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Skippers Canyon Queenstown

Skippers Canyon In Queenstown

Monday, February 11th, 2019

The scenic beauty of the 22 km Skippers Canyon gorge is definitely not to be missed when visiting Queenstown area. Whether you see it up close on a speeding jet boat, take a drive along… (read more)

Cadbury Building’s New Old Look

Monday, February 6th, 2017

At Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Dunedin work has begun restoring a long-disused building to it’s original appearance. Like many older buildings its facade was shaved in the name of modernisation in the 1950’s when the… (read more)

Jean Batten, Garbo of the Skies

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

High above the arrivals hall in Auckland’s international airport is a plane. It looks tiny in the cavernous, reverberating terminal – merely a decorative prop. But this is the plane that flew from England to… (read more)

The Mail Boat Tour From Picton

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

It’s 1.20pm, and a catamaran idles with a baritone murmur at the wharf. On neighbouring jetties water taxis tug nonchalantly at their lines, a giant cruise ship towers over Waitohi wharf, and Picton harbour glitters… (read more)

The Vanishing Fleet – Part II

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Last week I wrote a post about “visible shipwrecks” of the North Island coastline, wrecks that you can visit on foot. Our fascination with these rust-ridden hulks comes partly from our simultaneous love/fear of the… (read more)

The Vanishing Fleet

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

Shipwrecks have a special lure, don’t they? The spectre of tragedy that surrounds them, the resonance of loss, and a reminder of the ocean’s uncompromising power. More than most historical artefacts – restored cars, preserved… (read more)

Silent Sentry: The Tuahine Lighthouse

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

  On a spit of headland north of Gisborne, presiding sightlessly over the Pacific Ocean and the Ariel Reef, stands the rust-stained column of the Tuahine Point lighthouse. If, like me, you enjoy scouting out… (read more)

Railways Reborn

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Railways were once the heart of a country. Both socially and commercially they were vital links, often the only links. In 19th century New Zealand thousands of settlers laboured for years, even decades on a… (read more)

Dolphins We Have Loved

Monday, April 4th, 2016

   Dolphins are perhaps the most loved and respected creatures in the sea. Considered by marine biologists to be highly intelligent, they have a brain-to-body mass ratio second only to humans. They are also very… (read more)

Auckland Heritage – Queen Street’s Oldest Building

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Whilst looking for something else I found this photo.    It was taken in 1922, in Lower Queen St, Auckland. Among other things, it’s a snapshot of technology in transition: jaywalking pedestrians, electric trams, cars,… (read more)


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