South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato town of Tīrau, a place that peeps out from...

Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way...

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.

Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

It’s not that long ago that Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh.

Invercargill: city of water and light

Think wide streets and wider, clear horizons.

Whangārei: hills and harbours

A long, winding, tidal harbour overshadowed by rugged volcanic cones, Whangārei is a place of many meanings.

Mackenzie: for lovers

The first time I laid eyes on Aoraki Mount Cook I cried like a baby.

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes, wild coastline and...

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