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 [...]

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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 [...]

  • Lake Rotoiti and the west side of St Arnaud range

Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project

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

The Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project (RNRP) aims to achieve results similar to those achieved on many protected offshore islands but within a ‘mainland island’. The main role of the project is to trial methods, techniques and practices in pest control and management, and learn how to carry out ecological restoration through rigorous trials and experiments [...]

  • The collection of fishing huts at Lake Onslow

Lunch at Jimmy’s

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

R oxburgh is at the head of Teviot Valley on SH8 between Milton and Alexandra, at a point where the mighty Clutha River emerges from a gorge on its way from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific. The valley below is so broad that it’s difficult to imagine it really is a valley. There are three [...]

  • ‘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 [...]