Aotea Quay

The golden yellow of Dulux Aotea Quay is most likely the golden yellow colour in the Dulux colour pallet as a nod to the mighty Hurricanes, sometimes referred to as the Canes, the Wellington rugby team that call Westpac Stadium on Aotea Quay home. However Aotea Quay for me is the gateway to the South…

Okarito

Dulux’s most popular white has always been a must see for me when I began this project. A windy 13 kilometre drive from the state highway 6 brings you to a quintessential west coast beach. Okarito is full of old batches that must remind kiwis what summer at the beach used to be like. The…

Haast

It was a grey and wild day when we drove from Fox Glacier to Haast. This makes the Dulux colour all the more appropriate, though I am sure it is not always like this in Haast. The region is named after Julius von Haast, a Prussian-born geologist instrumental in the early geological surveys of New Zealand. Haast also…

Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks)

Punakaike, or Pancake Rocks, are a very popular tourist destination on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South island. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. Together with the ‘pancake’-layering of the limestone, created by immense pressure on alternating hard and soft layers…

Lake Matheson

Just down the road from Fox Glacier is Lake Matheson, which normally affords stunning views of the southern alps and also boasts reflections of the mountain range in the still water. This was not the case on either front the day we visited. There is a walk that takes you around the lake, giving great…

Franz Josef (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere)

Franz Josef is a glacier located on the West Coat of the South Island of New Zealand just a short 20 minute drive from Fox Glacier. These are often referred to as twin glaciers. At 12 kilometers long Franz Josef extends from the Southern Alps to just 300 meters of the coastline. Franz Josef  was named after…

Fox Glacier (Te Moeka o Tuawe)

For me the glaciers of New Zealand are a reminder that climate change is real and affecting our entire planet. This is reinforced by visiting the Glaciers as there is signage which demonstrates how much larger these wonders of the natural world were just a couple of decades ago. Now they are in decline. This…

Split Apple Rock (Tokangawha)

Split Apple Rock (Tokangawhā) is a geological rock formation in the Tasman bay, about an hour and fifteen minutes from Nelson, in the north of the south island. My research informs me that it is of granite, and remarkably looks like an apple which has been cut in half. It is a popular tourist attraction in…

Marine Parade

Marine Parade is one of the main roads in Napier, in the Hawkes Bay region. It is a wonderful black sand beach hence the colour of Dulux’s Marine Parade reflects the black sand of the beach. There are a number of features along Marine Parade, including the National New Zealand Aquarium. The reserve along the foreshore is…

Karekare

Karekare is a beach and coastal community about 35 kilometers from Auckland city on the west coast of the North Island. Karekare is sandwhiched between popular Piha to the north and Whatipu to the south. Karekare is a big black sand beach! I think the beauty of Karekare is the fact that it is not as…

Sandringham

Sandringham is an inner city suburb in Auckland that for me means 2 things. The first being amazing Asian food – particularly Indian. The area has a bustling muti-cultural vibe that has people travelling all over Auckland to sample some. The Lord Kitchener is a great place for a drink and Paradise Indian is a great…

Western Springs (Waiorea)

Western Springs is a suburb about 4 kilometers from Auckland CBD, dominated by a park and lake that is home to thousands of birds. The suburb is also home to Auckland Zoo, Western Springs Speedway and MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology). I have not been to Auckland Zoo or the speedway, though I did…