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Kinloch’s Lakeside Loop – A Great Ride

September 6th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

I am quite fond of Kinloch, a pretty village on the edge of Lake Taupō. In Gaelic the settlement’s name means ‘loch end’, and it has a familiar feel to that of Kingston, my lakeside hometown in the deep south. Both villages are at one end of a large lake, nestled in a small forest-lined [...]

  • Industrial artwork on a grand scale

The Goldilocks Waters

July 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , |

Just like Goldilocks testing beds to find her preferred softness, my feet found their soothing ‘just right’ warm waters beside the Taupō Trails. Fortunately reaching this natural hot spring along the cycle 
       trail did not involve encountering three bears but instead was rather an enjoyable journey through the woods on a big ride. Yes, [...]

  • The Old Forge is worth a stop along this new trail section

A New Frontier on the Plains

July 5th, 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

Bilbo Baggins is not the only one to take an unexpected journey from The Shire. I too am in Middle-earth in search of an adventure – in the form of a nearly completed section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. The trail is freshly laid and passes close to several attractions that I am keen to [...]

  • Up close to one of the Pancake Rocks in Raglan Harbour

Raglan – More than just a Mecca for Surfers

December 18th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Raglan has always been a magical, mystical place for me. For years I’d heard people talk about this cool little town on the edge of a magnificent harbour, where you could ride some of the best waves in New Zealand by just hopping off the rocky shoreline, or climb to the summit of Karioi, a [...]

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 [...]

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