• 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 [...]

  • Seaview Marina has around 300 berths

Wellington’s Secret

June 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

As we drive down the Ngauranga Gorge into Wellington I offer sage advice to the driver: “Watch your speed, see that camera up there.” An encounter, a few years back, with a white NZ Transport Agency envelope containing an instant fine, brought my attention to the 80-kilometre speed sign. At the bottom of the hill, [...]

  • St Mary’s College Chapel built in 1865

St Mary’s Bay

June 1st, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This now expensive inner city Auckland suburb was named in honour of the Mother of God by New Zealand’s original Roman Catholic leader, Jean Baptiste Francois Pompallier. The Catholic Bishop of Auckland still lives here. But strip away the neighbourhood’s deeply religious name and you find a suburb with a past often dominated by sly [...]

Allan Dick’s Dunedin – Part 2

January 31st, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Apart from meeting Mayor Dave Cull, staying at The Chapel and discovering Mazagran and its excellent coffee and customers, what else did I do in Dunedin? Because I had written about the Peninsula six months earlier, I largely kept away this time, although I did go down the other side of the harbour to [...]

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 [...]