• The view down across the Ahukawakawa wetlands to Mt Taranaki

Pouakai Treasures

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The foothills of Mt Taranaki are formed by the Pouakai and Kaitake ranges, remnants of a large volcano. They lie to the north of the symmetrically shaped volcano that is Mt Taranaki. Both ranges were the source of kai (food) for local Māori a factor reflected in their names. Pouakai means the pillar or source [...]

  • View of Cape Maria Van Diemen from Cape Reinga

North of the Border

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Captain Cook saw the mighty sand dunes and thought he was looking at a desert. About a century and a half later, in the 1920s a Minister of the Crown – demonstrating remarkably little foresight and even less tact – declared that the long, narrow Aupouri Peninsula at the very tip of the North Island [...]

  • Expansive views of Wellington Harbour from the cable car are truly memorable

Wellington on a Good Day

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There’s an indescribable pleasure in revisiting one’s old hometown and bringing to mind youthful memories triggered by familiar landmarks and scenes. Our capital city at the centre of Middle Earth still manages to surprise me. I love the fact that when the weather is ‘trying’ in the sense of rain, hail or gales, the locals [...]

  • Cape Foulwind – named by Captain Cook – is where the Tasman Sea first hits New Zealand. Photo by Peter Coburn

Eels and Banana Plants

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Unless you’ve been there, you probably think of Westport as being wet and cold, and the victim of 10 rounds with that heavyweight champion of misery, Economic Downturn. Not a lot of good things have happened to Westport in the past quarter of a century: a forced stop to native logging hit the place hard [...]

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

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

As the trail enters the sixth season of business, it’s timely to take a moment and consider two of the issues that come up when you are planning to ride this trail. How long do you have available to ride the trail? The Alps2Ocean trail has eight sections – with a ninth section offered as [...]

  • Featherston side of the Remutaka [Rimutaka] Hill, from the cutting at Cave’s Bridge. Two men are standing at the bend on a road which passes through fenced farmland on either side. Bragge’s photography cart is parked behind the men at the side of the road

Gateway to the Wairarapa

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

In 2017, figures from QV show the South Wairarapa district has had a 51 per cent increase in average house values since 2013, and Featherston has become a sought-after town for new home buyers and families relocating from Wellington and elsewhere. Demand has been outstripping the housing supply for well over a year now. While [...]

Memories of Southland

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

In August I took a solo roadie, a one-day odyssey from a brief holiday in Wanaka, down to Invercargill. Ostensibly it was to be reacquainted with the golf courses there – and the results of that part of the day’s outing are elsewhere in this issue – but while in the vicinity, I was drawn [...]

From Tragedy to Triumph

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

It’s 25 years since Jassy Dean’s life was tragically cut short when she died from meningococcal disease just as her teenage years debuted. Jassy was, by all accounts, a sunny, intelligent girl who made an impression on all who met her. Living as she did in a close-knit community for most of her young life, [...]

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Kia Ora from Kaikoura

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

Kaikoura residents are excited to report that Friday December 15, 2017 is the day that SH1 will be reopened for travel between Blenheim and Kaikoura and onward to Christchurch. Brilliant! The route has been closed since the earthquake of November 14, 2016. The actual measure of last year’s earthquake in the Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough regions was [...]

Carving Up Matakana’s Sculpture Trail

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

Little Barrier Island appears to loom over the landscape, even though its formidable dark silhouette is 22km across a shimmering sea. Like an ethereal Bali Hai island this unique predator-free sanctuary is clearly visible from every corner of the region. It’s an especially riveting view from the spacious lounge of Takatu Lodge & Vineyard, an [...]