• Derelict fishing and shipping wharves can be seen early on in the trail

Kawatiri River Trail – Variety All In One

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Kawatiri River Trail was the brainchild of the Buller Cycling Club who mustered together up to 100 local volunteers to transform river and seaside swamps and gorse-ridden land into 8km of stunning (and easy) cycling and walking trails beside the lower Buller River. Taking six years to complete, the last of the board walks [...]

The Mount!

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the early 1980s it was, according to long-time businessman and resident Charlie Robertson, just “a little seaside village” that, for people on the other side of the harbour in Tauranga, took nearly half an hour to drive to. He should know. He came north from Taihape in 1978 after being given a chance to [...]

  • Large rock stacks dot the beach at Tongaporutu

Monoliths in the Sand

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

Friends of mine have a classic Kiwi fibrolite bach from the fifties overlooking the Awakino River mouth. This bach is a suntrap and the perfect spot to stay while I’m on a shooting recce of the Three Sisters, Mokau and Awakino. When I say shooting I do mean with a camera as opposed to a [...]

In the Footsteps of a Legend

April 10th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Auckland’s wild west coast is just a stone’s throw from the city, but once you emerge from the dark bush canopy of the Waitakere Ranges, you feel as though you’re on another plapan> For a family of East Coasters accustomed to the Pacific Ocean and the golden sands of Gisborne, the land and seascape [...]

Our Summer Surf Heroes – Lifeguards

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

They would rather be on the beach than on their cell phones, they’re volunteers but they must pay to belong to a club, and most balance family, work, school or study in between practising their first aid skills, keeping fit, undertaking comprehensive training and doing beach duty. Lifeguards! They certainly are our summer surf [...]