Rambling ‘Round Rotorua

Rotorua, aka Sulphur City, is in the crater of a huge volcano alongside the crater lake, Lake Rotorua. It gets its noxious nickname from the noticeable presence of hydrogen sulphide in the air, which smells like rotten eggs. The existence of hydrothermal activity in the region is obviously noticeable, with geysers, hot pools and bubbling…

The Tongariro Crossing

On a Wednesday morning in March I began my eight-hour trek across lava and ash in the land of Mordor New Zealand’s oldest national park—Tongariro. This area is part of the Taupo Volcanic Field, and in the park there are three main volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe (pronounced nar-uh-ho-ee), and Mt Tongariro. The geology of…

Milford Sound and the Fiordlands

Well I put Queenstown behind me for a few days and stayed in the lakeside town of Te Anau for a few days (pronounced tee-AH-now, hard to get it right). On my first day there I went on a spontaneous glow worm cave trip (no pictures, as the little creatures are sensitive to light) and spent…