• New Zealand’s fastest eroding coastline

A Road Trip from Marokopa to Tongaporutu

September 10th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Ironic, sad, but true – despite having hitch-hiked (or more latterly driven) throughout New Zealand for 30-plus years, it seems I still receive my hot travel tips about go-to locations from foreign backpackers who’ve been here for five minutes. The bully for my latest sojourn came from a young Dutch couple who said one of [...]

  • It’s only in reasonably recent years that Glenorchy has been accessible by road. Prior to that the Earnslaw – run by New Zealand Railways – was the only means of transport in and out

The Great South Island Road Trip

September 9th, 2019|Tags: , , |

A couple of years back a survey of international travellers asked what destination they would like to see before they died. Pretty grim way of putting the question, but the results were interesting. In order of preference they were, the Grand Canyon, Queensland’s Coral Reef and the South Island of New Zealand. That puts us [...]

  • The Britz eVolve almost back home. With the Remarkables as a backdrop we complete our nearly three days with the vehicle

Road Trip – Queenstown to Dunedin

June 30th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The offer of a test drive in a new EV motorhome recently added to the Britz rental range was a golden opportunity. This was the proverbial killing of two birds with the one stone. The first being I have never driven an EV on an extended run and I was curious to see how it [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • For those who venture up in an RV, buckle in for the ride – it is not for the faint hearted, and not recommended for caravans or larger vehicles 
Ben Ohau across the lake

The Outer Fringes of the Kingdom of Waitaki

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , |

With the temperature hovering in the mid-20s, the Navigator and I decided to head up-country for a night under the stars. Six months ago, we had camped on the shores of Lake Ohau in the Ruataniwha Conservation Park in company with a reasonably senior DOC field worker. Naturally, the issue of ‘Freedom Camping’ came into [...]

  • View from the old lighthouse of the entrance to Manukau Harbour with its tricky sandbar

Tripping Down Memory Lane

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

For my annual holiday in New Zealand, this year I decided that I needed to seek a new challenge and change my approach to travelling about the country. Part of my agenda has always been to attend the motor races starting at Hampton Downs in early January and progressively travel south week by week until [...]

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 [...]