• ‘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 [...]

  • Moody, cloudy day in the Lindis Pass

A Week of It

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

My refusal to use satnav is well known. My friends think I’m crazy, but I think they are the ones missing out. A traveller flies into Christchurch, picks up a campervan or rental car, dials ‘Queenstown’ into the satnav and sets off, ignoring road signs, the view, the towns and villages along the way – [...]

  • Another trail successfully completed - Whats Next?

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 [...]

Allan Dick’s Dunedin – Part 2

January 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Apart from meeting Mayor Dave Cull, staying at The Chapel and discovering Mazagran and its excellent coffee and customers, what else did I do in Dunedin? Because I had written about the Peninsula six months earlier, I largely kept away this time, although I did go down the other side of the harbour to [...]

Rebirth and Revival in Otago

December 21st, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Before I get started, let me make a disclosure about Dunedin. I love the place. Dunedin is the best city in New Zealand. It has natural beauty and wildlife in abundance, it has a sensational location, it has an overwhelming sense of occasion and history, the finest historic architecture in New Zealand and a [...]