Category Archives: Travel Writing

Ngatoro-i-rangi’s Thermal Wonderland: from Tauhara to Tongariro

Legend has it that Hape-ki-tūārangi and his followers froze to death near Rangipo.  Ngātoro-i-rangi – a powerful tohunga (high priest with the mana to carry the most powerful of deities) wanted claim of Hape-ki-tūārangi’s lands – thus conjured a fierce blizzard … 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 #3: Clutha Gold Trail

Clutha Gold Trail Flat (so the elevation map had a hill on it, but it didn’t register in my legs, so not exactly sure there was one) 63km 1 day Always ambitious, the plan was to cycle the 92 kilometres … 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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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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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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