You are lakeside, in a city and a region renowned for its geothermal wonders and stunning volcanic lake formations. The city, even, takes its name from a lake. It is nestled into the southern shores of Lake Rotorua, Te Rotorua-nui-ā-Kahumatamomoe, the second Great Lake of Kahumatamomoe.Read More
Ōhope Beach, there it is in the eastern Bay of Plenty, on the northeast coast of the North Island, over the hill from Whakatāne. Ōhope translates as "of or belonging to the hips”. It’s said to refer to the extreme treatment of two captives, during the 1880s….A beautiful beach, with a long history of pre-European settlement, and some dispute. And delicious food too.Read More
At last. A sunny day, at the edge of winter’s end. Yay. Katikati bound, with high hopes of of blue skies, heading towards the aptly named Bay of Plenty region.
And plenty there was, indeed. Plenty of real New Zealand food, including wonderful smoked Tauranga fish, raw milk cheese, macadamia nuts, and local honey.Read More