• View from the top of Knuckle Hill (506m), looking south

Whanganui Inlet – Remote, Untouched and Natural

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

As a destination, Golden Bay has some very well-known attractions like the Abel Tasman National Park, Pupu Springs and Wharariki Beach; Whanganui Inlet is less well known but is well worth a visit nevertheless. The drive from Takaka to Wharariki is pretty spectacular in itself, so perhaps people can be forgiven for not seeing, let [...]

  • Seclusion and isolation – southern end of Bain Bay

Lake Brunner – A Secluded Piece of Paradise

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

Lake Brunner has become a very popular summer destination for many Kiwis, many of whom own holiday homes on the shores of the lake. I recently discovered a secluded piece of paradise tucked away on the south-western side of the lake, away from the busy boat traffic, jet skis and water skiers. Requiring little more [...]

  • A picturesque ‘post card’ morning at Sunny Bight

Idyllic Lake Kaniere

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

Lake Kaniere has been described as one of the most beautiful lakes in New Zealand. Situated only a short 19km inland from Hokitika, the lake is surrounded on three sides by mountains that are capped in snow during winter, and provides a variety of activities including water sports, fishing, bird watching, tramping, waterfalls and beautiful [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Lake Rotoiti and the west side of St Arnaud range

Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project

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

The Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project (RNRP) aims to achieve results similar to those achieved on many protected offshore islands but within a ‘mainland island’. The main role of the project is to trial methods, techniques and practices in pest control and management, and learn how to carry out ecological restoration through rigorous trials and experiments [...]

  • One of several swimming holes surrounding the grassy river flat. (The clearing can be seen on the far side of the river, middle left)

Native Bush Picnics and Swimming in Mountain Streams

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

Mt Richmond Forest Park comprises 165,000 hectares of mostly native forest-covered mountain country located between Blenheim and Nelson. Within the park there are a multitude of Department of Conservation walking and tramping tracks ranging from very short 15-minute nature walks to more adventurous 10-hour-plus tramps up to high peaks such as Mt Fishtail (1641 metres) [...]

  • Wild juvenile black stilt resting in the sun, Tasman valley

Black Stilt (Kaki) Breeding Programme – Twizel

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

Back in the early 1980s the kakī population totalled just 23 birds. In 1981 the Department of Conservation initiated a captive-breeding programme in the MacKenzie country town of Twizel which has seen the wild population of adult birds soar to 106 in 2017. This fantastic result includes an increase from four productive kakī pairs in [...]