South Island’s Jewel – ‘The Mackenzie Country’

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

Lupins, turquoise lakes, spacious, barren landscapes and the majestic Aoraki/Mt Cook were some of the images that enticed us to visit the Mackenzie country. As much as I had looked forward to travelling through the region, I wasn’t expecting it to be as stunning as it was. This slice of New Zealand known as the [...]

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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 [...]