Blog posts from July 2006

  •  © Heather Hapeta

    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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  •  © Destination Queenstown

    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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  •  © Heather Hapeta

    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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