When I arrive on Great Barrier Island, off the North Island’s east coast in the Hauraki Gulf, I’m even more confused, and finally decide that the perfect New Zealand adventure will have to either be a month-long affair, or consist of multiple trips. Trevor Rendle, who with his wife, Carol, owns and operates Earthsong Lodge, meets me at the airport. Trevor possesses a contagious laugh and a razor sharp wit. On our way to Earthsong he points out a memorial that a local resident built to honor herself while she was still living. “Yeah, I guess you have to get the timing correct on that one. Not too early, not too optimistic.” Indeed. The dinner prepared by Trevor is the perfect ending to a long day.