I was blown away this morning when I opened my iPhone to see a Facebook reference
from my nephew in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Antony Thorpe simply said “Our backyard … anyone want to come for a visit!”
What followed was an inspiring You Tube (experienceoz.com.au/nz-top-10) piece on the top 10 New Zealand destinations.
It’s No 1 that got my attention — Taranaki is not only the province I grew up in but also the centerpoint of much of the Finding Dermot story, my recent novel.
“Both wild and rugged, spectacular and historically influential, the Taranaki region checks all the boxes as far as nature and variety of landscape are concerned — with the mountain the cherry on the top of the sightseeing sundae.”
Very encouraging. A key character in Dermot is Blossom O’Sage who spends much of her New Zealand time in the main city of New Plymouth on her quest to find the out of sight Dermot Strongman. Her journey takes her to Whangamomona in the rugged hill country on the eastern rim of this adventurous region.