Lady Knox Geyser, Rotoroa Hot Pools, New Zealand - One of the things that you will notice the most when visiting Rotoroa is the distinct ‘rotten egg’ smell that fills the air.
This smell is actually sulphur and comes from the famous hot pools situated south of the town. Before visiting the hot pools however, the other key attraction of Rotoroa is the Lady Knox Geyser.
Originally discovered by prisoners clearing forest land to build a new prison, it stands to this day erupting once everyday! When we visited it was given helping hand by our geyser expert as he placed a bag of washing up powder into it!
Cue a spectacular site of water and soap gushing high into the air and another great example of a natural wonder of New Zealand!
Cornish Pasty In New Zealand? Oh Yes! - Whilst browsing the bustling night markets of Rotoroa (Highly recommended!) I couldn’t help but stumble across this stall which as you can imagine definitely caught my eye!
Who would have thought, traveling to the other side of the world a Cornishman would stumble across a pasty! After chatting to the stall owner, he has been living in New Zealand for over 7 years after originally coming from Redruth! The pasty itself was made by a woman from Mevagissey!
For the record, it tasted great and definitely added something extra special to my holiday!
Be sure to check out their website to find out more about the great work these Cornish boys n girls are doing over there! - http://www.cornishpasties.co.nz
Okere Falls Visit, New Zealand - Whilst on route to Taupo from Rotorua, we by chance stopped by these amazing waterfalls and river known as Okere Falls.
A short 20 minute walk around the falls told the story of the site where New Zealand’s first hydro electric power station was built! I could see why, the sheer power of the water cascading down the falls would have created an incredible amount of power for the surrounding downs.
Whilst there we were also lucky to see some brave souls kayaking down the rapids! Rather them than me that’s for sure!
With the great views and sounds of crashing water made Okere Falls a great stop off point during our trip.
New Custom Blog Background - Figuring that having my ugly mug spralled across my blog background previously, I decided I needed a change! So whom better to ask than my very talented sister Hayley to design one for me.
The brief was simple, create a collage of both London and Cornwall pics and merge them together. I’m really happy with the end result and think it looks great uploaded.
Be sure to share a like/follow on my sisters blog here - http://hayleyorchard.tumblr.com/
Lemon And Paeroa Bottle Shrine In Paeroa, New Zealand - Another Kiwi icon to sample was there most famous soft drink, Lemon and Paeroa. Now I’ve been told the Paeroa is mineral water taken from springs found in Paeroa and when mixed with lemon, add heaps of sugar and carbonated water and you got yourself a pretty refreshing soft drink!
So whilst on a long drive down to Waitomo to see the caves, we drove through the town of Paeroa and though and behold, there was a huge bottle shrine dedicated to this national icon.
Cue a slightly awkward ‘tree hug’ style photo with Rach as all of the traffic was shooting past us on the main road nearby. Still was great to stumble across this obviously special place in New Zealand folklore.
Around Mission Bay, New Zealand - My first taste of a Kiwi beach and I wasn’t disppointed. We visited Mission Bay which is about 15/20 minutes outside of Auckland city centre. On a gorgeous, hot sunny day it was great to walk along the beach and to just smell that sea air.
Hey I could easily get used to having this on my doorstep all over again! It’s kind of like living in Cornwall if you squint your eyes really tightly!
Stunning Mount Maunganui, New Zealand - One of the top destinations in New Zealand that Rach wanted to show me was Mount Maunganui. Not only does it offer a stunning beach, but also has the striking mount dominating the landscape.
As we weren’t properly equipped to go hiking to the top of the Mount, we did the next best thing in walking around its base. As you make each turn, you are greeted by both the sights and sounds of the crashing Atlantic Ocean against the shore.
Rach has always said that she wants to move here if we were to ever emigrate to New Zealand in the future and I can see why! Its like one big picture postcard!
Black Sands Of Karioitahi Beach, New Zealand - Now coming from Cornwall, I have been blessed with some pretty amazing beaches but coming to Karioitahi beach was something very different!
Now if you can’t tell from the pictures, the ‘sand’ is completely black! It’s actually made of iron filings (I think?) and its a lot finer to touch than the normal sand you would find on the beech!
It was all a bit of a surreal experience but it looked amazing (albeit very windy!).
A Kiwi Icon, The New Zealand Pie - Before I went to New Zealand I was told that I simply must “have a pie from a dairy or BP garage”. Even when I asked for advice on a typical New Zealand dish to try the response was ‘a pie’.
So here we are, I played it safe with a standard beef mince and the slightly unusual ‘steak and cheese’. Have to say both of which were really nice but do they compare to a proper Cornish pasty from home…naaaah! ;)
Kelly & Tony’s Kiwi Wedding - So not only did I get to experience how amazing New Zealand was during my visit, I was also very lucky to be invited to a friends wedding! Rach was there as a bridesmaid and looked amazing along with the other bridesmaids and the bride of course!
The wedding was held at Bracu (near to Pukekohe) at a stunning olive grove on a glorious sunny day. With amazing food, emotional/funny speeches and a great atmosphere, a truly amazing day and I wish both Kelly & Tony a very happy married life together!