• ‘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 [...]

  • The views towards the Arthur Range are outstanding and breathtaking. 
Photo - Chocolate Dog Studio

A Great Ride – A Tempting Treat

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

In the past few years most of my bike trips to Nelson were to map (or survive) the advanced mountain bike trails high in the hills behind town. So when I heard a new section of the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail just opened I stripped off my armour shell and popped on a bike bell [...]

  • One of several swimming holes surrounding the grassy river flat. (The clearing can be seen on the far side of the river, middle left)

Native Bush Picnics and Swimming in Mountain Streams

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

Mt Richmond Forest Park comprises 165,000 hectares of mostly native forest-covered mountain country located between Blenheim and Nelson. Within the park there are a multitude of Department of Conservation walking and tramping tracks ranging from very short 15-minute nature walks to more adventurous 10-hour-plus tramps up to high peaks such as Mt Fishtail (1641 metres) [...]

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 [...]

  • Cycling through golden fields - near Jollie carpark, Aoraki/Mt Cook in the background

Alps 2 Ocean one of New Zealand’s Great Rides

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

The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km formed cycling trail that takes you from the foot of Aoraki/Mt Cook to the Pacific Ocean at Oamaru, and is New Zealand’s longest continuous cycle trail. It features a mix of surfaces from formed smooth shingle and dirt tracks, to gravel roads. There are also small [...]

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 [...]

Shake, Rattle and Roll

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 [...]