Christchurch S.Island.

The Wizard. He talks to people in the Cathedral Square everyday about any subject!

The Wizards car. Isn’t it brilliant?

Christchurch Cathedral. This  unfortunately is no longer there after the earthquake of last year.

Hundreds of Dusky Dolphins off the coast of Kaukoura, South Island.

‘Roaring Meg’. The first bungee jump ever was done over this river!

Queenstown. Looking at the ‘Remarkables’. And they are truly remarkable!!

Me and my backpack. Yes, I was leaning forward because of the weight!!

This is ‘E’ in front of Mount Cook. At 3755 metres high it is the highest peak in Australasia. We camped under the mount  listening to avalanches all night! It was freezing cold at night even though it was N.Z. summer.

Rotorua. New Year’s Day and  the first shaft of sunlight of 2001 in the world (except for Fiji)

White Island. This is an active volcano in the Bay Of Plenty. We had to wear gas masks and chemical suits because the air is so poisonous with sulphur.

Ka mate,Ka mate

Ka ora, Ka ora

Tenei tetangata, puhuruhuru

Nana i tiki mai whakawhiti te ra

Upane, upane

Upane kaupane

Whiti te ra…….

Happy New Year



Happy New Year to everyone and we hope you all had a good Yuletide. This is our first blog in a while, so why not make it about the New Year. But, in true Willowarchway style, nothing can be straightforward, and so this is our New Zealand New Year. We thought in light of whats happened over there in the past year, we would like to share a small part of our experiences whilst we were over there in 2000-2001. It,s an awesome place to experience with the people, the culture and the scenery.

We went over there with pushbikes and cycled around until the hills turned into mountains and volcanoes. We cycled from Auckland to Rotorua.

Lake Rotorua looking at Mokoia Island at sunset. We both got jobs working on the campsite here, I fixed the owners outboard motor on his boat and he said “Have I got a deal for you!” We stayed at this campsite for about 6 months on and off with travelling in between.

Mount Tarawera. This erupted in I886 burying the pink and white terraces.

Underneath this steam is a bubbling hot mud pool. This was in the local park (Kuirau Park) that we used to walk through every day and the whole area was geothermic.

The same park one week later! This is not snow, it’s ash ! The park literally blew up and left a massive crater,thankfully there were no fatalities. On one day alone we experienced 22 earthquakes, most were just ripples but there was one almighty bang and a shake and the locals said they had been waiting all day for that one!!

Banks Peninsula, South Island around Christchurch. This is an extinct volcano that blew itself up leaving the crater, now full of water from the ocean, and left the lava flow in the centre.

This is the lava flow that runs from left to right in the middle of the previous picture. This looks so surreal how the lava creates strange ripples.

Seasonal Recipes for New Year.


The shortest day is thankfully behind us but we must wait awhile before the evenings start to lenghten. The weather is windy and wet. Here in Arigna we are still in Christmas holiday mood. I go into semi-hibernation at this time of year, I just love it. Cold wet and windy outside and we are indoors, the stove is pumping out the heat, friends calling, bit of cooking, drinking and eating.

Yesterday I made an Italian Hazelnut Cake, forgive me for my arrogant self-praise but it was gorgeous! Don’t have a pic of the finished cake as our friends LJ and Elaine turned up (they were invited), and we had the cake for an after lunch dessert. Then we had some more with the Bailey’s Irish Cream in the afternoon…and so it disappeared…without being photographed! I will give you the recipe so you can make one and judge for yourself…

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