Category Archives: New Zealand Scene

Mustering Courage at Lake Rere

Zebras, when pursued by hungry carnivores, must only outrun one of their mates to remain alive. ┬áThus I was recently disappointed to find that it was I, that had been outrun, whilst in the cross hairs of an angry beast … Continue reading

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Catching a Weather Window in Fiordland

Planning trips around the weather has never been as problematic as it was this Summer, and as the calendar flipped over to January, my son and I found ourselves in one of the dampest places on earth – Fiordland. Our … Continue reading

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Sunset over Glenorchy

McIntosh Loop Track, Whakaari Conservation Area It’s well known that Otago’s history is steeped in gold. What is less well known, is that the area was also mined for scheelite – a shiny metallic ore discovered in the 1880s and … Continue reading

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Pipes and Crags

Twenty minutes. That’s all it takes to reach Wye Creek, from the seething mass of tourists that makes Queenstown equally vibrant as it is overwhelming. I had many times passed the benign little sign on the road verge 20 minutes … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks

Earlier today it was hot, really hot. The wind barely moved on the plot of earth where I worked. I rhythmically drove a spade, pitch fork and pick axe into the ground in the scorching heat, salty water seeping over … Continue reading

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The God of Bad Looks – The Mahoenui Giant Weta

Giant Weta are an endangered species of the Endemic and Iconic New Zealand Weta. This blog is about my exceptionally lucky trip to the Mahoenui Weta Reserve, in the King Country, New Zealand. Continue reading

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