• Sections of boardwalk surrounded with flax and ti kouka provide access through the wetlands north of Lake Mahinapua

West coast Wilderness Trail

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Riders on last summer’s Tour of Aotearoa labelled the West Coast Wilderness Trail as the best trail they rode in their 3000km plus odyssey from North Cape to Bluff. Given the tour weaved through much of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand cycle trail network, that’s a big call. Trip Advisor says: “There’s a reason this [...]

A Walk on the Wild Side

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The ground was dark as I stumbled down towards the gravel shore to photograph the Cape Palliser lighthouse silhouetted against the striped morning sky. I was only half awake, still entombed in the warm feeling from my sleeping bag. Suddenly the ground started to rumble in front of me. I caught a waft of stale [...]

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Ohakea Airshow A Great Day Out

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When Māori gave the name Ōhakea to the place of the birds, they wouldn’t have had big silver birds in mind, but that was certainly the thinking of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) when its Ōhakea base, west of Palmerston North, first opened in September 1939 as one of two operational centres for [...]

Waters of New Zealand: Inside the Bottle

By |April 11th, 2017|

Some time ago, I was buying mineral water at a supermarket in Wellington. Next to me, a woman was choosing water to buy, and I asked her to what she paid the most attention when making a purchase. She said first of all, it was the price, and also its appearance. After this conversation, I [...]

Safety in the Mountains

By |April 11th, 2017|

We can confidently boast that the variety of things to do in New Zealand is much wider than virtually anywhere else in the world. No matter your interest – be it tramping, hunting, skiing, climbing, fishing, swimming, rafting, trail or mountain biking, bungy-jumping or whatever – there’s a myriad of opportunities and locations in which [...]

  • ‘Slip 1 revisited’ is a good illustration of how the rock has been cleared and the slip stabilised. The highway is being rebuilt at this point, closer to the beach

Kaikoura On the road to recovery

By |April 11th, 2017|

In our article on Kaikoura in the Feb-Mar issue of NZToday, we mentioned the breathtaking scenery, coastline and marine-life which make the area so unique, and which is part of the reason why it has developed into an enormously popular tourist destination in the last decade or so. In recent years, it has become internationally [...]

The Light of a Silver Moon

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One of the great things about travel is the unexpected discoveries along the way. An alluring photograph of tents overlooking the ocean near Leigh 90km north of Auckland caught my eye while searching for a place to camp on our drive to Northland. As we wind our way down the steep road to Goat Island [...]

  • The name Jolly has long links with Cromwell. Two gents relax in the sun in Old Cromwell Town

CROMWELL

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A casual visitor to Cromwell might think this is a relatively new town that was plonked down in the heartland of Central Otago sometime in the late seventies or early eighties. You’ll find street after street of modern bungalows housing mainly young or younger families, living in a climate that ranges from blazing hot summers [...]

  • Cycling through golden fields - near Jollie carpark, Aoraki/Mt Cook in the background

Alps 2 Ocean one of New Zealand’s Great Rides

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The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km formed cycling trail that takes you from the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook to the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru, and is New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail. It features a mix of surfaces from formed smooth shingle and dirt tracks, to gravel roads. There are also small [...]

In the Footsteps of a Legend

By |April 10th, 2017|

Auckland’s wild west coast is just a stone’s throw from the city, but once you emerge from the dark bush canopy of the Waitakere Ranges, you feel as though you’re on another plapan> For a family of East Coasters accustomed to the Pacific Ocean and the golden sands of Gisborne, the land and seascape [...]