• The blissful escape of countryside riding (credit – Tim Bardsley-Smith)

A Great Ride – A Golden Find

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

If the Clutha Gold Trail was a goldfield, it would be a claim as rich as that of Gabriel’s Gully. However, the trail is almost undiscovered compared to the rushes of other cycle routes. As the gold dredges once ploughed the river, I am about to fossick the rich heritage along the banks of the [...]

  • A group of kayakers look out from Mosquito Bay, preparing for the day

Abel Tasman – From Kayaking to Tonga Island to Wading in Cleopatra’s Pools, Highlights from our Visit.

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

Why do you travel? One, to see breathtaking views that you don’t get at home during your day to day. Two, the people and those ‘passing-by’ experiences that stick with you forever. That’s how we find ourselves in New Zealand. And we are exhausted, happy, salty and sunburnt after a three-day kayak trip in the [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • David was also the inspiration for lighting the bridges over the Avon

A Place to Remember

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

Driving around the ever-changing one-way system of Christchurch’s inner city you pass empty building sites full of rubble, bounded by link fences, and littered with signs: Keep Out. Building Site. Wrong Way. Dead End. It’s confusing and – yes – it is confronting. Knowing this, I’d set out early for my afternoon interview with David [...]

  • Makarora River and northern reaches of Lake Wanaka

The Siberia Valley

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

You don’t have to fly through Moscow or Vladivostok to get there. There are definitely no salt mines. But it is Siberia and it’s part of our own wilderness. The Siberia Valley is in Mt Aspiring National Park, part of Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site at the southern end of the Southern Alps. It [...]

EPIC

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

I was, I suppose, the token Sheila. A woman among men. Many men, as it happened. We assembled at Christchurch’s Sudima Hotel for the early morning briefing. When I say early morning, I mean somewhere between breakfast and morning tea. Along with the proffered indemnity sheet to sign and information about the defibrillator and other [...]

  • Cape Foulwind – named by Captain Cook – is where the Tasman Sea first hits New Zealand. Photo by Peter Coburn

Eels and Banana Plants

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

Unless you’ve been there, you probably think of Westport as being wet and cold, and the victim of 10 rounds with that heavyweight champion of misery, Economic Downturn. Not a lot of good things have happened to Westport in the past quarter of a century: a forced stop to native logging hit the place hard [...]

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

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

As the trail enters the sixth season of business, it’s timely to take a moment and consider two of the issues that come up when you are planning to ride this trail. How long do you have available to ride the trail? The Alps2Ocean trail has eight sections – with a ninth section offered as [...]

  • 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 [...]

Memories of Southland

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

In August I took a solo roadie, a one-day odyssey from a brief holiday in Wanaka, down to Invercargill. Ostensibly it was to be reacquainted with the golf courses there – and the results of that part of the day’s outing are elsewhere in this issue – but while in the vicinity, I was drawn [...]

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