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New Zealand: from island to ice cream

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From a year ago today comes this view of Kāpiti Island. In case you’re wondering about the the post’s title, Kāpiti Island has given its name to a popular brand of dairy products.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 18, 2018 at 4:53 AM

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  1. It looks like where Gilligan lives.


    February 18, 2018 at 1:02 PM

  2. I could be happy in that store. Unfortunately, the only Texas their locator was able to identify was Texas Street in Martinborough, NZ. The ice cream looks lovely, but I’d be interested in a taste test that pitted their blue cheese against the Maytag blue I grew up with and still order from time to time.

    Of course, after you mentioned ice cream, I couldn’t help seeing the island as a six-scoop banana split. Clearly, it’s tastier than that. The photos of the nature reserve are gorgeous. Were you able to visit it?


    February 18, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    • I can’t compare, but I do like Kapiti icecream.


      February 19, 2018 at 6:51 AM

    • On our first trip we visited the island reserve at Tiritiri Matangi. This time, on the day I took the photograph in today’s post, we had reservations for a specific sailing of a ferry to the South Island. There was no way we could visit Kāpiti Island, which would probably have taken up most of a day in its own right.

      Like you, I failed to turn up any outlet for Kāpiti products in the United States. Maybe you should write to the company and encourage them to export to the United States. Whole Foods and Central Market carry lots of cheeses from other countries.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2018 at 7:34 AM

  3. Nice…on both counts! I spent my 40th overnighting on Kapiti (you can stay with a Maori family who still own some land on the north end of the island). Wonderful place to be…very curious Kaka, Penguins making a fair bit of noise near our glamping hut in the dead of night and searching for Kiwi (which we heard but didn’t see due to the full moon). Great place to spend time and get away from things. Hopefully you can get over there next time. 🙂



    February 19, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    • Thanks for the link to your experience there. If we ever take a third trip to NZ, that would be a fun thing to do.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2018 at 1:38 PM

      • By the way, while on the island, did you get served any dairy products in the Kāpiti line?

        Steve Schwartzman

        February 19, 2018 at 1:39 PM

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