New for 2020 ... a comprehensive schedule of ALL the ThetaHealing classes that John and I can teach
John and I are combining our skills to offer classes in a variety of formats to suit people who work, people who prefer instensive study and those who might want to do something different during the holidays.
OVERSEAS STUDENTS: We will be offering tours and accommodation for a true "Kiwi Experience" for people visiting from overseas. The schedule has been arranged so that visitors from overseas can do a package of the "foundation" ThetaHealing classes, with the option to stay on and do Intuitive Anatomy. Time has been added into the schedule for guided tours and visits to local places of interest so you can "learn whilst you play" in New Zealand.
Just some of the places to go and things to see in or around Hamilton, NZ
We will be running classes in or near to Hamilton in the central North Island (*) of New Zealand. Although not as spectacular as some areas of NZ, it is very convenient to both east and west coasts, Rotorua, Hobbiton, etc., and is a beautifully lush region with some large hills and mountains on its borders. In other words, it's a great base to explore from whilst attending our Theta' classes or if you wanted to extend your trip afterward.
You can fly domestically within New Zealand from Hamilton, but international flights come in and out of Auckland; which is only about 1.5hrs north of Hamilton.
Note: We will be offering some of these trips as a guided, minibus tour.
(*) The two main islands of New Zealand don't have unique names; they're just called the North and South Islands. However, there is a third called Stewart Island (way down south); and numerous smaller ones such as Waiheke Island (near Auckland).
Short trips (1-2 hours; "do-able" after class)
- Hamilton Gardens - A definite "must see" and one of our favourite places to visit year-round. Free-entry and open dawn to dusk. There's an excellent cafe too!
- Hamilton Lake Domain - Looking for a bit of daily exercise? There's a very nice walk of 3.8km around the lake, after which you might like to refresh in the lakeside cafe.
- Mount Pirongia nature walk - One of several walks on the mountain from this "easy" one to some advanced, 1-2 day hikes.
- Taitua Arboretum - A 20 hectare park and walk just outside of Hamilton on the way to....
- Raglan - A beautiful, quirky, "hip" town on the west coast. About 35 minutes from Hamilton, you could spend hours or days there. Some evenings we just go there for the fish-n-chips.
- Head south out of Raglan on the gravel road and you come to Te Toto Gorge; an mazing place to watch the sun set. Continue on and you come to Ruapuke Beach, an amazing, west-coast, black-sand beach. Please note there are NO facilities at Te Toto Gorge and a simple "long drop" (essentially a hole in the ground) toilet at Ruapuke Beach.
- Hobbiton™ - Like Lord of the Rings? This is the actual location used for Hobbiton and is about 30 mins outside Hamilton. In fact, there are Lord of the Rings movie locations all over New Zeaalnd.
- To the east of Hamilton is the Kaimai Range leading to the Coromandel Peninsula. The Coromandel is worth a trip all on its own (but is a minimum of one day, preferably more), but at its lower end is the Karangahake Gorge. There are a number of walks in the area and it is well worth a visit.
- Also south of the Coromandel on the flank of the Kaimai Range are the Wairere Falls. The lower portion is an easy walk, but the upper portion is only suitable for the physically fit.
- Have you ever seen a gold mine? There's one in Waihi you can walk right up to and see the pit they extract the gold ore from, and it's right on the edge of town ... literally.
- North-east from Hamilton lies the Coromandel Peninsula. This really is one of the most beautiful areas in the central North Island. It is possible to drive from Hamilton and up one side of the Coromandel Peninsula and down the other in one day, but we would recommend spending at least 2 days so you get time to see more. Specific sites worth visiting on the Coromandel Peninsula: Hot Water Beach south of Whitianga; the Driving Creek Railway just outside of Coromandel township (the town itself is also interesting); Hahei and Cathedral Cove (if you saw the movie The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe you will have seen Cathedral Cove); and much more.
- About 1.5hr south of Hamilton is Rotorua, including Te Puia, the Maori cultural centre, lakes hiking, forests and more.
- Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, flanked east and west by two different oceans.
- Northland. At first glance, you might not appreciate that Hamilton is almost exactly halfway between the northern-most and southern-most tips of the North Island. Northland (the bit north of Auckland) is a LONG way, but Cape Reinga is well worth a visit to see the Tasman Sea and Pacific Oceans merge, and it also marks the point from which Maori wairua (spirit) return to their traditional homeland. Russell is a lovely little town just off of Paihia. Due to its size, a trip to Northland is best suited to a week or more.
- Wellington, New Zealand's capital and a cultural centre.
- The central North Island, volcanoes, lakes and a desert.
And that's just the North Island; there's also the whole of the South Island to explore, notably:
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