• What a welcome – Whitianga’s entrance signage

Whitianga – A Great Escape

June 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Three days after the hugely successful Whitianga Summer Concert in which Bonnie Tyler, Alan Parsons and Icehouse played to a sell-out crowd of some 15,000 on Anniversary weekend, the town billboards had already been changed to promote the Queen’s Birthday weekend Mercury Music Festival. So, when the town entrance sign says “Whitianga – enjoy”, that’s [...]

  • This leafy tunnel leads travellers towards Otaki Gorge

How Green is my Valley

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

It’s not a huge distance, but it’s a world away from Otaki village famed for its retail outlets, nor is it far away from the recently completed Paraparaumu motorway where vehicles zip past day and night, but once again, it’s a world away The Otaki Gorge, tucked away in the foothills of the Tararua Ranges [...]

  • The truck chase scene from Hunt for the Wilderpeople saw the truck slide into this Olds

The Pair behind The Palace

May 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Colin and Barbara attend impounds, rescues, crashes, AA breakdowns, police salvage and are first assist to the local ambulance service. If called out they go – 24/7, whatever the weather – north and south of Mount Ruapehu from Whanganui to Owhango, and as far-east as Waiouru. That’s in addition to repairing vehicles and issuing warrants [...]

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