Napier

Napier is the main town on the Hawkes Bay, which is located on the East coast of the north island. Large parts of the town were rebuilt after a major earthquake in 1931. With the rebuild taking pace at this time, much of the architecture was completed in the art deco style. So much so that Napier features…

Kaitaia

The Lonely Planet does not have much nice to say about Kaitaia, essentially saying that no one ventures this far north in New Zealand to hang out in Kaitaia, but if you are in need of supplies from a supermarket or an ATM then it’s worth the stop. Unfortunately, this is about all it has…

Opononi

Driving along the shores of the Hokianga harbour, heading south, Opononi, takes you by surprise. It is a small town on the heads of the harbour, opposite the landscape is dominated by the sand dunes opposite. It is really very striking, driving around New Zealand you get very used to rolling green hills. For this reason Opononi is…

Kohukohu

Kohukohu is the quaintest Victorian village on the Hokianga Harbour in Northland. It was one of the earliest European settlements, mainly due to the logging that was done in the kauri forests in the area. Today, however, this small town is easy to drive past, however I would encourage you to stop and take in…

Tokerau Beach

Tokerau Beach is the quintessential New Zealand summer beach getaway. On the Karikari peninsula Tokerau Beach is surrounded by batches that appear to be empty most of the year. There is a small township with some shops, but it is clearly all about the beach here. The day we visited it rained, which provided some great…

Mechanics Bay

Mechanics Bay is the name of a former bay (now filled in) on the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland. It is also the name used to describe the area of the former bay that is now mainly occupied by commercial and port facilities. Along the harbour shore between Britomart and St Stephen’s Point in Parnell were…

Newmarket

Newmarket is an inner city suburb of Auckland, and one of the main shopping hubs of the city. While New Zealand is not one of the famous shopping destinations in the world, just about anything you might be looking for you can find in Newmarket. A couple of my favorite spots in Newmarket are; The Poi Room…

Hurunui

The Hurunui district is approximately an hour north of Christchurch on the south island. Comprising of several towns the crowning glory, and best reason to visit the region, is the alpine thermal spa town – Hanmer Springs. By far the best time to visit Hanmer is in the winter, when the mountains that surround the town…

Kapiti

Kapiti is an island off the west coast just north or Wellington. While relatively small, just 8 kilometers long and 2 wide, it has quite a long (and some times bloody) history. In the 18th & 19th centuries the Maori settled the island, and subsequently the island was fought over by rival Maori tribes. The…

Waikanae

Waikanae is a beach side community about an hour north of Wellington on the Kapati coast. Being a sleepy seaside town Waikanae is a great place for a quiet weekend getaway. Having said that, there is still plenty to see and do, if you have the inclination. Start the day with breakfast at one of the 3…

Herd Street

Herd Street is a short street that connects Oriental Bay to Clyde Quay. I spend a fair amount of time on Herd Street when I am in Wellington for work as I usually stay in the Oriental Bay area. Herd Street offers great views across the harbour and is also where the iconic boat sheds, pictured below,…

Martinborough

Martinborough is a small town in the Wairapa region, approximately an hour drive from Wellington. The town was founded by John Martin, who planned the streets in the centre of town in the shape of the Union Jack flag. Many of the streets are also named after cities around the world that Martin had visited….