• Following the waterways was a magical time

A Great Ride – Wheeling Through The Wilderness

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

My wilderness trail experience started at the northern trailhead, with a brisk introduction to the local ‘barber’. He’s a particularly fearsome character and Greymouth residents tell me he cuts right to the bone! However, this is no barber with a pair of scissors in hand but is in fact a local wind; a unique phenomenon [...]

  • 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 [...]

River Deep, Mountain High

October 3rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Robbie Crickett, who with his wife Connie runs NZ Adventures tours, tells it how it is. If he says the road is steep, then it’s steep. If he calls it rough, women soon find out why; in the pre-tour information provided, it was suggested that we bring along support underwear. But the fact that people [...]

Style Never Sleeps

July 29th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

September/October 2018 marks 30 years since local sculptor Suzie (now Dame Suzie) Moncrieff first came up with the concept of wearable art in a marquee at Wakefield, just south of Nelson. Torrential rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of that inaugural show’s audience, many of whom came along in gumboots. In fact, the punters [...]

  • Riding between the boulders of Skyline Ridge (credit Hage Photo)

A Great Ride – Busting the Old Ghost Road

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

It was pretty obvious from the outset that I wouldn’t be riding this epic alone. One mention of this legendary trail and friends came flocking. Who wouldn’t want to ride what is arguably our country’s greatest back-country trail? It’s not a matter of ‘who you gonna call’ but who wouldn’t you call. So, after one [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • On the road again after a tea break

Climb Every Mountain, Ford Every Stream

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

If we were aeroplanes, we’d be heading towards the end of the runway, so we decided it was time to start taking off. Since buying a Ford Ranger, my husband has been very keen to do a 4WD safari, and NZ Adventures seemed to have just what he wanted – a tour on the West [...]

  • If you have schist stone about in abundance use it — for everything! Buildings, walls and fence posts!

Shiner’s Country

July 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Ned Slattery, ‘The Shiner’, was a swagman who marched the roads lesser travelled in Otago and Southland in the closing years of the 19th century. Allan Dick follows in his footsteps along one of those roads less travelled. If you look at a map of the South Island and contemplate it, you become aware that [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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