Sunset & St Peters Hall

Saturday just gone we took a break from packing and headed to the Kapiti Coast. Local songstress Jess Chambers was performing at St Peters Hall in Paekakariki and I decided we should attend, I’ve been meaning to catch Jess play for a long time but the dates just haven’t worked out to date. We drove […]

East Coast Holiday: Eastenders Backpackers

Up early we took a walk with the backpackers dog Tux to watch the sunrise. We walked down the road and headed uphill through a gate labelled with a sunrise sign, Tux leading the whole time. A farm track took us upwards until we came to a rise where we could see the ocean and […]

Stuff and Nonsense

In no particular order: We might be moving house. The landlord is being redeployed elsewhere in the North Island (he’s a pastor for the ELIM church) and as such the decision has been made to sell the house we currently live in. It may be that the new owners will keep the place as a […]

East Coast Holiday: Driving up the East Cape

We had modest plans for a few walks at a couple of bays on the way north but this never panned out. It was hot from early on and I was having a lazy day so we did no walking tracks. Our first proper stop was at Tolaga Bay where we first watched a battered […]

East Coast Holiday: Gisborne

Photo by Brendon & Keryn Waiting for sunrise at Wainui Beach We had an early start this morning to catch the low tide and a walk out onto a reef to feed some stingrays with Dive Tatapouri. Actually before that, the previous day, we had actually done not a lot due to inclement weather. It […]

East Coast Holiday: Driving to Gisborne

Leaving Lake Waikaremoana we headed back towards state highway 2, the road to Gisborne. We had one stop at the small town of Tuai and took a brief look at the power station. The building was old and statuesque and in stark contrast the turbines inside were brightly colored and much more modern looking. We’d […]

East Coast Holiday: Panekire Bluffs

We didn’t have time to do the full Lake Waikaremoana great walk but I still convinced Keryn that we should do a section of the track. The Panekire Bluff rises high above the southern shoreline and promised great views, if only the weather would play along. It didn’t look good as we drove to the […]

East Coast Holiday: Waikaremoana

Leaving Napier we drove towards Lake Waikaremoana in the Te Urewera National Park. The road degraded as we headed inland, become largely gravel, and the weather came in as we drove along leaving us driving through rain under a grey sky. Still camping we were booked for two nights at the Lake Waikaremoana Motorcamp and […]

East Coast Holiday: Napier

Being in Napier it seemed only natural to visit a winery. We took ourselves to the Church Road winery for a tour and tasting. The first tour of the day only had six people including us so it was a quite intimate tour, though I’m thinking that touring wineries is something we won’t be doing […]

Queen Charlotte Track: Day 4

Portage Bay to Anakiwa This was going to be another tough day; we had over 20km to cover with large hills first thing and a deadline of 3:30pm to catch our water taxi from Anakiwa back to Picton. I was a little concerned we were actually going to make this deadline, as we were walking […]

East Coast Holiday: Cape Kidnappers

We’ve been back in New Zealand for a year now and a couple of weeks back we took our first proper holiday, taking the time to visit some of the country. The plan was to drive up the east coast of the north island from Napier up and around to Whakatane. We planned to camp, […]

It was raining lightly

Another day between shifts and even though the weather was inclement I decided I’d go for a walk. I chose once more to head to Zealandia. On my last visit to Zealandia I had encountered a number of saddleback (tieke) and got some photos, and I was itching to get better shots. Arriving it was […]

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