Blog posts from 2006

  •  Shrine to a Writer weblog Travel Story

    Shrine to a Writer

    By Judith Doyle
    Thursday, 21 December 2006

    New Zealand's most popular literary shrine is the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace in Wellington's inner suburb of Thorndon. It is an unpretentious two-storey weatherboard house, truly Victorian.

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  •  The Priest Spa at Rotorua's famous Polynesian Spa complex.  © Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing

    Hot Pools and Massage

    By Heather Hapeta
    Tuesday, 5 December 2006

    Despite first appearances, this is not the age of giant beasts in an ancient world but Rotorua, New Zealand: the pungent heart of New Zealand's geothermal activity.

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    Canterbury Cheese

    By Heather Hapeta
    Tuesday, 5 December 2006

    Notwithstanding having a kitchen the size of a yacht galley, I love food. And New Zealand has great food.

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    Christchurch Boatsheds

    By Heather Hapeta
    Monday, 4 December 2006

    In 1850, swamp covered Christchurch and settlers had to traverse bog to get home after shopping in the market. Those early settlers must have been sorely disillusioned when they first saw the soggy land of their dreams.

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  •  Whanganui River - Whanganui and Manawatu  © Visit Ruapehu

    Canoeing the Whanganui River

    By Judith Doyle
    Monday, 18 September 2006

    Our all-women group of eleven aimed to canoe the Whanganui River from Whakahoro to Pipiriki - a distance of 88km. We were under the wing of one of the companies that guide on the river - an excellent decision for novices.

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  •  Colin Johnson and his stock at Johnson's Grocery, Christchurch, New Zealand.  © Roy Sinclair

    Johnson's Grocery

    By Roy Sinclair
    Wednesday, 30 August 2006

    Some things just don’t change. Stepping inside Johnson’s Grocery in Christchurch is to delightfully step back in time.

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  •  Whangaroa weblog Travel Story

    Whangaroa: Up the Duke's Nose

    By Liz Light
    Sunday, 27 August 2006

    “Phormium tenax, cordyline australis, pseudopanax crassifolius.” My sweetheart, Sam, has taken an interest in native plants in the last couple of years and periodically drops their scientific names into our conversations.

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  •  Queen Charlotte walking track - Marlborough  © Destination Marlborough

    Sounds Amazing

    By Liz Light
    Friday, 25 August 2006

    It’s a silver morning on Marlborough Sounds, sun dancing on water, a nip in the air and dolphins frolic about the boat.

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  •  Oamaru's historic precinct  © Amelia Norman

    Oamaru Radical

    By Helen Frances
    Monday, 21 August 2006

    Oamaru bookbinder, Michael O’Brien must be one of New Zealand’s most consistently retro dressers. When I wander into his shop in the Oamaru Historic Precinct he is wearing what he calls a pre-tartan kilt (no clan’s tartan)

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  •  In the footsteps of Brunner weblog Travel Story

    In the Footprints of Brunner

    By Roy Sinclair
    Sunday, 13 August 2006

    Arnold Valley Road is the route I prefer to follow whenever travelling between Greymouth and Christchurch. A gem, the rural road runs from SH 7 at Stillwater and joins SH 73 at Jacksons.

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  •  Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel  © Tourism Coromandel

    Coromandel Loop

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    It may be mildly obsessional but I’ve always been one to connect the dots, complete things, so it’s naggingly irritating that it’s not possible to drive the full circle around the top of Coromandel Peninsula.

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  •  Kereru - New Zealand's native wood pigeon - at Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Tiritiri Matangi

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    Bellbirds, four of them, feathers fluffed up, sit in a huddle in a wattle tree with winter yellow flowers, and they’re going for it, sounding each other out, shrieking more than singing.

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  •  Auckland city and bridge at twilight - Tourism Auckland  © Tourism Auckland

    Rangitoto

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    On this blue Sunday the sun sits just above the low pointed cone of Rangitoto and, as we steam towards it on the 9.15 ferry, the island is silhouetted black, a round almost-collapsed jelly served up on silver sea.

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  •  Wairere Boulders, Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand.  © Wairere Boulders

    Rock of Ages

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    Some of the massive boulders are fluted, as if a giant has dragged fingers through icing. Some are rippled like the ocean and others have wrinkled rows of razor sharp ridges.

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  • A King Among Joiners

    By Helen Frances
    Tuesday, 8 August 2006

    You would not immediately link hot air balloons with kitchen benches, but Peter King has a passion for both. Peter runs a successful and long-standing joinery business, King’s Fourth Generation Woodworking Company, in Carterton, Wairarapa.

