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The Glowworm Cave of Te Anau, Part II

The Glowworm Cave of Te Anau, Part II

This is the second part of our post on my visit to the Glowworm Caves of Te Anau. Read Part I here. “Te Anau”  in Maori, is actually said to mean, “the cave with a current of swirling water,” which led to the Glowworm Caves’ rediscovery in 1948. After a walk crouched down low, the … Continue reading

The Glowworm Cave of Te Anau, Part I

The Glowworm Cave of Te Anau, Part I

It kept spinning over and over in my head:  “The Glowworm Song” that I remembered as a kid. “Shine little glow-worm, glimmer, glimmer….”  It hit number one on the Billboard Charts in 1952, and there’s  a Youtube video of the Mills Brothers singing it on the Nat King Cole Show in 1957.     Since then, I’ve … Continue reading

My Milford Track Encounter

My Milford Track Encounter

The Milford Track has always held a place in my imagination.  So when I learned that I could actually do a one-day “Milford Encounter” walk on the beginning part of the track, I jumped at the chance. I took an early morning  cab into Queenstown – a five minute drive – to meet up with … Continue reading

Queenstown: One great resort town

Queenstown: One great resort town

Queenstown bills itself as the adventure capital of New Zealand.  And no wonder.  Here you can find arrangements for everything from bungee jumping and 4-wheel drive tours to paragliding  and jetboating.  Hugging the shores of scenic Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown makes an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area, from a trip down the scenic Glenorchy … Continue reading

South Island Dreaming

South Island Dreaming

Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to see New Zealand, especially the South Island.  On my wish list were the Milford Track, Milford Sound, and the Southern Alps.  I had the opportunity to visit last fall, when Goway  helped me arrange the trip of a lifetime. My biggest problem was time.  I had been … Continue reading

My Introduction to “Flat White”

My Introduction to “Flat White”

My introduction to a Flat White came unexpectedly when I missed a connecting flight from Auckland to Wellington. The Air New Zealand flight from L.A. to Auckland was packed. Qantas was on strike, and Air New Zealand was accommodating passengers booked on Qantas, filling every seat on the aircraft. Much to my chagrin, I had … Continue reading