Blog posts from 2007

  •  Post Office Bay, Ulva Island.  © Amelia Norman

    Ulva Island: A Southern Sanctuary

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 13 November 2007

    The light is different in here. It’s deeper, mysterious and mottled. The air has changed too; thicker, cooler and scented with the sweet earthiness of New Zealand’s native bush.

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  • Waipara Wine & Food: Cause for Celebration

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 28 August 2007

    There’s a time and a place for bluegrass music and the Waipara Valley Wine & Food Celebration is definitely it.

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  •  Amelia rides the Zorb down the zig-zag track, Rotorua.  © Zorb, Rotorua

    The Spirit of Rotorua

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 28 August 2007

    I think I’m going to be sick. I can’t tell top from bottom of this giant plastic ball in which I’m encased. It’s rolling faster and faster downhill and changing direction willy-nilly.

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  •  © ZEALANDIA

    A Kiwi Encounter

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 28 August 2007

    In the hushed darkness I hear a scratching. Something with claws is raking the forest ground fitfully. I tiptoe forward past tall, umbrella-shaped punga trees, eager not to reveal my presence. The scratching stops. I stop. Has it seen me? Silence…

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  •  The Hot Tracks Hagglund ride in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Hot Tracks in Hanmer

    By Amelia Norman
    Friday, 17 August 2007

    “It’s not every day you see a bright orange bit of Tupperware driving down the road,” comments my chauffeur, Paddy.

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  •  Otira, Arthur'a Pass, West Coast  © Tourism West Coast

    Motorcycling in the South Island

    By Karen Goa
    Sunday, 29 July 2007

    ‘Go Bullet go,’ I mutter into my helmet. Perched behind my rider husband I’m doing everything I can think of, short of pedalling, to get us and the motorbike up this steepest stretch of Arthur’s Pass.

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  •  Annette Knowler, Master Storyteller, conducts Twilight Tales Tours around Oamaru's historic precinct.  © Amelia Norman

    The Twilight Tales of Oamaru

    By Amelia Norman
    Monday, 2 July 2007

    In the concrete darkness of Smith’s Grain Store three candles flicker. The shadow of Annette Knowler’s tiny frame morphs into a wavering monster as she passes them.

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  •  An Orana Wildlife Park tiger leaps between poles for his meal.  © Orana Wildlife Trust

    Close Encounters at Orana Widlife Park

    By Amelia Norman
    Monday, 21 May 2007

    A zebra can run at 60kph and can kill a leopard with a fierce hind-kick: not facts I’m happy about as the zebra I’m watching turns its stripy head and settles its beady gaze on me.

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  •  It's all in a Name weblog Travel Story

    It's All in a Name

    By Roy Sinclair
    Thursday, 15 March 2007

    The naming of the Mackay Falls is one of those appealing human stories from colonial New Zealand. I likely picked it up from one of those long ago Radio New Zealand programmes Open Country presented by Jim Henderson.

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  •  Home of the Queen of Crime weblog Travel Story

    Home of the 'Queen of Crime'

    By Judith Doyle
    Monday, 29 January 2007

    Ngaio Marsh, Queen of Crime (crime novelists, that is) lived for 77 years in the salubrious Cashmere hills of Christchurch.

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