• Kaikoura - with a sunrise like this over the ocean you can see why this area is so captivating

Who Said Roadie?

November 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

November is here in all its glory. It’s a lovely warm sunny day in Martinborough as I write this. We’ve had a seriously busy couple of months, and travelled over 2500km in just two weeks at one stage, because we could – that’s living the RV lifestyle, LOL. At the end of the last Chronicles [...]

  • The drawing roof where guests meet for canapes and cocktails pre dinner at Wharekauhau

Luxury to ludicrous – and The Rock gets banned!

July 9th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Here we are in midwinter, snow has blanketed all the ski fields and more, but at least the rain has stopped for the moment. We ended our last column in Whangarei - a walk along the city waterway for us all, lunch at one of the many very good restaurants on offer, and then it [...]

  • Chargeabout’s fancy Moustache e-bikes to hire or purchase (credit: Chargeabout Queenstown)

Queenstown Trail

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

After riding around the globe finding the best trails to map, I returned home to the shores of Lake Wakatipu only to discover that the Adventure Capital (Queenstown) was about to open its own cycle network. While familiar with the area, I was eager to explore parts of the Wakatipu basin that were unreachable by [...]

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 [...]