North Head

North Head is actually a volcano, one of many in the Auckland region, known for its sweeping views over Auckland city, harbour, and the Hauraki Gulf. Since 1885 the headland has been primarily used for military defensive purposes, and as a result has a network of tunnels inside the hill. There is evidence that also…

Mt Difficulty

Overlooking the town of Cromwell and Lake Dunstan in the Otago region about an hours drive from Queenstown in Mt Difficulty. The area is best known for it’s wineries & vineyards, one of my favourite takes it’s name from the mountain itself. Mt Difficulty wines, as is the Otago region, is best known for pinto noir….

Vivian Street

Vivian Street is a mostly one way street in Wellington CBD. It forms part of the state highway 1 network. Traditionally Vivian Street had a reputation as a red light district, particularly the western end, hence the vibrant pink of the Dulux colour. In recent times, however, the area has endured a resurgence with popular bars and…

Miramar

Miramar means “sea view” in Spanish. This was the name chosen by European settlers for this part of Wellington in the 1800’s. The area was originally named by the Maori  Te Motu Kairangi, which means “esteemed” or ‘precious island”. In fact it was an island, before European settlers dredged the  bay to connect the island to…

Mt Victoria

Mt Victoria is a prominent hill that overlooks Wellington city, the capital of New Zealand. The peaks offers uninterrupted views over the city and it’s landmarks, including the Beehive (Parliament), Te Papa (National Museum) and The Basin (cricket ground). The hill is known by Moari as Tangi Te Keo, which is derived from legend. In the…

Pelorus Bridge

Pelorus Bridge is a tiny locality in the Marlborough region at the top of the South Island where the Rai River meets Pelorus River. A bridge on state highway 6 crosses the Pelorus River at Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve, which was used as one of the film locations for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug….

Big Bay

Big Bay is a small township on the Awhitu paninsula & Manukau Harbour. It is a summer holiday beach destination with a caravan park, camping site and holiday baches. A short 90 minute drive gets you to this wonderful, and relatively untouched, part of New Zealand, makes this the perfect weekend getaway from the city….

Awhitu

Awhitu is a small town which also gives its name to the Awhitu peninsula, which is south west of Auckland. A short 90 minute drive gets you to this wonderful, and relatively untouched, part of New Zealand. The landscape is dominated by rolling green hills upon which cattle & sheep graze. The main attraction of…

Waipara

There is really only one reason to visit the Waipara region, and that’s wine. The region is famous for Pinot Noir and Riesling – hence the Dulux colour. A couple of my personal favorites are Pegasus Bay and Waipara Hills wines. At just 45 minutes north of Christchurch, on the South Island, it’s also a…

Pukaki

Pukaki is a small town on the southern banks of Lake Pukaki. The main reason to visit the region is for the lake itself and for Mount Cook. Peter Jackson chose this part of the Southern Alps – the main divide stretching north-south the length of New Zealand’s South Island – as the setting for…

Ninety Mile Beach

Ninety Mile Beach is on the western side of the north island and runs from Kaitaia and runs almost to Cape Reigna. The beach is actually just 88 kilometers (55 miles) long, slightly falling short of it’s name. Throughout history beach is also the graveyard of many shipwrecks. The beach and its northern dunes are a…

Hanmer Springs

Interestingly, Hanmer Springs is more often than not miss pronounced by most as “Hamner Springs”. It is a beautiful part of the south island, about 2 hours north of Christchurch. We visited the spa town and stayed with friends who own a holiday bach in the town. Hanmer Springs is famous for hot springs. And they…