New Zealand

Te Aroha – climbing the mountain
New Zealand

Te Aroha – climbing the mountain

The top of Mt Te Aroha is one of the places in New Zealand that really gives you an idea of the geography of the country because you can see so far. On a clear day you can see Mt Taranaki on the west coast, Mt Ruapehu in the centre […]

The views will put you off your stroke
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Musick Point, Auckland

The most picturesque golf course in Auckland is located on Musick Point, but why spoil a good walk having to stop to knock a ball in a hole! Park next to the sign at the beginning of the course, next to a few houses which look like they might have […]

Akaroa, Christchurch
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Akaroa, Christchurch

With one and a half days to spend in Christchurch and our lovely friends hosting us and driving us around we set off to explore the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa. Formed by numerous eruptions of the Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes, the Banks Peninsula offers striking scenery with deep valleys, craggy headlands and steep […]

Hunua Ranges Hiking, Auckland
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Hunua Ranges Hiking, Auckland

While most people would think of the Waitakere Ranges as being the place to go hiking in Auckland, there’s another water catchment area with dams and a mixture of gentle and rugged walking tracks: the Hunua Ranges. Bird watching The area has been undergoing some fairly intensive predator trapping and […]

Neil Dawson's Horizons changes radically depending on which way you look at it
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Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park, Auckland

Gibbs Farm is an artistic experiment in the use of the landscape to influence and display large-scale works of art. It’s set against the backdrop of the Kaipara Harbour and is owned by entrepreneur and arts philanthropist, Alan Gibbs. Of the 19 works on display, three dominate the park: Neil […]

CubaDupa in Wellington
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CubaDupa in Wellington

Cubadupa in Wellington lasts just for a weekend and this is a weekend you don’t want to miss. The dates change every year, but they are generally falling at the end of March, to farewell the summer with the best party possible. Cuba Street and the surrounding lanes and public […]

The carved pou symbolises the spiritual guardianship of Te Kawerau a Maki and recognises that this is a special place, being one of the oldest settled parts of the Waitakere Ranges
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Mercer Bay Caves, Auckland

40km west of Auckland is a bay that doesn’t want to be accessed by mere mortals. Mercer Bay sits between Piha and Karekare on the west coast of Auckland. We went on an amazing early autumn day. The sea was a gently rippling cape edged in white lace and a lone boat […]

Auckland Lantern Festival
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Auckland Lantern Festival

The Chinese community comes out in force to support the Auckland Lantern Festival. This is the first year it’s been held in Auckland Domain and it made a huge difference from Albert Park, the venue in previous years. At Albert Park it was a seething throng of people and the […]