Seems a strange photo to post, I know, but a new tunnel has been open in Auckland for a while now which finally gives access to the airport from the north without having to drive through residential areas of the city. Hooray!
About time I say! A modern city needs modern infrastructure, and Auckland is constantly playing catch-up with a fast-growing population.
A few months ago, I went to watch a film at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington. This cinema has been lovingly restored in the Art Deco style, at least partly thanks to Peter Jackson as it was his childhood haunt (hence the memorabilia from his movies).
It truly is marvellous to go to a building with a bit of character for a change instead of the identikit structures we are presented with on a regular basis. And it has a lovely restaurant and bar area in it too.
I imagine this place is a bit unknown but great to visit…albeit the movie wasn’t the best.
I’ve been living in New Zealand for five years now and at last I have seen Mount Ruapehu in her full glory. Every time I have passed by on the road or in the sky previously, she has been shrouded in cloud and mystery…but at long last the skirt has been lifted and I thought I’d share this with you…
Majestic! You can also see Mount Ngauruhoe (another volcano) to the right.
Mount Ruapehu is the highest point of the North Island and is also an active volcano and winter skiing destination…nothing like having mutliple uses is there?
While in the Wairarapa, I had the pleasure of staying in a bach (a kiwi term for a cottage, as close as I can get it) which was a shepherd’s house at one time. No TV, no internet, no mobile phone coverage and about 5kms from a main road. Waking up to the sight and sound of cows, sheep, horses or even donkeys wandering around just outside. What could be better?
While visiting the Wairarapa region of New Zealand, I went to the Pukaha Mount Bruce national wildlife centre. This is primarily a location where they assist with the conservation of native species, including many of NZ’s birds.
One of the highlights is undoubtedly the native Kaka, a woodland parrot. They sure know when feeding time is and queue up in the trees for 3pm. Clever, and beautiful, birds. Hopefully one day they (and others) will be able to spread out across NZ once more as mammalian pests are brought under closer control. These Kaka are wild but sure know where they are best to hang out!