• Lunch stop at Fairlight Station - past railway glories

RV Roadie – Year 2 Part II

December 18th, 2019|Tags: , , |

When I left off last issue we were just boarding the Interislander bound for Picton. Following a smooth voyage and an on-time arrival we disembarked with a mission to get as far south as possible by nightfall. We prefer not to arrive at new camping grounds after dark, so stopping during daylight hours with time [...]

  • Photo by Cicell Jenks: Built from locally-quarried stone, the Tokata Lighthouse at Nugget Point stands an impressive 9.5 metres high and is 76 metres above the sea

Do it while you still can – Catlins Part 2

December 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

I’m a great fan of information boards (I read every word, much to the extreme frustration of my travelling companions), and at Kākā Point on the south-east coast of the South Island, the boards told us we were standing where the Clutha River used to flow to sea until a massive flood in 1878 moved [...]

  • The Junction at Cromwell in springtime. Credit James Jubb, Tourism Central Otago

Silencing the voices in my head – Catlins Part 1

December 17th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Eyebrows were raised to the ex-hairline and there was much tut-tutting among our friends as they inspected the double bed neatly made up in the back of the JUCY Cabana station wagon and the little kitchen tucked into the rear of the vehicle. “You’re a bit old for this sort of thing,” they guffawed, shaking [...]

  • Motupipi Hill in Takaka, where conservation coexists with recreation on a series of unique cycle trails (Alistair Hughes)

The Motupipi Hill Cycle Trail

November 9th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Golden Bay, in the Nelson Tasman region, is a remarkably beautiful part of New Zealand. The area has long offered rich opportunities for tramping, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, caving – a vast range of outdoor activities to be enjoyed within a stunning natural setting. All were catered for bar one notable exception, one that has [...]

Stunning Mountain Vistas on the Ride to Welcome Rock.

November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , |

I was welcomed to Welcome Rock long before the trail of the same name appeared on the high-country hills behind Garston. It just so happened several years ago that our neighbour was the sister of the station owner, and she invited me to their farm after I returned from overseas cycling adventures. I soon learnt [...]

  • Household items still intact from decades ago

Man & Museum

November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Collecting is a childhood hobby for some, but for others it’s a pursuit that develops later in life. Richard Spark, now 75 years old, started his collection in 1982 and since then has acquired an enormous variety of items detailing New Zealand’s social history from the turn of the 20th century. Kathy Catton spoke with [...]

  • The water wheel generates electricity for most of the Smiths’ needs

In Miners’ Footsteps

November 8th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

“These are our newest babies,” Robyn Smith gestures to two little goats and a Highland cow with her calf at foot. “We’re feeding her stock-food pellets to try and get her used to us,” she explained, unfortunately thwarted in this plan by the sudden arrival of a Belted Galloway heifer who knows only too well [...]

  • Up in the hills

Beneath the Big Sky

November 7th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

It takes less than four hours to drive from Geraldine to Alexandra on the conventional route. But having had two thoroughly enjoyable four-wheel-drive tours with Robbie and Connie Crickett of NZ Adventures Ltd last year, we booked early for the 2019 Big Sky trip, a mostly mountainous excursion through Otago, Canterbury and a little bit [...]

  • Jackson Bay wharf

Jackson Bay – End of the Road!

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

Tourists seem to fall broadly into three categories. Firstly there are domestic tourists, many of whom are of the older generation leisurely travelling the country in their own car or motorhome – although if you read on, you’ll notice that there is a sub-category to this genre called ‘men who don’t listen to their wives’. [...]

  • The Arts Centre still takes centre stage towards the west of the CBD

Christchurch: A City Embracing Change

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

Ōtautahi Christchurch has had a bad run of luck these last 10 years – earthquakes, fires in the Port Hills and terror attacks. Christchurch has seen it all, and yet it has always risen to the challenge of rebuilding itself, physically and emotionally, from the inside out. As our Prime Minister so eloquently summarised, it’s [...]