• The road up the Waitaki Valley – a journey of two halves. Lake Aviemore and the dam just visible in this late afternoon shot. Derek Smith

A Village in the Valley

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

The Waitaki Valley that links Oamaru to Omarama and the junction of the super-busy inland route SH8, is one of the last great ‘unknown’ drives and destinations in New Zealand. It’s puffed and panted along by a growing number of cyclists on the A2O cycle trail, their eyes fixed firmly on the spot two metres [...]

  • The Three Creeks in Burkes Pass is a fascinating stop

Fairlie 
And More

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

Ever since my first visit to Fairlie 50 years ago, I’ve had a mental image of it being the last outpost of civilisation before the great expanse of the Mackenzie Country. It was where the spread of early European civilisation stopped quite abruptly and said, ‘Whoa, we’re not going there …’ Fairlie is set in a [...]

  • The collection of fishing huts at Lake Onslow

Lunch at Jimmy’s

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

R oxburgh is at the head of Teviot Valley on SH8 between Milton and Alexandra, at a point where the mighty Clutha River emerges from a gorge on its way from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific. The valley below is so broad that it’s difficult to imagine it really is a valley. There are three [...]