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    Karori Wildlife Sanctuary

    By Heather Hapeta
    Sunday, 30 July 2006

    In a hidden, almost secret valley, kiwis are breeding only three kilometres from Parliament. In the heart of New Zealand’s capital city a slice of New Zealand is reverting to its former glory with the help of a predator-free mainland island.

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  •  Aoraki Balloons, Ashburton District  © Ashburton District Tourism

    Ballooning in Canterbury

    By Heather Hapeta
    Sunday, 30 July 2006

    "When the wind blows in your face, something different is about to happen." Don tells us.

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  • Holiday Photos

    By Heather Hapeta
    Sunday, 30 July 2006

    Do you, like me, hate that F word? Photographers use it such a lot! All I ever wanted was to record my trip. All I wanted was to have my memories enhanced by colourful images - a visual diary. But they keep using the ‘f’ word.

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  •  A Modest Memorial weblog Travel Story

    A Modest Memorial

    By Judith Doyle
    Sunday, 30 July 2006

    New Zealanders are celebrated as outdoor enthusiasts and keen sportspeople. But alongside this sporty tradition is a growing enthusiasm for New Zealand writing.

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  •  Driftwood on the Hokitika Beach after the sunset, West Coast  © Tourism West Coast

    Stone Art

    By Roy Sinclair
    Saturday, 29 July 2006

    Tucked behind one of Hokitika’s plush Jade retailers is a small studio displaying curious paintings on stones. In the centre William Steyn has his work bench.

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  •  The view from the new TranzScenic carriages.  © Kiwi Rail

    Charlie & The TranzAlpine

    By Roy Sinclair
    Saturday, 29 July 2006

    Charlie and the TranzAlpine may not have quite the same ring to it as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but having seen the movie and travelled on the train, I am comfortable with the comparison.

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    Arrowtown

    By Karen Goa
    Saturday, 29 July 2006

    Driving into Arrowtown through sun-spanked hills is like stumbling onto an old but good secret.

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  •  Flax leaves in front of a winter mountain, Mt Taranaki  © Josh Woskett

    Freewheeling to Taranaki

    By Karen Goa
    Saturday, 29 July 2006

    Helmets? Check. Leathers and boots? Check. Maps of the back roads? Definitely. The main routes are no place for a decent day’s motorbiking. We - my rider husband Ken, the Harley and I - are Taranaki bound.

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  •  Gore Bay - North Canterbury  © Gemma Dixon

    Living the Hurunui Good Life

    By Karen Goa
    Saturday, 29 July 2006

    Some secrets - like my grandmother’s recipe for chokecherry wine – should never be unleashed on the world. Others are best shared. Here are a few – Peter the butler at Sherwood Lodge. Gore Bay baches and beaches.

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  •  The Christchurch Tram.  © PhotoNewZealand

    Family Fun in Christchurch

    By Heather Hapeta
    Thursday, 27 July 2006

    Family fun in Christchurch is great for both the visitor and local alike. Why? Because Christchurch caters for children with fabulous events in the school holidays and heaps of activities for them during the rest of the year too...

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    Red Rocks Seal Tours

    By Heather Hapeta
    Thursday, 27 July 2006

    Under blue skies, and with a group of Australians as fellow travellers, I join the Red Rock Seal Tour at Wellington’s tourist information centre. I’ve been promised landmarks, seals, and great views.

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  •  Cuba Street weblog Travel Story

    Cuba Street Wellington

    By Helen Frances
    Tuesday, 25 July 2006

    Cuba Street is one of the arteries of Wellington’s CBD. The area pulses to a more bohemian beat than neighbouring Willis and Manners Streets, or Courtenay Place, and at full moon the upper reaches pound to the rhythm of drummers at a local bar.

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  •  Public artwork in Blackball, West Coast, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Blackball

    By Lynn Clayton
    Tuesday, 25 July 2006

    The town of Blackball (pop 370) lies 20 minutes from the West Coast highway. As a child growing up in the South Island, one of my favourite treats were ‘blackball’ sweets or boiled lollies (black and white balls).

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  •  Just a Jouster weblog Travel Story

    Just a Jouster

    By Helen Frances
    Thursday, 11 May 2006

    “I’m just an average sort of person,” says New Zealand jouster, Callum Forbes. In his white, financial planner’s business shirt with a teddy bear tie he looks eons away from the guy who owns and trains jousting horses...

