Pirongia, New Zealand: Hospitality and Recipe by da-AL

Vicky Apps (with her kitty) is a wonderful hostess!

We had less than a week to sample beautiful New Zealand. We’d landed in Auckland, spent a night in Rotorua, hiked a few hours in the Redwoods, strolled along Huka Falls, peered into Craters of the Moon and visited the Waitomo Glowworms Caves, and then river rafted in Taupo — then later Hamilton Gardens. (Eventually, in Australia’s Gold Coast, we visited family and birds of Australia Part 1 of 2 plus Part 2 of 2, then we marveled at the Spectacular Views in and Around Gold Coast, enjoyed a delicious meal on the beach, saw some wild things and cute things at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, had fun with Rita Rigby, and met the beasts of Brisbane and the beauty there.

Pirongia was a lovely village (by the way, it was interesting to find that as far as I know, here in the U.S. we only use the term ‘city’, not ‘village’) to spend our final night before returning to Auckland. Short as our visit to Pirongia was, our hostess, Vicky Apps, made it memorable. If you’re ever in the area and need a cozy room at a reasonable price, I highly recommend emailing her at apps@xtra.co.nz

Vicky and her charming kitty, made us feel like family at her gorgeous, spacious home. We so enjoyed sitting in her flower-filled backyard and chatting with her. Moreover, she even washed (and folded!) my clothes at no charge. For breakfast, she shared delicious homemade jams and preserves, including one that was made from a guava type fruit found only in New Zealand. (By the way, New Zealand has its own variation of sweet potato too, which I regret not getting a chance to sample.)

Photo by Daria Nepriakhina on Unsplash.

When I much enjoyed some of Vicky’s Anzac biscuits, an immensely satisfying sort of oatmeal cookie that was devised for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I, she generously hand-wrote the recipe for me!…

Vicky’s recipe for Anzac biscuits, page 1.
Vicky’s recipe for Anzac biscuits, page 2.

Do you have a biscuit or cookie that’s special to where you live?

23 thoughts on “Pirongia, New Zealand: Hospitality and Recipe by da-AL

  1. Nyc has a cookie called a black and white. Traditionally they’re about three inches wide, and it’s sort of a soft sugar cookie. The top is confectioners super icing, half chocolate and half vanilla. They’re yummy but I’ve never made them

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  2. You sure packed in a lot of activities in only a week in NZ. The recipe looks delish but what could go wrong with coconut, oats, and sugar. BTW – what is golden syrup? Anyway, please thank Vicky for sharing so generously.

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful stay at Pirongia, and it’s so sweet that Vicky shared the Anzac biscuit recipe with you, and now you’ve shared it with us… and so the tradition and love continues 🙂
    xx

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  4. I think she is a very warm host and the way she handwritten the receipe is lovely.It makes me want to visit New Zealand.Everyday when I go through your stories,I feel happy and it makes me want to work hard for my dreams so that I could experience many things in life through travel.
    How have you been lately?

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