• Photo by Cicell Jenks: Built from locally-quarried stone, the Tokata Lighthouse at Nugget Point stands an impressive 9.5 metres high and is 76 metres above the sea

Do it while you still can – Catlins Part 2

December 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

I’m a great fan of information boards (I read every word, much to the extreme frustration of my travelling companions), and at Kākā Point on the south-east coast of the South Island, the boards told us we were standing where the Clutha River used to flow to sea until a massive flood in 1878 moved [...]

  • The Junction at Cromwell in springtime. Credit James Jubb, Tourism Central Otago

Silencing the voices in my head – Catlins Part 1

December 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Eyebrows were raised to the ex-hairline and there was much tut-tutting among our friends as they inspected the double bed neatly made up in the back of the JUCY Cabana station wagon and the little kitchen tucked into the rear of the vehicle. “You’re a bit old for this sort of thing,” they guffawed, shaking [...]

Secret Places

February 28th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

live by the maxim that the journey should at least equal the destination. In the 55-odd years I’ve been ploughing about the country – often without aim, plan or a map – I reckon I’ve visited every town that has over half a dozen houses and still has a shop. I love to drive along [...]