New Zealand

Romancing Nature. A Photo Gallery Tribute

Thumbnail image for Romancing Nature. A Photo Gallery Tribute by Gina "SuuperG" Stark April 16, 2013 Hiking

ShareI’m having an affair.  I thought you should be the first to know.  You’ve likely surmised as much if you follow my social media updates. But I thought I should come clean with my confession here, in a more intimate setting: I’m passionately in love with nature. “Earth laughs in flowers.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson […]

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New Zealand: The Elusive Kiwi – and I Don’t Mean Fruit!

Thumbnail image for New Zealand: The Elusive Kiwi – and I Don’t Mean Fruit! by Gina "SuuperG" Stark March 26, 2011 Travel and Adventures

ShareAnother excerpt from my down-underings in New Zealand: Being the avid birders that we are, my mum and I decided to take a pilgrimage to Stewart Island, off the southern most tip of the south island of New Zealand, to get our best chance of seeing the rare Kiwi bird in the wild.  Remember, “south” […]

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New Zealand: Lamb Squeezing

Thumbnail image for New Zealand: Lamb Squeezing by Gina "SuuperG" Stark May 6, 2010 Random Ponderings

ShareNo, it’s not some new, esoteric form of carnivorous culinaria.   Rather, I wanted – needed – to cuddle one of the darling cotton ball creatures ambling along on the hillsides since I stepped out of Auckland proper on my lucky visit there: When winds are soft, And the days are warm and clear, Just […]

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Crazy Aunt Club – I’ve Been Inducted!

Thumbnail image for Crazy Aunt Club – I’ve Been Inducted! by Gina "SuuperG" Stark March 28, 2010 Random Ponderings

ShareIt’s official.  I have evolved (or degraded) into the quirky, eccentric aunt everyone either wants or dreads or somewhere-in-between.  You know, the non-conforming aunt with no children, who has no social restraints imposed by fellow parents or schools or society to behave in a respectable and modest fashion. The one who travels, downs hot spicy […]

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New Zealand: Cantering Near Canterbury

Thumbnail image for New Zealand: Cantering Near Canterbury by Gina "SuuperG" Stark October 19, 2007 Travel and Adventures

ShareAnother beautiful day…for riding horses.  We were picked up at our hotel and shuttled – along with some Lord of the Rings fans – to a little valley called Glenorchy, 45 minutes outside of Queenstown.  The Rings fans went on a tour of movie set sights, on many of the horses used in the filming.  […]

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New Zealand: Weather…or Not

Thumbnail image for New Zealand: Weather…or Not by Gina "SuuperG" Stark October 15, 2007 Travel and Adventures

ShareI can’t believe I’m blogging about the weather…but, well, it’s better than politics! It’s funny, looking back on this collection of entries, how much it seems that inclement weather thwarted our plans.  But thwart or no, we were always guided to some other pleasant discoveries…if only that my traveling companion (my beloved Mom) and I […]

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Goodness Glaciers! Climbing Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

Thumbnail image for Goodness Glaciers! Climbing Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand by Gina "SuuperG" Stark October 13, 2007 Hiking

Share“Here’s to freedom, cheers to art. Here’s to having an excellent adventure and may the stopping never start.” ~ Jason Mraz Sometimes, the best experiences are thrust upon us from a seemingly unfortunate twist of events.  Today we had hoped to take a heli-hike combo onto the Franz Josef Glacier.  First, we convened at the […]

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Oh No! Marmites! & Other Culinary Commentary (New Zealand)

Thumbnail image for Oh No! Marmites! & Other Culinary Commentary (New Zealand) by Gina "SuuperG" Stark October 11, 2007 Random Ponderings

ShareSo, you know I like to at least TRY the traditional local fare when visiting places far and wide…hence the fried whole fishies and hot snail juice in Sevilla.  Which means I had to sample the famed (or infamous) Marmite of New Zealand, known as Vegimite in Australia, or the West Island. I made some […]

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