• Manutuke Eco Retreat is enclosed within a horseshoe of lush, green hills on the shores of a little lake and wetland

A Wetland Reborn

April 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Richie Clark and his dad Dave stood at the top of the hill surveying the 80-hectare block of land they had just purchased. It was mid-winter and heavy rain had turned a low-lying paddock surrounded by a horseshoe of hills into a bit of a bog. Dave casually commented to Richie, “You know, a few [...]

  • Sunset from Titirangi-Kaiti Hill. Picture by Damon Meade

First to See the Light

November 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

New arrivals to Gisborne are awestruck by the little beachfront city on the east coast of the North Island, encircled by a half moon of green hills. Travellers are also discovering the place. They are amazed and delighted to have discovered a place of such prosperity, peace and space, where there is a joie de [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Toromiro Station on the Kanakanaia Road

Toromiro Gisborne – Shear Hard Work

October 7th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Kevin Williams wasn’t very happy with his wife Donna when she entered the Westpac Business Excellence 
Awards. “He doesn’t like the limelight,” says Donna, his partner in the K Williams Shearing partnership, which ended up winning the Māori Business Excellence Award, much to Kevin’s horror. “Kevin would rather put on his gumboots and go to [...]

The Big Picture

June 4th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

When we go away on holiday, we stress out about our cat George and who is going to feed him. It seems like such a huge responsibility owning an animal, a small furry life entirely dependent on a couple of humans. But an experience I had recently put our concerns about George into perspective. At [...]

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 [...]