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Exploring Hamilton’s Parks

Say what you like about Hamilton, it’s got some pretty nice parks. I’ve just been for a walk along the east side of the river, passing through Parana Park, Memorial Park and Hayes Paddock and, I have to say, I was impressed. It was great walking...
by POMS AWAY! on Jan 19, 2015

Cows and Chlamydia: My First Impressions of Hamilton

Well, I live in Hamilton now. Never thought I’d say that. For those of you who don’t live in New Zealand, Hamilton is… well, it’s just one of those places. It’s mercilessly mocked by the rest of the country, perhaps a little unfairly. Cows...
by POMS AWAY! on Jan 13, 2015

The Eve of Christmas Eve, New Zealand

That was what our weather was like yesterday, the day before Christmas Eve. Then, yesterday evening, we were treated to this: Spoiled with such visions, we dared to hope that, this year, the weather would be just as glorious on Christmas Day. It is...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 23, 2014

The Eve of Christmas Eve, New Zealand

That was what our weather was like yesterday, the day before Christmas Eve. Then, yesterday evening, we were treated to this: Spoiled with such visions, we dared to hope that, this year, the weather would be just as glorious on Christmas Day. It is...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 23, 2014

A Walk in the Waitaks

Yesterday, I indulged in that most Kiwi of pastimes: a bushwalk. The weather was beautiful and we didn’t even get started until 4pm. We just drove up into the Waitaks and wandered down to the dam. The Waitakere Dam was built in 1910 and still suppl...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 9, 2014

A Walk in the Waitaks

Yesterday, I indulged in that most Kiwi of pastimes: a bushwalk. The weather was beautiful and we didn’t even get started until 4pm. We just drove up into the Waitaks and wandered down to the dam. The Waitakere Dam was built in 1910 and still suppl...
by POMS AWAY! on Dec 9, 2014

Why Living in Tauranga Ruins You for Life

I live in Tauranga, New Zealand. But not for much longer. The time has come to fly the nest. To Hamilton. Laugh all you want. Hamilton’s a nice place. (I’ve written about it here – fingers crossed I won’t have to eat my words!) But it’s not...
by POMS AWAY! on Nov 23, 2014

Why Living in Tauranga Ruins You for Life

I live in Tauranga, New Zealand. But not for much longer. The time has come to fly the nest. To Hamilton. Laugh all you want. Hamilton’s a nice place. (I’ve written about it here – fingers crossed I won’t have to eat my words!) But it’s not...
by POMS AWAY! on Nov 23, 2014

New Zealand North-to-South: A 3-Week Itinerary

If you are talking about thrill seeking and adventure, you’re probably thinking about New Zealand. It’s one of those… The post New Zealand North-to-South: A 3-Week Itinerary appeared first on Marie Away.
by Marie Away on Nov 10, 2014

The Best Place to Go in Hamilton

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!:My family’s been to Hamilton lots since moving to New Zealand. It’s a nice city, despite the comments. (Kiwis think it’s boring. Young people call it Hamiltron, a nickname heaving with irony.) The Waikato River r...
by POMS AWAY! on Sep 17, 2014

McLaren Falls

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!:Just outside Tauranga, McLaren Falls Park is a beautiful place. You can feed the ducks and kayak on Lake McLaren, surrounded by stunning trees. You can walk around the lake – so peaceful, and the path’s of a decent...
by POMS AWAY! on Sep 1, 2014

New Zealand’s Pompeii

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!:That breathtaking view is of Lake Tarawera. As I took that photograph, I couldn’t believe how peaceful it was, how much like paradise it looked. In 1886, it was the site of the most terrifying volcanic eruption in N...
by POMS AWAY! on Aug 25, 2014

Wine tasting in NZ

Vineyards and olive trees stretch into rolling green hills. Before me sit four empty wine glasses, and one that still holds nearly half a glass of pale amber sauvignon blanc. I may as well be in a New Zealand tourism ad. But, this is real life, and I...
by Marie Away on Aug 7, 2014

Finding Wonderland: Te Puna Quarry Park

Originally posted on POMS AWAY!:Just outside Tauranga, off State Highway 2, lies somewhere I wish I’d been a long time ago. I wasn’t expecting much when I went with my family last week, but Te Puna Quarry Park surprised me in the best way possibl...
by POMS AWAY! on Jul 28, 2014

The Seriously Good Food Show

The other day I got to sample some of the best food New Zealand has to offer. I spent a good few hours wandering around tasting local wine after local wine and infused olive oil after infused olive oil, in what can only be described as a middle-class...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 30, 2014

Auckland Zoo

Auckland Zoo is one of the best zoos in the world. I first went at the age of ten, when my family had just moved to New Zealand. When we lived in England, we were regular visitors of Chester Zoo, so Auckland Zoo had a tough act to follow. And it perf...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 22, 2014

Great Walks for Wusses: My Top 10 North Island Day Walks

When it comes to outdoor activities, I’m a bit of a wuss. I like tramping – nature, fresh air, fitness – but I don’t like getting muddy. Or sleeping in huts or tents. Or going through streams. Basically, I like to be comfortable. (And what’...
by POMS AWAY! on May 27, 2014

My Weekend in Wellington

I just got back from Wellington, the capitol city of New Zealand. I was really excited to go. I had been once before, but years ago, with my parents. All I remembered from that trip was getting my skirt blown up above my head in public. Wellington’...
by POMS AWAY! on May 22, 2014

Travel: Destination New Zealand Fit for a Royal

Although the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have departed New Zealand after an extensive 9-day royal visit, travelers can take inspiration from their kiwi adventures by booking their own trip to New Zealand! From sailing around the beautiful harbor-si...
by Jetsetera on Apr 24, 2014

Haute Cuisine – Literally

Twice, I’ve had the pleasure of dining at New Zealand’s only revolving restaurant. Appropriately named Orbit, it’s situated near the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower – the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – and it’s the poshest re...
by POMS AWAY! on Apr 14, 2014


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