River Deep, Mountain High

October 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Robbie Crickett, who with his wife Connie runs NZ Adventures tours, tells it how it is. If he says the road is steep, then it’s steep. If he calls it rough, women soon find out why; in the pre-tour information provided, it was suggested that we bring along support underwear. But the fact that people [...]

Style Never Sleeps

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

September/October 2018 marks 30 years since local sculptor Suzie (now Dame Suzie) Moncrieff first came up with the concept of wearable art in a marquee at Wakefield, just south of Nelson. Torrential rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of that inaugural show’s audience, many of whom came along in gumboots. In fact, the punters [...]

  • Te Papa sits on the Wellington waterfront near the heart of the city

Cruising the Capital’s Cultural Classics

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Wellington is well suited for walking around its major cultural experiences. Several important museums and galleries are strung along the waterfront, adjacent to the downtown area, or are just a block or two back from there, while others are a kilometre or so further away. Start at Te Papa on the waterfront, not just because [...]

  • Keith Murdoch still a handsome man (pic taken in 2001)

Keith Murdoch – The All Black Man of Mystery to the End – and Beyond?

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

I suppose that in the brief time I had with Murdoch, I have to say the only thing I gathered was that the All Black prop forward – who only months later was to create a lifetime of discussion – was a man of few words. I was with fellow sports broadcaster Bill McCarthy, and [...]

  • The historic Puhoi Hotel

Bohemian Legacy

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

“If our food, drinks and service aren’t up to your standards, please lower your standards,” and “Free Idiot Test $50” declare two of the many signs in the Puhoi Pub. The walls and ceiling inside the two-storey wooden building, established in 1879, are crammed with collections of artefacts that include bras and bikini tops, caps, [...]

  • The way it used to look. At 2ZE Blenheim in 1974

Radio Shack Flashback

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It’s said that many things in life go in circles. That’s exactly how I felt in late June as I made my way into the Tauranga studio of Coast FM to broadcast a radio breakfast show for the first time in nearly forty years. Here’s a quick summary of how this came to be. Coast, [...]

West of the Mountain

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The cone-shaped Mt Taranaki sits in semicircle of land that radiates from the summit down to the ocean. The scoria near the summit rolls down into forest that follows the circular shape of the mountain forming the border of Egmont National Park. At the edge of the forest, rolling green fields flow down 18 kilometres [...]

  • Riding between the boulders of Skyline Ridge (credit Hage Photo)

A Great Ride – Busting the Old Ghost Road

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It was pretty obvious from the outset that I wouldn’t be riding this epic alone. One mention of this legendary trail and friends came flocking. Who wouldn’t want to ride what is arguably our country’s greatest back-country trail? It’s not a matter of ‘who you gonna call’ but who wouldn’t you call. So, after one [...]

  • Mackinnon Pass from the Clinton Canyon

Mountain Kings on the Milford Track

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Images of the Milford Track adorn posters and billboards the world over. Thousands of people from all corners of the world book months and years in advance to hike the famous four-day, three-night, 53.5km Great Walk. I approached the expedition with some trepidation having heard stories of the legendary storms that Fiordland is capable of [...]

  • The flag pole on the Treaty Ground at Waitangi marks the spot where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. The New Zealand flag is at the top, with the British flag and the Maori trading flag below.

Step Back into the Past and Marvel: a Journey into the Far North

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Touring around the north of Northland is a step back into our earliest history, both European and Māori. It is the story of how the races met and interacted, of colonial days, development, hardship, conflict and strife – all the factors that shape the north as we find it today. Our group travelled by road [...]