• The collection of fishing huts at Lake Onslow

Lunch at Jimmy’s

December 1st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

R oxburgh is at the head of Teviot Valley on SH8 between Milton and Alexandra, at a point where the mighty Clutha River emerges from a gorge on its way from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific. The valley below is so broad that it’s difficult to imagine it really is a valley. There are three [...]

Petone to Summit

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The Hutt Valley borders the north side of Wellington Harbour, just minutes away from the central city. It feels like the capital city’s big backyard – full of open spaces to explore. Stop for a cool drink at one of Petone’s many new eateries on the harbour foreshore, and you’re greeted with stories that will [...]

  • Waiwhapuku Bay, at Moturua Island

Cruising Captain Cook’s Bay of Islands

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

The Bay of Islands is a slightly unimaginative name for a bay of islands on the east coast, 250km north of Auckland, a bay made famous by Captain Cook who, earlier in 1769, stepped foot on Aotearoa promptly claiming it for the Crown. The whole area is outstandingly beautiful and gets incredibly busy during the [...]

  • ‘Big Rock’ stands like a sentinel at the northern end of Brighton beach and provided inspiration for the poet James K Baxter who was a son of Brighton. At first Big Rock was ‘conquered’ by a road up and over, but an opening was blasted through to provide a proper road — it was called ‘Prospect Gap’

Brighton Daze

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

It was sometime in mid-1954 when our parents announced to the assembled Dickettes – brother Colin, sister Janice and myself, ‘we’re shifting to Brighton, we’ve bought that shop out there’. At that time there were five shops at Brighton, but I knew exactly what shop they were talking about. Since moving to Dunedin from Auckland [...]

  • Justine takes a break beside the sparkling Kawarau River

Christchurch South and Return – The ‘H’ Word

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The ‘H’ word used to strike terror in my heart. They were horrific things to be avoided at all costs. Now I find them exhilarating … as long as they are not too narrow, boulder-strewn, or on the edge of a precipice. Hills are of no consequence to an e-biker, a mere blip on the [...]

  • 4th green at Oreti Sands

Southland Golf

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

There are reports of the first club being formed as early as 1900 and, today, the province has 25 courses from Te Anau in the north to Ringa Ringa Heights on Stewart Island. However, the best-known and most-used layouts are located in and around the main provincial centre, Invercargill. In fact for a city of [...]

  • Whale’s Tale Photo Whale Watch Kaikoura

Kaikoura – Whales and Walks

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This issue we’re providing updates on walking/hiking trails around Kaikoura district. Most of the regular hiking trails are open and the town is ready to welcome visitors. The marine life has not been affected at all. Local tourism operators have said the whale, dolphin, seal and albatross viewings have been as good as, if not [...]

  • John Leslie, middle row far right and James Leslie, middle row far left – photo Whangaroa County Museum and Archives

Passchendaele – A Long Way to Go to Die

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

“My poor boys, my poor boys!” Young Tom McGee stopped short in the doorway, bewildered and afraid at the sound of his big, strong grandfather’s plaintive crying and the sight of tears coursing through the weather-beaten fingers supporting his bowed head. Coming, as it did, in an era where males learned early in life not [...]

  • To take in the view from Èze’s highest peak you have to be brave; being an expert in the study of cacti will help you enjoy it too

A Holiday Sans Rugby in France

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , |

There are certain things you might not know about me. The first is that I am the age I am but I try not to worry about it. The second is that I have never worked at any other job than reporting, writing or talking about sports and games. You can assume that Confucius’ quote, [...]

  • Rotorua’s most famous building – no longer in use

The Art and Soul of Rotorua

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

I’m constantly amazed at the amount of history that’s virtually lying around on the side of our roads. En route to Rotorua from Tauranga, we stopped at Mangorewa Kaharoa Gorge. We’d seen the impressive pouwhenua at the gorge on previous trips and wanted to find out about them as well as to get a look [...]