• Begun in 1916 the tunnel opened in August 1919

On Durie Hill

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

We’d read about an underground elevator near Whanganui and decided that on our way to New Plymouth from Raumati Beach we’d stop for a look. The tunnel entrance that leads to the elevator is on Anzac Parade not far along State Highway 4, but there were cars parked on both sides of the road for [...]

Where Cycling’s Happening – A Great Ride

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

Growing up in Hamilton I cycled to school on busy roads in a time before cycleways, lanes or trails … dedicated bicycle routes were only a twinkle in the eye of the future. Spending time in the Waikato recently, I found the future is now! Cycling is booming in the heart of the Waikato. No other [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • One of MOTAT’s operational heritage trams which transport visitors between sites

Auckland’s Museum of Transport and Technology brings our Heritage Alive

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Just a word to the wise: when considering a visit to MOTAT (and you should) don’t attempt to go there on a weekend when everyone else in Auckland has the same idea. MOTAT is set on 40 acres of land at the popular Western Springs Park – a destination in itself. It’s adjacent to Auckland [...]

  • Te Hoho Rock framed by Cathedral Arch at Cathedral Cove. Photo by The Coromandel – thecoromandel.com

Confessions of a One-Eyed, Biased South Islander

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I’m the first to admit I’m a one-eyed, blinkered, biased South Islander whose magnetic centre is Central Otago, where I holidayed as a child, but a recent road trip around the Coromandel Peninsula forced me to concede that certain parts of the North Island actually do stack up against ‘my’ peaks, lakes and rivers. In [...]

  • Gisborne from a lookout on Titirangi-Kaiti Hill. Photo by Damon Meade

What to See and Do in Gisborne

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

Gisborne, the most easterly city in the world, is the first city on the planet to see the light of each new day; it’s where Māori landed their voyaging waka (canoes) in the 14th century after navigating across the Pacific Ocean; it’s home to Millton Vineyards and Winery, the first producer in New Zealand to [...]

Whakatane to Opotiki

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

Ride the Dunes Trail section of Motu Trails Six years after it was opened, the Motu Trails (motutrails.co.nz) has become one of the highlight visitor attractions of the eastern Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti regions. There is a range of levels to choose from, with Ōpōtiki’s Dunes Trail at the easy end. Even so, the popular 9km [...]

  • Waipu Caves

Waipu – Highland at Heart

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

Planning on visiting Waipu? What better way to begin a New Year than to experience the sights and sounds of the traditional Waipu Highland Games with clans, kilts and cabers, pipe bands and bagpipes, sports, stalls and Scottish dancing! Each New Year’s Day Waipu celebrates its Scottish and Nova Scotian heritage, as it has done [...]

  • The coast section is a real stunner (credit: TBS Photography)

Remutaka Cycle Trail – A Great Ride

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

I begin my cycle mission on the foreshore at Petone – the official start of the Remutaka Cycle Trail. With my GPS units set to record every second of my experience so I can continue building the Great Rides App, I’m away. The sky is blue and there is a little chop on the harbour [...]

  • Tolaga Bay wharf under a full moon. Photo by Damon Meade

Gisborne Road Trip

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

When I first arrived as an import from the South Island, ‘hybrid vigour’ my husband used to say about me. The east coast of the North Island is now my backyard, but as is so often the way, I’ve travelled the rest of New Zealand and the world before exploring my own neighbourhood. For this [...]