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Near Mangaweka

There’s some great, isolated hill country at the back of Taihape (near Mangaweka and Omapane) in the central North Island of New Zealand. It’s rough, steep and covered in bush and trees.  Deep river canyons pierce the hills.  Some of … Continue reading

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Hawkes Bay

I was back in Hawkes Bay (North Island of NZ about four hours drive north of Wellington) – such a beautiful spot.  The weather is great too.  Us Wellingtonians are so used to grey skies, howling gales and chilly temperatures … Continue reading

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Serenity in the Begonia House

There’s nothing like spending a few hours in Wellington’s Botanic Gardens to lift the mood and bring out a smile.  It’s a peaceful,  colourful place and the Begonia hothouse is a particular favourite spot of mine.  In winter it’s a … Continue reading

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Road trip – Tolaga Bay horse races

To mark the start of a New Year, the locals of the East Cape bring  their horses to a beach near Tolaga Bay to have some fun.  These horses are usually used to round up cattle and slog through the … Continue reading

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Road trip – Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay, north of Gisborne is a lovely spot, known in New Zealand for it’s historic wharf which was built by local farmers needing to get their sheep and cattle to market.  The wharf is now a tourist attraction and … Continue reading

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Road trip – Gisborne area

The beaches of Gisborne are known around their world for their beauty, surf and long stretches of isolated sand. I hung out at Tatapouri and collected these, which show no sand, no sun, no surf but some of the other … Continue reading

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Road trip – Hawkes Bay, Hastings farmers market

Hawkes Bay is a great place to eat and drink.  It’s wine country.  The area is also the fruit bowl for much of New Zealand and the locals are great at turning all that bounty into tasty treats, which they … Continue reading

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