Category Archives: Southland

West Coast Chaos

Wild wet valleys of the West Coast firth. Tangled fronds dapple, lichen captivate. Life’s tired arteries of green-grey earth. Forgotten a while from Jurassic birth. Bent tourist elbows, erect to self-pixilate. Wild wet valleys of the West Coast firth. Mountain … Continue reading

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Going Loopy #4: Roxburgh Trail

Roxburgh River Trail Hard(er) 21km (plus 10k via water taxi) 1 day Unlike the previous 7-days cycling, the Roxburgh River Trial will get your aorta pumping blood as you traverse, via switch-backs, many short sharp climbs around the rocky outcrops … Continue reading

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Going Loopy Part#2: Taieri Gorge to Dunedin

Middlemarch’s little cafe Kissing Gate best sums the place up. It’s where you kiss people away (or back) from the trail, then get the hell out.  It’s a shame really.  This is the second time I’ve cycled into Middlemarch after completing the … Continue reading

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Going Loopy Part#1: Otago Rail Trail

Compared to previous cycling ventures, this one was going to be fairly tame – riding distances only between 40 and 60 kilometres per day, gravel but flat and well travelled.  The only unknown quantity was my 13 year old adolescent … Continue reading

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Mustering courage at Lake Rere

Zebras, when pursued by hungry carnivores, must only outrun one of their mates to remain alive.  Thus 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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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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