Literature lovers will like this
The older you get, the faster time flies… and it’s true, 2016 is already over. So it goes. It’s been New Zealand’s hottest year (in relation to the weather) since 1909 and that’s certainly not everything that happened last year. Ironically, 2017 did not start too well with weather, since in some areas heavy rain is expected. But that’s not what today’s blogpost will be about. Today I want to talk about experiences in New Zealand that might be interesting for literature enthuisasts — and best of all, you have all the time in the world. (Well, let’s say at least one human life.)
Did you know there are guided cultural tours where you can walk through the nature and listen to stories told by the Maori? I think it’s an unique opportunity for both lovers of literature and culture to learn more about the Maori.
Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand’s most famous historical literary figure, was a modernist short fiction writer who grew up in Wellington. You can visit her Birthplace, which has been restored to create an authentic atmosphere.
If you’re into poems, you should definitely walk the Haiku Pathway in Katikati. It’s a two kilometre riverside walkway where you can find big stones with inscribed haiku (a Japanese verse form) written by New Zealanders and poets from Australia and America. The first verse you can read when you enter the Pathway says: “Strangers they stop and ask me the way if only I knew”.
Another world-famous writer, Dame Ngaio Marsh, lived in New Zealand — more precisely in Christchurch. She was a detective writer and legendary theatrical producer. You can visit her house, which includes her extentive library with the original editions of all her mystery novels.
And of course there’s a lot more to experience! If you are interested in that topic and want to learn more, just click here.