FOLLOW the Platypus Man to New Zealand … and beyond!

Almost three years after his epic journey to Tasmania the Platypus Man will set off in October on his greatest adventure, and quite possibly his last great adventure, a trip of around 51 days to New Zealand.

There’s loads to see and do in New Zealand:  We will marvel at its volcanic landscapes and geothermal wonders, and be inspired by its magnificent mountain and coastal scenery.  We will explore the charms of small-town New Zealand, and learn about Maori culture. We will enjoy brilliant views of whales, dolphins and exotic birds.  We will see lots of sheep and drink lots of wine. We will fly business class for the only time in our lives.  

But we definitely won’t go bungee jumping!

My New Zealand blog is already live on the Internet.  You can sign up to receive every post, illustrated by Mrs P’s wonderful photos, sent direct to your email account as soon as it’s published online.  Click here to visit the blog, then click on the link that invites you to Follow Blog via Email.


And that’s not all.  I have another blog for you to savour!  Now I’m 64 is a random collection of pieces about the natural world, as well as stuff that has caught my attention, events and experiences that have fired me up or made me chuckle, places that have inspired me and people I’ve been pleased to know. 

I’ve scheduled weekly posts during our visit to New Zealand covering topics as varied as memories of my time at Cambridge University, unwelcome milestones on the road to decrepitude, birding versus twitching, the British Birdwatching Fair, the joy of NHS health checks, blogging, knocking down walls, and building museums for the future.

Oh, I nearly forgot, there will also be posts on “The curse of Glastonbury” and “Keeping the zombies in.”

Go on, admit it, you’re intrigued aren’t you?  Especially by the zombies! So visit Now I’m 64 right now, click on the lined symbol on the top right of the banner photograph and sign up to Follow Blog via Email.

If you don’t I’ll send the zombies round to get you!

Author: Platypus Man

"Platypus" is a red herring: I'm English, although my blogging career began in my record of a 2016 road trip to Tasmania. Other blogs followed covering road trips in Newfoundland (2017), the Yellowstone area of the USA (2018) and New Zealand (2019). My current project is "Now I'm 64" , a weekly blog covering UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of aging. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it's even quite well written!

5 thoughts on “FOLLOW the Platypus Man to New Zealand … and beyond!”

    1. Hi Takami
      Thank you for your interest in my blog. I’m no longer posting on Platypus Pandemonium, but have two other active blogs at present. is a day by day blog of my current trip to New Zealand, and is a weekly blog of reflections and musing on life, the universe and everything. I don’t know if either of these will interest you, but you may want to have a look.

      We had two brilliant trips to Japan, in 1985 and 1999, but sadly long before my blogging career began!

      Best wishes from a rain-soaked New Zealand, from

      The Platypus Man

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      1. Hello again Platypus Man,
        Thank you for you reply and for kindly re-directing me to your new sites. I have subscribed to both. I am glad you had two good trips to my country, and hope you will have another opportunity to visit. As I am sure you are aware, there is much more to Japan than Tokyo, and we have beautiful nature here too 🙂

        I can see you enjoy birdwatching. I love birds too, and also reflecting on life and this ever-changing world. Therefore, I believe I will enjoy your blogs immensely.

        Thanks again and best wishes to you and your family,
        Takami 🙂

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      2. Hi Takami
        Thank you for signing up to follow my other blogs. My wife and I are very keen on birdwatching, so birds feature a lot in my blogs.

        You are right, there is much more to Japan than Tokyo. We travelled quite widely in Honshu, and saw something of Kyushu too. In our dreams we would go to Hokkaido, to see the cranes.

        I promise I will check out your blog when I get back to the UK … here in New Zealand I’m struggling a bit for connectivity and bandwidth!

        Best wishes to you, from the Platypus Man

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      3. Hello Platypus Man,
        I am very happy you and your wife have a positive view of my country, and sincerely hope both of you can view the cranes in Hokkaido in the near future. My husband has been to the UK a few times for business trips, and he says it is a beautiful country.

        I hope you enjoy the remainder of your time in New Zealand, and would be very honoured if you and your wife view my blog whenever you have a moment or two. Thank you again!


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