• Oneroa Cycle and Walkway offers magnificent coastal views

A Taste of TairAwhiti on Bikes

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , |

“Our mission is for visitors to cycle up an appetite. Not just for Gisborne’s fine food and wine, but also to cycle more often,” enthuses Katrina Duncan, co-owner of Cycle Gisborne. On a sublime blue-sky-and-sea Tairāwhiti day she shared exactly that: cycle ride, cider-taste, cycle, beer-pizza – then cycle a bit more. Katrina and her [...]

Paradise Found – Anaura Bay

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Nestled between Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay on the East Cape north of Gisborne, is the beautifully rugged Anaura Bay. It’s about 7km from the main highway, down a winding road that is often only wide enough for a single vehicle. Luckily there is not much traffic out this way, and the view that awaits [...]

  • Lovely Onemana Bay

North Island Beauty Spot Wins Over Biased South Islander – Coromandel Roadie Part II

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Shakespeare Cliff Scenic and Historic Reserve, a promontory above Lonely Bay, offers a breathtaking panorama of the vast Pacific Ocean studded with islands, and the Coromandel Peninsula stretching for miles to the north. The information boards at the summit were so absorbing, I lost track of time. I was fascinated by the story of Kupe’s [...]

  • 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 [...]