Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau and is an easy 15-minute walk from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre. What makes the sanctuary quite special is that during the daily feeding time (9.30am in summer and 10.30am during winter) you have the chance to step inside the [...]

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First Foray

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , |

February found us, like many others, on our way to the Wings Over Wairarapa show which, as it happened, was cancelled due to bad weather. About then, the Art Deco festival was taking place in Napier, so the small towns along State Highway 2 (SH2) were beneficiaries of the travelling public seeking coffee, food, fuel [...]

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Back to the Start

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Otago Central Rail Trail (OCRT) is the cycle trail model that the Government sought to build on as an ideal example of job and business creation. In 2009, PM and Minister of Tourism John Key, called a job summit in order to seek new areas of growth as New Zealand sank into the mire [...]

Home sweet home

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

It’s probably true to say today that Martinborough’s identity revolves around its vineyards and award-winning wines, but in the town’s 138-year history its economy has had many ups and downs – survival was a struggle right from its inception. The planting of vines in 1979 was also the planting of the village’s future, helping it [...]

  • Part of the idyllic picnic lawns behind the Mansion House

Walking in the Governor’s Garden of Eden

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , |

‘Surely I’m not hallucinating,’… as a small brown phantom image flies across the track ahead, leaving me shaking my head in wonder. It can’t be an illusion. Visibility is good in this strangely quiet mature pine forest as I’m walking under a bright midday sun. The light filters through the upper canopy and dapples the [...]

The Big Picture

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

When we go away on holiday, we stress out about our cat George and who is going to feed him. It seems like such a huge responsibility owning an animal, a small furry life entirely dependent on a couple of humans. But an experience I had recently put our concerns about George into perspective. At [...]

  • There are always great exhibitions on at the Eastern Southland Art Gallery in Gore

Desperately Seeking Robert Redford

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The main street of Tapanui must be the smartest in the country. Maybe the world. The remake of its 1977 hit, Pete’s Dragon, was mostly shot in and around Tapanui. For its starring role as the fictitious town of Millhaven, Tapanui was given a make-over so it looked more, well, ‘American’. After filming was finished, [...]

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

West Coast Wilderness Trail

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

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

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

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

April 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]