Port Waikato: where river meets sea

Those unfamiliar with New Zealand geography are often surprised to find the Waikato River, which they first met at Taupō...

Marlborough: From the vines to the sea

As the probable landing place of the first waka ever to visit New Zealand, Marlborough is the home of the...

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

It’s a frosty morning in the deep South and I’m staying at a central B&B in Dunedin.

Nelson kaimoana: enjoy the catch of the day

Funnily enough, the original European residents of what came to be known as Nelson (after a certain admiral) didn’t want...

Tasman: a taste of everything

Richmond has a large mall, serving the surrounding Waimea Plains, with plenty of cafes, big-box shopping stores and a busy downtown.

Golden Bay: sun, sand, and secession

The people of Golden Bay sometimes joke about officially seceding from the rest of New Zealand and forming their own...

Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

Christchurch is gorgeous. Its urbane, English-inflected rivers and stone buildings style landscape genteelly masks a southern spirit that has seen...

Kaikōura: where crayfish and mountains meet

There is a magical place in New Zealand where the mountains literally meet the sea – as if a fairytale...

Coastal Kaikōura: magnificent marine life

There was a time, not so long ago in the grand scale of things, when the whale-watching industry in New...

Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to...

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