• Biking the Bay

    Biking the Bay

    Thoughts of Paihia and the Bay of Islands evoke images of golden sands, swimming in and sailing on pristine blue waters, and hey, perhaps a place to party under summer night skies. And you [...]

  • Art Deco Daze

    Art Deco Daze

    I've had a long love affair with Napier’s Art Deco scene. Whenever I stroll along Tennyson Street, I find myself constantly gazing upwards with my wandering eye drawn to weird geometrical designs that leap [...]

  • Our Summer Surf Heroes – Lifeguards

    Our Summer Surf Heroes – Lifeguards

    They would rather be on the beach than on their cell phones, they’re volunteers but they must pay to belong to a club, and most balance family, work, school or study in between practising [...]

  • How Great Thou Art

    How Great Thou Art

    Our first visit to Puketi Forest, west of Kerikeri and south of Kaeo, was marred by steady rain that arrived just as we did. A group of about 30 sodden mountain bikers arriving at [...]

  • Allan Dick’s Dunedin – Part 2

    Allan Dick’s Dunedin – Part 2

    Apart from meeting Mayor Dave Cull, staying at The Chapel and discovering Mazagran and its excellent coffee and customers, what else did I do in Dunedin? Because I had written about the Peninsula six [...]

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Biking the Bay

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Thoughts of Paihia and the Bay of Islands evoke images of golden sands, swimming in and sailing on pristine blue waters, and hey, [...]

Art Deco Daze

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

I've had a long love affair with Napier’s Art Deco scene. Whenever I stroll along Tennyson Street, I find myself constantly gazing upwards [...]

Our Summer Surf Heroes – Lifeguards

February 1st, 2017|0 Comments

They would rather be on the beach than on their cell phones, they’re volunteers but they must pay to belong to a club, [...]

How Great Thou Art

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Our first visit to Puketi Forest, west of Kerikeri and south of Kaeo, was marred by steady rain that arrived just as we [...]

Allan Dick’s Dunedin – Part 2

January 31st, 2017|0 Comments

Apart from meeting Mayor Dave Cull, staying at The Chapel and discovering Mazagran and its excellent coffee and customers, what else did I [...]

Moutohora – Whale’s Song

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

We don’t have long to wait before seeing something special on Whale Island (Moutohora). Within a couple of minutes of disembarking from our [...]

Opotiki – Shalfoon’s Timeless Treasure Trove

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

A cloud of choking dust flies up as the 120-year-old wooden doors crash open, revealing a crumbling brick dynamite store. The dingy interior [...]

Waiuta – Preserving the Past

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

In its time, Waiuta was regarded by its residents as a good place to live and, although long deserted, it affords a variety [...]

North Southland

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

From Kingston at the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu, to Lumsden in the south, lie thousands of hectares of peaceful farmland with few [...]

Rebirth and revival in Otago

December 21st, 2016|0 Comments

Before I get started, let me make a disclosure about Dunedin. I love the place. Dunedin is the best city in New Zealand. [...]

Shake, Rattle and Roll

December 18th, 2016|0 Comments

It has been a bit of a rock’n’rolling time over the last few weeks, following the large 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the [...]