All posts tagged: New Zealand

An unexpected twist to a Valentines Day walk

To celebrate Valentines Day, Mr D & I went for a walk.  We got for a lot of walks together, and a walk is a nice way to celebrate what the holiday is supposed to be about, while avoiding all the commercial rubbish and stress. For this time, we picked a favourite walking spot: Otari Wilton’s Bush, but settled on a combination of routes we don’t often take, to give us a full 3 hour walk. Because we were taking paths we don’t usually take, I got slightly confused, and we took a wrong turn, and ended up somewhere quite amazing: amongst the gravestones in an older, quite overgrown portion of Old Karori Cemetery. Old Karori Cemetery is one of the biggest in NZ (over 4o hectares) and I’ve only ever seen the extremely tidy, well kept portions near the entrance, so it took me a moment to realise where we were. It was quite a fascinating place to end up, particularly if you didn’t expect it: an old cemetery, overgrown and looking as if …

Clamdigging shorts (with asides)

In Dunedin just after New Years, my host asked if I would like to go clam-digging.  I’ve never been clam-digging before – there are no clams in Hawaii, and (as far as I can tell) very few within a reasonable drive of Wellington.  I am extremely enthusiastic both about new experiences and foraging for food (Mr D says “It’s so weird being with you in Hawaii.  You just go into the bush and find stuff and eat it), so I was quite excited. Dunedin has clam beaches (clam fields?  What do you call an area where one goes to harvest clams? (harvest?  catch?  what do you call the act of collecting clams?)) a reasonably short drive from the city centre, so we headed out away from the city to find one. We drove out along the coast, around still bays and past rocky islands, by spreading sand beaches, and between cone-shaped volcanic hills. Finally, we came to our chosen bay, with stretches of sand and shallow sea-grass islands revealed by the ebbing tide. Just a few meters …

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Travels in New Zealand: Tunnel Beach, Dunedin

I spent last week in Dunedin, which was quite lovely, as I’ve never really had the opportunity to be a tourist in New Zealand.  I had lots of fun adventures, and I’ll be blogging a few of them. This one started the minute I got off the plane. Airport corridors in New Zealand are plastered with panoramic views of local scenic spots, and little stories about them.  De-planeing in Dunedin, I caught a few sentences of one story “the tunnel was hand-carved through meters of solid rock” “workers were forbidden from using the beach” “his daughter bathed in privacy” “local mermaid sightings increased.”  (sadly I didn’t get photos because of all the impatient people de-planeing with me, so if you happen to be in the Dunedin International Airport (aka the tiny building in the cow pasture) and can photograph or transcribe the actual story for me, you’d be my hero!) Intrigued, I asked my hosts about the story.  “Oh, that’s Tunnel Beach!  We’re going to take you there!” This is the story I compiled from them and …