Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost... or is looking for.

Port Chalmers: a cradle made of sea

The clatter and clang of the container terminal, red and green lights forming a path to the sea through the...

Christchurch: a city transforming

I’m often asked by visitors if they should bother to visit Christchurch. I’m always a bit gobsmacked by this.

Invercargill: city of water and light

Think wide streets and wider, clear horizons.

Buller: the river without memories

I thought I was going to drown.

Bay of Islands: bay of many places

If you are looking for a sense of history in New Zealand, it lies here.

Boating: Kiwis on the water

In the beginning, everyone came here by boat.

Kauri Coast: home again

It's hard to imagine what the north must have been like in the days before the timbermen came – unless...

The Far North: the tail of the fish

North of the Bay of Islands, things get a little wilder.

Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

Travelling north or south along State Highway 1, it's easy to pass through Taihape, Mangaweka, Marton or Bulls unthinkingly, missing...

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