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Tekapō stargazing

A three-quarter moon rising over Mt John made conditions dubious for viewing Tekapō’s world-renowned night sky.


The magical night sky at Mt John Observatory. © Julian Apse

Chatham Islands: on the outskirts

You can tell a lot about an island from the rubble at its edges.

Hawke's Bay: cycle trail tales

Though a multi-day cycling tour has its perils (bike shorts are highly recommended), what it offers in return is a...

Taking our time: cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail

At 152km long, the Otago Central Rail Trail – New Zealand’s original Great Ride – sounded appealing but I hoped...

Southern Scenic Route: the long and winding road

A faded brown road sign stands just along from Queenstown’s Remarkables ski fields.

Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

The rain had settled in. Mist crept over the brows of hills, brooding and moody.

Steampunk HQ, Ōamaru

‘Steampunk is a quirky genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology’ – according to Steampunk HQ in Ōamaru.

Cheviot: secret spots and sheep sculptures

Cheviot is a blink-and-you-miss-it place with an often mispronounced name.

Hokitika: nuggets of history

The ‘Hokitika Tower’ is one of tallest man-made structures on the West Coast.

Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Centuries ago this alpine pass was traversed by Māori in search of pounamu and moa.


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