• Cyclists riding alongside Lake Pukaki on a perfect day. Photo by Miles Holden

E-bike and Hiking – The Lake Tekapo-Pukaki-Ohau-Hooker Valley Trails

September 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve never understood the obsession with fly fishing – fruitless hours flailing the water with a feathery thing on the end of a piece of flimsy nylon – but seeing the look of sheer exultation on my husband’s face when he landed a rainbow trout helped me grasp what a thrill it is to hook [...]

Ultimate Compatibility Test

March 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On our way down the West Coast, we stopped off at Franz Josef Glacier Guides’ base in Franz Josef in the hope the weather would allow us to fly up onto the glacier by chopper. The impressive complex was alive with hearty-looking guides in red shirts and shorts with climbing ropes, pitons and two-way radios [...]

First Rental Roadie

December 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

... ...When I was a child, I would hide on the last day of the holidays, trying to prolong the summer magic and avoid the long car trip back to Dunedin. My long-suffering parents would be standing on the lawn in Arrowtown with the little crib all locked up [...]