• Representing Australia (white masks) and Kiwis (dark masks)

Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

May 11th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , |

There was literally not a cloud in the clear blue sky and nothing to indicate that the Coast would be hit by a devastating weather bomb a few short weeks later. “The West Coast’s full,” we were told; as well as the wildfoods festival, the Wanaka A&P show was on, one of the very few [...]

  • Narrow entrance to Constant Bay

Tales of Long Ago and a Hidden Valley on the West Coast

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

Plenty of people have drowned here.” Mickey Ryan of Outwest Tours was showing us Constant Bay, a small rocky bay where a huge sea crashes on the rocks beyond its extremely narrow entrance. Constant Bay, west of Charleston near Westport, is named after the first ship to enter its small confines. Charleston, where gold was [...]

Ultimate Compatibility Test

March 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

On our way down the West Coast, we stopped off at Franz Josef Glacier Guides’ base in Franz Josef in the hope the weather would allow us to fly up onto the glacier by chopper. The impressive complex was alive with hearty-looking guides in red shirts and shorts with climbing ropes, pitons and two-way radios [...]

First Rental Roadie

December 18th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

... ...When I was a child, I would hide on the last day of the holidays, trying to prolong the summer magic and avoid the long car trip back to Dunedin. My long-suffering parents would be standing on the lawn in Arrowtown with the little crib all locked up [...]