Top 20 Must-Visit Places in the Waikato Region

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

Middle-earth Movie Magic When scouting around for settings for his epic movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Kiwi director Peter Jackson found just what he was looking for in the green rolling paddocks, rugged limestone outcrops and underground caverns of the Waikato region. Filming locations in the region include the [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Bronze statue of a mare and her foal outside the Town Hall in Cambridge was unveiled in March 2004

Cambridge Connections

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

Cambridge is way more than a one-horse town. As the centre of New Zealand’s equine industry, the Waikato town is surrounded by prosperous-looking stud farms, a number of training tracks and arenas, and the Cambridge raceway. There’s a life-size sculpture of a mare and foal outside the town hall, and the town’s pavements feature an [...]

  • Dining on the lakeside terrace is a pleasant experience

The Paradise Collection

May 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Whenever I visit the beautiful city of Hamilton, I’ve found to my delight that I can get to experience a little taste of China, Japan, India, Italy, England and America all in one day. How is this possible? Not by dining at six ethnic restaurants in one long gourmand excess, although I’m sure this has [...]