• Welcome to Cheviot

Checking out Cheviot

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

Extensive road works north and south of Kaikōura meant that it took more than an hour longer than we’d expected to travel to Cheviot from Picton but seeing the extent of the earthquake devastation and the amount of reinstatement work required was a real eye-opener, making the delay worthwhile. At Ohau Point, hundreds of seals [...]

  • The Maruia River Sluice Box is a narrow canyon of outstanding beauty

Stand astride the Plates

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

If you happen to be in the Greenwich Royal Observatory in London, it’s possible to stand with one foot in the eastern hemisphere and the other in the western hemisphere. In the Indonesian city of Pontianak, you can stand with one foot in the southern hemisphere, and the other in the northern hemisphere. But at [...]

  • Entering the Roxburgh Gorge is near-perfection

Gorging on Greatness

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

Which to choose: staring all day at a computer in order to keep the Great Rides App in shape, or steering my bike through a river gorge to keep myself in shape? Today I choose the latter, so leaving early morning from my home on the shores of moody Lake Wakatipu I head to the [...]

  • The ‘Rust in Peace’ paddocks provide idyllic photo opportunities

Yaldhurst Museum Christchurch – A Vintage Snapshot of the Past.

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

On arrival at the Yaldhurst Museum, first impressions might lead you to believe you’ve arrived at a 10-minute-coffee-stop museum – a ‘stretch of legs’ whilst en route somewhere else. On entering the reception area there’s a standard shop and café. But then, without presumption or grandiosity, the fascination begins as you enter through a nondescript [...]

  • AB699 built in Thames and once the largest engine on the NZ Rail system

Pleasant Point Canterbury

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

Pleasant Point’s a Canterbury town with a population of about 1300. While there’s no doubt about its pleasant aspect and its avenue of trees leading in from the south, no one seems quite sure of why ‘Point’ is part of its name. It’s referred to as simply ‘Point’ or ‘The Point’ by locals and has [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Chris and our hiking friend Libby at a beach on the Millennium Track

Wanaka Walking Tracks

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

We’ve walked the Millennium Track in all seasons: in the scorching heat of high summer, in autumn when the leaves turn to fire, under a mantle of silver ice in winter, and in spring when the famous Wanaka tree comes back to life. The track from Wanaka township to Glendhu Bay is an absolute stunner [...]

Kia Ora from Kaikōura

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

Just over two years ago, on November 14, 2016, Kaikōura experienced a 7.8 (Mw) earthquake. The land rocked and rolled and creaked and groaned and the seabed was uplifted 1–5 metres along the Kaikōura coastline. The earthquake had a significant impact on the community its landscape and the local economy. The devastating quake forced the closure [...]

  • The historic gold-mining ghost town of Macetown, 15km from Arrowtown, Otago, New Zealand. Autumn turns the poplar trees to gold. Picture by Mike Langford

Walking to Macetown

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

The walk up the Arrow River to the gold-mining ghost town of Macetown was a much-loved summer pilgrimage in my youth when we had a holiday cottage in Arrowtown. Macetown was first settled in the early 1860s as a result of the discovery of gold in the Arrow River. At first the rush was for [...]

  • It’s no wonder Tour Aotearoa riders found the Von a real highlight

A Great Ride – Coming Around the Mountains

September 10th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Can there be a better start to a trail than farewelling the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and plying across a pristine lake on a 100-year-old steamship, with a backdrop of the most remarkable mountains? Well if there is, I want to find it! Leaving Queenstown (or should that be ‘Queenopolis’ given the recent population [...]