Art Deco Daze

By |February 1st, 2017|Tags: , , |

I've had a long love affair with Napier’s Art Deco scene. Whenever I stroll along Tennyson Street, I find myself constantly gazing upwards with my wandering eye drawn to weird geometrical designs that leap out from ice-cream coloured building facades of a bygone era. In February each year, I dress up in my sauciest [...]

Allan Dick’s Dunedin – Part 2

By |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 [...]

Waiuta – Preserving the Past

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

In its time, Waiuta was regarded by its residents as a good place to live and, although long deserted, it affords a variety of interesting sights and activities for visitors. Numerous goldmine heritage sites and buildings remain backed by mountain scenery, providing plenty of scope for visitors with an interest in history and photography, [...]

North Southland

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

From Kingston at the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu, to Lumsden in the south, lie thousands of hectares of peaceful farmland with few urban settlements. Lumsden is northern Southland’s biggest town, population around 480, and home to the region’s only secondary school. To assume, however, that not much goes on here would be very [...]

Rebirth and revival in Otago

By |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 [...]

Shake, Rattle and Roll

By |December 18th, 2016|Tags: , |

It has been a bit of a rock’n’rolling time over the last few weeks, following the large 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the world for residents in North Canterbury through Kaikoura, all the way through to Seddon and shimmying across the ditch to Wellington. The rest of the country got a shake up as [...]