• Enjoying the parade in style

Steamy Punk

March 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

It was a bit like one of those weird dreams when you wake up relieved and think ‘thank goodness it was a dream’ – except I was awake. An old steam train was rattling down the main street of Thames followed by a ute painted in camouflage with a couple of sinister-looking militia types on [...]

  • Clare embraces the morning at Lake Rotorua

In Hot Water

December 12th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

When I dived into the lake I passed through a patch of hot water. “Ouch.” Seconds later the water cooled, and my head was relieved to feel the cooling sensation it craved after a hot 16-kilometre walk around the shore of Lake Tarawera. Hot Water Beach, true to its name, producing scalding hot water in [...]

Weekend in the Capital

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

We are perched in a high-rise building with a glimpse of the sea. Through the binoculars I see people in the building across the way, with headphones on, talking – people in cubicles, staring at screens. I notice one of the computer screens looks like the colour of my tax return. That’s interesting. “We are [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Goats once lived on Goat Island

A Sanctuary for Marine Life

June 25th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

One-and-a-half hours north of Auckland on the East Coast near Leigh is an area rich with snapper swimming among seaweed forests, anemones and sponges. The thriving underwater world at Goat Island has been protected since the creation of New Zealand’s first marine reserve in 1975. The idea of protecting unique areas of coastline with marine [...]