• Te Hoho Rock framed by Cathedral Arch at Cathedral Cove. Photo by The Coromandel – thecoromandel.com

Confessions of a One-Eyed, Biased South Islander

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I’m the first to admit I’m a one-eyed, blinkered, biased South Islander whose magnetic centre is Central Otago, where I holidayed as a child, but a recent road trip around the Coromandel Peninsula forced me to concede that certain parts of the North Island actually do stack up against ‘my’ peaks, lakes and rivers. In [...]

  • Gillespies Beach carpark and camping area

Gillespies and Galway Beaches – 
Coastal Variety

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

Gillespies Beach was once a thriving, albeit short-lived, goldmining settlement. At its peak in May 1866, the township consisted of 1500 people (600 miners), 11 stores, two bakeries and two butchers. Because of the limited gold success the population dwindled to 200 people by October of the same year and just two years later only [...]

  • A beach to oneself at Rarawa

Northland Snowbirds

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

I open my eyes to a glow of orange as the sun’s first rays light up our tent. In the distance I hear waves breaking and the call of seagulls as they circle high above the campsite. I breathe a relaxed ‘ah’. The rocky outcrops at the end of the beach appear black against the [...]