Wisemans Ferry

We had long been intrigued by Wisemans Ferry Road. In fact ever since we wanted to take it as a back route to the Blue Mountains when we were travelling south from the Newcastle (NSW!) area and wanted to avoid both big roads and Sydney generally, only to encounter a sign that said ‘Wisemans Ferry…

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Bouddi National Park

Had a magical walk in Bouddi today (Central Coast, New South Wales.) Click here for a link to the map of Bouddi National Park and walks. We started at the Little Beach car park at the end of Grahame Drive then headed along the Old Quarry Trail and Bombi Moor Firetrail until we reached the…

Some NZ Reflections

Might add more to this as things occur to me The Maori The Maori population of New Zealand look to have populated NZ from Eastern Polynesia about 1000 years ago, although this is still not definitive as more genetic investigation is required. Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki and later expeditions have shown that Polynesia was accessible from…

Hahei to Tairua to Auckland Airport

Obligatory trip to Hot Water Beach today, exactly as it was seven years ago. Cafe as good (beetroot salad - brain food - need it!) Then onto the beach and the crowds of people huddles together around the hot bit, all digging holes and sitting in them. A hot spring hits the surface just under…

New Plymouth to Coromandel

Another state of emergency avoided! Ex-cyclone Gita causes fresh states of emergency to be declared. We managed to head north out of the way of this. Seemed to affect Taranaki quite badly. Looks as if the Kaikoura main route in is cut-off again. Next day we headed up State Highway 3. Until we got south…

Paraparaumu to and at Mount Taranaki

Next onto the main reason we chose the western route up the North Island: Mount Taranaki. We headed up SH1 and went through several interesting towns, including Foxton which boasts a full-sized working windmill built 2000-2003 with most of the structure and innards brought in from Holland. Also a most interesting Maori craft centre where…

Kaikoura to Picton, Marlborough Sounds

Woke to discover that our Picton booking was not available after all - their website not updated! so we rushed to the iSite (NZ’s excellent booking/information service) to try to get sorted as we had been advised that there was a wine and food festival in Blenheim that had resulted in everywhere being fully booked.…

Mount Cook to Kaikoura

A long drive but we needed to get north and we got to Christchurch quite early so decided to push on. Also the direct road to Kaikoura was open (albeit with lots of hold-ups for road-works), so we calculated that it would not take too long. The drive around Pukaki Lake was beautiful. Mount Cook…