Sunday, 30 October 2016

New Zealand 2016: Last Road to Christchurch.....Quake City, International Antarctic Centre and Cultivating Christchurch

Kia Ora!

Greetings from New Zealand!

The sun is setting and my time is nearly up as the road before me is coming to an end. But I'm still alive and one last thing to say.

So, this is my last blog of Aotearoa from my final destination - New Zealand's second largest city, which has been world publicised for its taints of tragedy and infectious spirit of recovery .......Christchurch 

** I'd recorded this video before the major earthquake in Italy struck

The last road to Christchurch.....

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

New Zealand 2016: Sal - The Dairy Farmer and The Love of Eros...

Kia Ora!

And now, the end is near, and so I face, the final curtain.....but not yet...

Greetings from my rather bumper animal themed blog post from the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' - Aotearoa, my time is nearly up for my travels across the far away land of New Zealand. But I have some last experiences to share with you.....first, in this blog post....from a Calf Nursery on a NZ Dairy Farm.

Being a curious person, I wanted to experience working on a Dairy Farm and see how the industry is run.

**At the time recording this video, I was naively unaware of the fate of these calves. At first, we are led to believe they are abandoned by their mothers but in fact are taken from them a couple of days after birth to be sent to be slaughtered and grieving mothers are impregnated again to lactate milk which isn't intended for human consumption. I struggle to find the moral well being of this and after seeing the true nature of dairy industries, I have personally chosen to not contribute to the industry by consuming beef/veal or cows milk for both ethical and environmental reasons...

Sunday, 17 July 2016

New Zealand 2016: Animal Friends of Kaikoura, Whale Rider, Aquarium Volunteering, and Flying a Plane!

Kia Ora!

Greetings from mid- winter here in Aotearoa!

But here's a introductory video diary from my visit on route to the pretty peninsula whale town of Kaikoura

Sunday, 10 July 2016

New Zealand 2016: Farewell North Island, The Cook Strait Crossing, Happy Daisy's of Nelson, Tall Ship Journey on the Alvei and the Abel Tasman National Park

Kia Ora!

You know that saying 'Its the choices we make, and chances we take, determine our destiny'? Well its none other true when you experience the serendipity surprises of life on the road....

Greetings from Te Waka a Maui (The canoe of Maui) or in English - New Zealand's South Island! which Maori believe was the waka canoe that demi god Maui was sailing in when he pulled up the North Island or the Fish of Maui. Well, after 8 adventurous months (really its been 8 months!) of my explorations of the North Island and with NZ winter rolling in, I had come to the end of the road or....end of the fish head....and jumped on board the Interislander ferry Kaitaki at Port Nicholson (Wellington) to cross the Cook Strait and the passageway to the new world of the South Island....thank god I picked a beautiful morning....

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

New Zealand 2016: Journey with Maoris down the Whanganui River, The River Mail Run to Pipiriki, The Convent of Holy Jerusalem and A Brush with Parliament in Capital City Wellington!

Kia Ora!

Greetings from Wellington! New Zealands windy cool capital city. Now nearly 8 months living in New Zealand, I have finished my travels of Aotearoa's North Island and am now on the gateway of the Cook Strait, the most southern point of the Island.

But lets tell you of what I've seen and done in my last few weeks on the North Island - first here's a video from Ranana on the Whanganui River....

Sunday, 15 May 2016

New Zealand 2016: Headin' South - Lake Aniwhenua, The Maori Wall Carvings of Lake Taupo and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing....

Kia Ora!

Greetings again from Aotearoa with my latest blog post. Last time I left you I had returned to Rotorua after spending a period of time staying on the East Cape where in my opinion I found the 'real, raw New Zealand' living in the Maori community of Tokomaru Bay.

But here's a good evening message from the heart of the North Island of New the great Lake Taupo. 

Thursday, 5 May 2016

New Zealand 2016: Last Sun Rise of Napier, Earth Plaster House of Gisborne, East Bro to the Ends of The Earth, Toko Bay Maori Community and Return to Rotorua....

Kia Ora!

Good morning! and thanks for tuning into my latest blog from my travels across New Zealand. Last time I wrote of my escapades would have been in Napier where I was picking apples to continue my travels further up the East Cape 'cuzzy' (how the Maori's affectionately address you), but here's a little video from my latest of which....was living on a BUS...

But hey, more about that in a tick....

Sunday, 27 March 2016

New Zealand 2016: Hoppin' into Hobbiton, Apple Picking in Napier and Swimmin' with Sharks!

Kia Ora with the Dawning of a New Day!

Sorry if the sound from the beach is a little bad, but if you turn it up it should help...


Saturday, 27 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: In The Footsteps of The Maori of Rotorua and Encountering the Kiwi.....

Kia Ora!

Greetings from steamy Rotorua! and I don't mean steamy because its a sweltering summer down here in the Bay of Plenty but steamy because this part of the North Island is on top of volcanic geo-thermal activity fields so that means smelly, steaming geo thermal pools as per my video I disappear into the smoke...

Its been an extremely busy 10 days here in Rotorua as I've been visiting several Maori villages to discover and learn more about the fascinating culture of the native New Zealanders, so I've summed it up here with a lot of cool stuff for you with lots of photos, videos and info from my explorations.......enjoy

Monday, 22 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: Strayin' The North - Surfin' Raglan, Swingin' Waitamo Caves and Night in the Mourea Marae....

Kia Ora!

Greetings from New blog coming this time as I've done some pretty cool things in a short number of days which needs to be shouted about!

Summer is nearly over here in Aotearoa, so I hit the road again leaving the Bay of Islands behind and hitchhiked south back to Auckland City to begin my travels further down to the rest of the North Island......

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: Waka Canoeing with the Ngapuhi, The Treaty of Waitangi and Help Xchangin' for Maori Family

Kia Ora!

Greetings from Waitangi 'The Birth of A Nation' which is New Zealand, the video will give you some clue, sorry for the abrupt cutting off...ran out of memory arggh!.

Yeah so more on that later....leaves it as a bit of a cliffhanger but first my experience going on a Waka Voyage with the local Ngapuhi Maori Tribe down the Waitangi River....

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

New Zealand 2016: The Cream Trip of The Bay of Islands and Journey to the Top of New Zealand!

Kia Ora!

Greetings from the Bay of Islands! After 3 weeks working at the Healing Retreat, I hitchhiked East and headed North to the bay side town of Paihia which is the gate way to The Bay of Islands and more adventures out to sea and gateway to the Northern Tip of New Zealand...

Friday, 15 January 2016

New Zealand 2016: Happy New Year 2016 and Farewell Auckland!, Adios Athos!, Volcano Lava Cave Exploring, a Maori Christmas and Overnight Waka Voyage with the Flu!


Happy New Year 2016!

Well...this is what I would have seen if I could have got out of bed but unfortunately I was suffering from a bad flu I caught whilst sailing out at sea on an overnight Waka trip earlier that week...more on that later....