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The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, New Zealand

Whenever we have friends visiting from overseas, we take them to the Waitakere Regional Park. A short drive from the inner city and you're in the middle of nature. The views from the visitor center are gorgeous, and it's an interesting place for kids of all ages! This...

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Exploring Ponsonby, Auckland

This week, I decided to do my writing session in a different place. I ended up in Ponsonby. Ponsonby is an inner-city suburb, around 2 kilometers from the city center of Auckland. The origins of the name Ponsonby are a bit murky, and my search didn’t produce a...

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Old St Pauls, Wellington, New Zealand #travel

Nestled in the heart of the commercial center of Wellington, not far from New Zealand’s parliament buildings, is an old church with a lot of history. Old St Paul’s is plain from the outside, a white building and dark spire, set in a large section and surrounded by...

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Dinosaur of the Insect World #travel #NewZealand

The weta - it's a large and primitive insect, native to New Zealand. The reason I chose to write about wetas today is so more people know what they are. When I used a weta reference in my book Janaya, my editor didn't know what I was talking about and I had to rewrite...

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Tirau: Corrugated Captial #newzealand #travel

Tirau is a small New Zealand town. It's pronounced Tee-rau 1. Tirau, originally referred to a hill three miles southwest of the village, is covered with cabbage trees where Maori trapped the keruru (wood pigeon). It was first settled by the Ngati Raukawa, although...

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Middlemarch Shifters: Sutton Salt Lake #travel #newzealand

Several of the books in my Middlemarch Shifters series mention Sutton Salt Lake. In My Feline Protector, a villain terrorizes the heroine during a visit to the lake. Our visit was a peaceful one. Sutton Salt Lake is an inland lake. It is an unusual lake because, as...

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The Giant’s House, Akaroa, New Zealand #travel

Some more photos from the Giant’s house, a photographers’ dream. Hubby playing the piano out in the garden. It was French cafe music! Vegetables and flowers combine with sculpture to create a fun vista. If you’re ever in this part of the world, I highly recommend a...

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The Giant’s House, Akaroa, New Zealand #travel

The Giant’s House was build in 1880 and is made of native totara and kauri timber. The house was originally owned by a bank manager. Artist and sculptor Josie Martin purchased the house and has used the gardens as her artist canvas and created a wonderland—a fun place...

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The White Heron or Kotuku

While the white heron is common in Australia and parts of Asia, we’re lucky to see them. They are considered rare in New Zealand. The Maori called them kotuku and their white feathers were highly sought for decoration. It is known as a graceful and beautiful bird and...

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