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  • Pedalling Where Trains Once Thundered: Otago Rail Trail

    By Roy Sinclair
    Thursday, 11 May 2006

    We imagined ourselves pedalling the best part of 150 kilometres down the Otago Central Rail Trail, from Alexandra to Middlemarch, with a moderate nor-wester on our backs.

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  •  Hiking near Lake Ohau, Twizel, Mt Cook Mackenzie  © Destination Mt Cook Mackenzie

    In Hillary's Steps

    By Roy Sinclair
    Wednesday, 3 May 2006

    No matter how hard we might dream, few of us who love mountains will emulate the adventures of Sir Edmund Hillary and stand on top of the world.

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  •  Waikaremoana Falls, North Island  © © El Groo via Flickr

    Lake Waikaremoana Track

    By Judith Doyle
    Tuesday, 25 April 2006

    Primeval forest, an untouched lake plus Maori and early Colonial history - the Lake Waikaremoana Track combines them all in a stunning 46km-long trail.

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  •  The Christchurch Tram.  © PhotoNewZealand

    Christchurch Tram

    By Roy Sinclair
    Wednesday, 5 April 2006

    For over a decade the clang of tram bells has become a friendly feature of Christchurch.

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  •  Ti kouka, the New Zealand cabbage tree, at Lake Hawea, Southern Lakes District.  © Roy Sinclair

    Lake Hawea

    By Lynn Clayton
    Tuesday, 4 April 2006

    Hawea is many places to many people, some remember living there when the hydro dam was built, some recall carefree childhoods with long summer evenings and auroras that lit up the sky...

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  •  Kaikoura town view  © Eliduke (Flickr)

    Maori Tours Kaikoura

    By Heather Hapeta
    Tuesday, 4 April 2006

    Herbal medicines and family history combine to provide a great tourist experience in Kaikoura.

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  •  Newmarket weblog Travel Story

    Newmarket

    By Lynn Clayton
    Monday, 27 March 2006

    Most people these days think of Newmarket as the trendy shopping centre in Auckland. This is true but it is much more than this.

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  •  Preservation Inlet weblog Travel Story

    Preservation & Chalky Inlets

    By Lynn Clayton
    Thursday, 23 March 2006

    I normally live a typical Auckland city life... flat whites at my local cafe; art house movies; wines with the girls; cleaning ladies; European cars and a life slightly removed from the one I was about to embark on!

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    Tattoo Identity

    By Helen Frances
    Wednesday, 22 March 2006

    Wellington’s only female tattooist is a striking young woman with strong beliefs and a talent for body art. Tattoos are more than skin deep for Jolene Tempest, Wellington’s only female tattooist.

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  •  The Mackenzie Country

    Landscape Just Blue me Away

    By Helen Frances
    Wednesday, 22 March 2006

    It is a searing hot, blue South Canterbury day and this is the first time I have been in the Mackenzie country. You hear stories about the rugged beauty and isolation but none have prepared me for the heat and stark clarity of the light and landscapes.

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  •  Cape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay  © Venture Hawkes Bay

    Cape Kidnappers

    By Heather Hapeta
    Wednesday, 22 March 2006

    "It's absolutely amazing. I had no idea that you could get so near to them." Gary, from England, is astonished. "So close they're touchable!"

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    Foxton Folk

    By Helen Frances
    Tuesday, 21 March 2006

    In small towns people with unusual interests and flair stand out. It’s the windmill that first catches the eye at Foxton, but the folk who run the Foxton Transport Museum and Doll Gallery on Main Street waylay me en route.

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  • Touching an Iceberg

    By Roy Sinclair
    Tuesday, 21 March 2006

    Icebergs make one think of the Titanic sinking, or of those glistening beacons of nature typically found in polar regions. Floating giants – two thirds are underwater – they are as beautiful as they are treacherous.

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  •  Ship Creek weblog Travel Story

    Ship Creek

    By Roy Sinclair
    Tuesday, 21 March 2006

    Wisely, my companion is someone who will seldom pass up an opportunity to fossick along a lonely ocean beach.

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  •  St Bathams weblog Travel Story

    St Bathans: An Old Pub & A Ghost

    By Roy Sinclair
    Tuesday, 21 March 2006

    The Vulcan is a wonderful old pub found in a hollow, slightly off the beaten track, in Central Otago. It’s the most lively premises in St Bathans, a town with a population that fails to achieve double figures. Predictably, it’s a sleepy place.

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  •  Wellington Walker weblog Travel Story

    Wellington Walker

    By Helen Frances
    Wednesday, 15 March 2006

    If you are lost in Wellington and happen to see a slim woman with very short dark hair and glasses striding through the streets, don’t hesitate to wave your map and call out for help.

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