Those into gardening will encounter plenty of bugs and they are actually very important in the scheme of things. Some people have a fear of spiders, called Arachnophobia; we don’t, but we hate cockroaches as do a lot of people; that is called Katsaridaphobia.

The Puke Ariki natural history museum in New Plymouth has a whole floor devoted to bugs of all sorts, and is worth a visit if traveling this summer.


the top floor has displays on NZ birds and marine creatures, including this life-size great white shark (yes, it reminds us of someone).