Blog Posts - North Island



A Trip to the Coromandel

A ferry operator with a sense of humour, a tiny community library, and a view to renew the soul… Last weekend, Tim and I embarked upon a road trip familiar to many Kiwis. Countless tourists – New Zealanders and foreign holidaymakers alike – hav...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 12, 2016

I Finally Visited a Cat Café!

Can you believe cat cafes have only been a thing in New Zealand since last year? Rather predictably, they’ve become really popular, popping up in more and more places. Not Hamilton, unfortunately, which is why I, self-confessed crazy cat lady, only...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 5, 2016

Pandan Island – Ein Paradies zum Schnorcheln

Die kleine 20 ha große Insel „Pandan Island“ ist in nicht vielen Reiseführern zu finden, wie wir von einem „aufgebrachten“ Italiener erfahren mussten, der diese traumhafte Insel nur durch Zufall entdeckte und sich aufregte,...
by Auszeitnomaden on Aug 2, 2016

New Zealand and Volcanoes

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!: When I was nine years old, my world fell apart. There I was, living quite happily in a small town in the North of England, when my parents dropped a bombshell: we were moving to New Zealand. New Zealand – wasn’t t...
by POMS AWAY! on Jul 4, 2016

The Alien World of White Island

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!: Have you ever visited somewhere so unique that you rave about it years later? It’s been six years since my family went to New Zealand’s White Island, and I still find myself thinking about it and talking about how...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 19, 2016

The Otuataua Stonefields

When you’re an immigrant, you spend a lot of time at the airport, picking up visiting relatives. I’ve been to Auckland Airport many times, but I never knew about the important archaeological site right next to it! The Otuataua Stonefields are a p...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 14, 2016

Top Wines at Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour - May 2016

At the Great New Zealand Wine Tiki Tour in May, as expected, there were many very nice Sauvignon Blanc wines, including some oaked styles, and Pinot Noir wines. However, there were two wines that stood out - a young Syrah that showed impeccable balan...

A Stroll through History

I learnt a lot about the history of Auckland last weekend, both Maori and European. I walked across the Otuataua Stonefields, an archaeological site encompassing one of New Zealand’s earliest settlements, and I visited the Howick Historical Village...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 8, 2016

Road to Perdition

I don’t know where to begin this story. I could begin in media res, with a familiar yet disturbingly alien landscape trundling past a window. I could begin with the provocatively dramatic image of a nun aiming a revolver at a sheriff. I could begin...
by POMS AWAY! on May 9, 2016

Taitua Arboretum (with an international forestry expert!)

It’s a beautiful day in Hamilton. The sun’s shining with all the warmth of summer. What a wonderful day to stroll around Taitua Arboretum! Pity we went yesterday when the weather wasn’t so good. “Not a sky in the clouds,” a friend of mine s...
by POMS AWAY! on Apr 18, 2016

Jazzing It Up for Easter

Every Easter since 1963, the sunny city of Tauranga has hosted New Zealand’s National Jazz Festival. My parents live in Tauranga, so, of course, they always go. This year, I went with them. Despite the bad weather warnings, Easter 2016 was scorchin...
by POMS AWAY! on Mar 29, 2016

Stratford-upon-Patea: Town of Pioneers, Players and Peaks

A Tudor-style clock tower isn’t what one expects to see when driving through a small New Zealand town. When one realises the town’s name is Stratford, however, it makes perfect sense. The Stratford Clock Tower is unique in New Zealand. It houses...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 21, 2016

An English Paradise in Taranaki

This is a rare sight in New Zealand: a beautiful English-style mansion surrounded by perfect gardens – complete with gardeners’ cottage – on a hill overlooking a river. It really is wonderfully twee. It’s called Tupare and it’s located just...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 15, 2016

New Zealand’s Most Enchanting Museum

You know sometimes you go somewhere not expecting much, but end up utterly enchanted? That’s what happened when I went to Nigel Ogle’s Tawhiti Museum in Taranaki. I can’t recommend it highly enough! Just go there, and make sure you give yoursel...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 9, 2016

The Goblin Forest

Before I went to Hogwarts, I spent my childhood exploring Enid Blyton’s Enchanted Wood. A few weeks ago, on the slopes of Taranaki, I felt like I’d returned. Taranaki is a dormant volcano on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. When th...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 1, 2016

Going Medieval in Tauranga

The air tasted of sweat, dust and sunscreen. The scent of parched grass, greasy food and distant animal dung hung over the arena. Two potbellied gladiators sized each other up, blunted weapons poised. They hadn’t quite gotten the cheers they’d wa...
by POMS AWAY! on Jan 24, 2016

New Plymouth’s Festival of Lights

This isn’t fairyland. This is Pukekura Park in New Plymouth. Every summer, from mid-December to late-January, it’s festooned with thousands of magical lights. It’s called the Festival of Lights, and people travel from all over New Zealand to se...
by POMS AWAY! on Jan 18, 2016

Bridal Veil Falls

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!:Bridal Veil Falls has to be one of the most photogenic places in New Zealand. I went for the first time last weekend and I didn’t get a single bad picture. Choosing which photographs to use for this post was no mean...
by POMS AWAY! on Jan 10, 2016

Getting Lost in Fantasy Gardens

If you’re travelling around New Zealand and you like gardens, visit Hamilton. Hamilton Gardens won International Garden of the Year 2014 and it’s still growing. The wonder of Hamilton Gardens lies in its layout. It has many different collections...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 15, 2015

Another Reason to Visit Hamilton

Hamilton Zoo is a lot more than it first appears. It may not be as grand as Auckland Zoo, but it is certainly as good. Many say better. I went with my parents and boyfriend last weekend, and we found it more pleasant to walk around than Auckland Zoo.
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 7, 2015


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