• Up in the hills

Beneath the Big Sky

November 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

It takes less than four hours to drive from Geraldine to Alexandra on the conventional route. But having had two thoroughly enjoyable four-wheel-drive tours with Robbie and Connie Crickett of NZ Adventures Ltd last year, we booked early for the 2019 Big Sky trip, a mostly mountainous excursion through Otago, Canterbury and a little bit [...]

  • The historic gold-mining ghost town of Macetown, 15km from Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand. Autumn turns the poplar trees to gold. Picture by Mike Langford

Walking to Macetown

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

The walk up the Arrow River to the gold-mining ghost town of Macetown was a much-loved summer pilgrimage in my youth when we had a holiday cottage in Arrowtown. Macetown was first settled in the early 1860s as a result of the discovery of gold in the Arrow River. At first the rush was for [...]

  • What boy wouldn’t love his very own crane? Puts an entirely different slant on picking up hitchhikers… or kayaks for that matter. Dave Clark thinks about adding a weighing scale for large boar and marlin… “You’ll need to know how much they weigh Hughesey!”

Change Tack and Adapt

December 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Ionce sat beside a bush hut in the rain for seven days waiting on a helicopter to arrive. I’d already been there for four and a half months, through a long hard winter, trapping possums for a living, only to have my extraction delayed by huge mountain storms. My gear was all neatly packed; all [...]