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 [...]