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….

Te Mata Peak

This is the 100th entry on my Colours of New Zealand blog, and Te Mata Peak really deserves this status. Te Mata is just south of Hastings in the Hawke’s Bay and rises up to 399 meters. The peak itself is very popular with tourists, and the slopes are with hikers and mountain bikers. The suburb of…

Whakapapa

Whakapapa is a ski resort in the Tongariro national park. The Whakapapa village also serves as the main information centre for the ski fields. It is popular from June – October for skiing, and at all other times of the year for tramping (treking). Whakapapa is, however, primarily, the fundamental principle that permeates all Maori culture. It is…

Ohakune

Ohakune is a service town on the Southern end of the Tongariro National park, on the central plateau of the North Island. It is used as a base for people who are drawn to the region for the skiing in winter and the camping & tramping (treking). There are many treks throughout the park, for…

Te Kuiti

The sign welcoming you to Te Kuiti says “birthplace of champions”, and they are not exaggerating! This small town is called home by many prominent kiwis. Some of the most notable include the former Prime Minister Jim Bolger, All Black Kevin Boroevich (amongst a couple of other All Black who now call the town home), World…

Wellsford

Wellsford is a town north of Auckland, it is the north most settlement in the Auckland region. Wellsford has a relatively small population, it is however about halfway between Auckland and Whangarei. There is really not much else to say about Wellsford as wherever you are headed, you really don’t need to stop here. Having said that, Dulux…