Kaikoura Rebuild Earns Awards

November 30th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Recently, New Zealanders marked the second anniversary of the Kaikōura earthquake that hit at two minutes past midnight on November 14, 2016. The 7.8 magnitude quake ripped through the earth from Culverden, 70km south of Kaikōura, to Seddon, 90km north of Kaikōura, and out to sea. GeoNet described the 160km rupture as the earth ‘unzipping’ [...]

  • Flying in affords a clear view of the collapsed volcano crater that has become the landing site for both boats and helicopters; as well as the site of historical sulphur mine buildings and equipment

Te Puia o Whakaari – Whakatāne White Island

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

We had planned to take a helicopter trip to the active volcano in November last year, but life and work intervened so it never happened. However, with the opportunity of two spare days in which to get from Auckland to Martinborough in our motorhome RocknRobyn following the Covi Motorhome Caravan and Outdoor SuperShow, we took [...]

  • Featherston side of the Remutaka [Rimutaka] Hill, from the cutting at Cave’s Bridge. Two men are standing at the bend on a road which passes through fenced farmland on either side. Bragge’s photography cart is parked behind the men at the side of the road

Gateway to the Wairarapa

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

In 2017, figures from QV show the South Wairarapa district has had a 51 per cent increase in average house values since 2013, and Featherston has become a sought-after town for new home buyers and families relocating from Wellington and elsewhere. Demand has been outstripping the housing supply for well over a year now. While [...]

  • Greytown Town Centre – this is the third building over the years used as the town centre. This one was extensively refurbished in the mid-2000s and is well utilised by the community today

Gracious Greytown

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

The Wairarapa is a unique region in many ways. Not having a single set of traffic lights is one of those idiosyncrasies the casual tourist may not notice, but is a small point of difference we are proud of in the region. The wine industry in Martinborough and in other geographical areas around Masterton and [...]

Home sweet home

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

It’s probably true to say today that Martinborough’s identity revolves around its vineyards and award-winning wines, but in the town’s 138-year history its economy has had many ups and downs – survival was a struggle right from its inception. The planting of vines in 1979 was also the planting of the village’s future, helping it [...]

Shake, Rattle and Roll

December 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

It has been a bit of a rock’n’rolling time over the last few weeks, following the large 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the world for residents in North Canterbury through Kaikoura, all the way through to Seddon and shimmying across the ditch to Wellington. The rest of the country got a shake up as [...]