Guided Tour Kiwi Dundee (Friday)

Doug Johanson is his real name and has made quite a name for himself all over the world, as a conservationist. He has even got a gold medal from the Queen (1990) for services to nature and New Zealand Tourism, of which he is justly very proud.

Doug aka Kiwi Dundee.
Doug aka Kiwi Dundee.
His detailed knowledge was formidable . And his  sense of humour was  pretty good!
His detailed knowledge was formidable . And his sense of humour was
pretty good!

He told us so much about the ‘bush’ and the gold hunting that went on and much, much history of New Zealand.

A Black Fern.
A Black Fern.

The Black Fern is the biggest in the world. He showed us his bag of gold samples and various rocks at lunchtime, which were fantastic. When I asked him why he hadn’t sold them he replied, “So you sell them, you get money which you spend, then what have you got?” So they will be left to his kids and others will go into museums. They were that important.
We saw glow worms, one of the rarest frogs in the world in a dark, dank cave and he played tricks on us in another cave full of spiders by tickling the backs of our necks with a leaf on a stick. Doesn’t read that well in print but it was a hoot.

Looking down onto the Pacific Ocean.
Looking down onto the Pacific Ocean.

Back exhausted but knowledged up to our B & B. For dinner we go to a small cafe that had an open mic evening, with various folk singing to various standards with various guitars. Simon Cowell would have had a field day.

So tomorrow off to Roturua and a safe but scenic journey to the Regent hotel.
Thank you for reading. M & M

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

2 thoughts on “Guided Tour Kiwi Dundee (Friday)”

  1. Glad to hear you are still enjoying yourselves. Jackie is now home. She got your text message during the night.

    Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures. Love J & D


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