• 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • View inside the Moog, looking from the kitchen

Living in a Tiny House on Wheels – Our First Nine Months on the Road

March 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

Where did that nine months go! We can’t quite believe it but we’ve been on the road for over nine months already. Sometimes it feels like we’ve been doing this for years, and then in another instant it feels like it was only yesterday that we were stuck at my parents, waiting for the repairs [...]

  • 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 [...]