• All cities need an area of greenspace like Hagley Park (credit: ChristchurchNZ)

Christchurch Little River Rail Trail

December 18th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Christ Church at Cathedral Square is where I park my bike on my first visit to the city since the devastating earthquakes some years before. I peer through the barrier fence at the toppled place of worship … it is clear there is still a lot to achieve. Once the entrance was a meeting place for [...]

  • Spectacular Maruia Falls were created by the 1929 Murchison earthquake

Christchurch to Motueka, a Road Less Travelled… but it Wasn’t Always that Way

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

The Kaikōura earthquake struck at two minutes past midnight on November 14, 2016. The damage was immense but there was no loss of life, because this region – apart from Kaikōura itself – is very sparsely populated. However, New Zealand’s transport infrastructure was thrown into chaos with both the railway line and SH1 damaged to such [...]

  • Household items still intact from decades ago

Man & Museum

November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Collecting is a childhood hobby for some, but for others it’s a pursuit that develops later in life. Richard Spark, now 75 years old, started his collection in 1982 and since then has acquired an enormous variety of items detailing New Zealand’s social history from the turn of the 20th century. Kathy Catton spoke with [...]

  • The Arts Centre still takes centre stage towards the west of the CBD

Christchurch: A City Embracing Change

September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Ōtautahi Christchurch has had a bad run of luck these last 10 years – earthquakes, fires in the Port Hills and terror attacks. Christchurch has seen it all, and yet it has always risen to the challenge of rebuilding itself, physically and emotionally, from the inside out. As our Prime Minister so eloquently summarised, it’s [...]

  • The ‘Rust in Peace’ paddocks provide idyllic photo opportunities

Yaldhurst Museum Christchurch – A Vintage Snapshot of the Past.

June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

On arrival at the Yaldhurst Museum, first impressions might lead you to believe you’ve arrived at a 10-minute-coffee-stop museum – a ‘stretch of legs’ whilst en route somewhere else. On entering the reception area there’s a standard shop and café. But then, without presumption or grandiosity, the fascination begins as you enter through a nondescript [...]

Perfection on the TranzAlpine

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

The conversation behind me made my Kiwi heart swell with pride, especially when I detected the broad Aussie accents of the middle-aged couple. “I never expected the trip to be quite so spectacular,” the woman said. “Bloody bonzer,” was the reply from her husband. We were disembarking from the TranzAlpine train in Greymouth after a [...]

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