• Brilliant! Red Cottage at Staveley under a starry sky

Mountain High in Staveley

February 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Up until the mid-1930s, travelling around New Zealand was still an adventure. In fact, as late as 1950 when the Dicks and the Dickettes moved from Auckland to Dunedin, I can remember my father poring over his book of Shell Road Maps of New Zealand to try and plot a safe route for the huge [...]

  • Although this is not specifically a story about the Lindis Pass, it is central to part of the story. So let’s take a look at this spectacular drive through spectacular country

A Land Unseen by the White Man

October 5th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

A glorious early spring morning and I’ve got the nose of the Blue Streak (my Nissan Pathfinder) heading up the Waitaki Valley and into the Lindis Pass. This is one of my favourite drives. The Waitaki Valley with its three interlocking lakes, burgeoning vineyards, dairy and sheep farms all hemmed in with snow-capped mountains, is [...]

  • On the road again after a tea break

Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream

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

If we were aeroplanes, we’d be heading towards the end of the runway, so we decided it was time to start taking off. Since buying a Ford Ranger, my husband has been very keen to do a 4WD safari, and NZ Adventures seemed to have just what he wanted – a tour on the West [...]

  • David was also the inspiration for lighting the bridges over the Avon

A Place to Remember

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Driving around the ever-changing one-way system of Christchurch’s inner city you pass empty building sites full of rubble, bounded by link fences, and littered with signs: Keep Out. Building Site. Wrong Way. Dead End. It’s confusing and – yes – it is confronting. Knowing this, I’d set out early for my afternoon interview with David [...]

EPIC

March 22nd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I was, I suppose, the token Sheila. A woman among men. Many men, as it happened. We assembled at Christchurch’s Sudima Hotel for the early morning briefing. When I say early morning, I mean somewhere between breakfast and morning tea. Along with the proffered indemnity sheet to sign and information about the defibrillator and other [...]

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Moody, cloudy day in the Lindis Pass

A Week of It

August 3rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

My refusal to use satnav is well known. My friends think I’m crazy, but I think they are the ones missing out. A traveller flies into Christchurch, picks up a campervan or rental car, dials ‘Queenstown’ into the satnav and sets off, ignoring road signs, the view, the towns and villages along the way – [...]