Vivid Festival, Sydney

Every June Sydney is filled with light as city landmarks are illuminated in a riot of colour and pattern during the Vivid Festival. The obvious centre point of the festival is Sydney Opera House, iconic and stunning in it’s usual white, even more so when covered in surreal animated projections. The Overseas Passenger Terminal had…

Palm Beach to Narrabeen, Sydney

The plan looked good on paper. Catch the longest bus route in Sydney (the 190) to Palm Beach, walk 35km down to Manly, and catch the ferry back into town. One way to spend a day in June in Sydney, as part of a weekend escape from Auckland. The inspiration was the Bloody Long Walk,…

Glenorchy to Queenstown

An hour apart along a legendary road that hugs the side of Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy and Queenstown may share the same stunning views but otherwise are worlds apart. Glenorchy is a small, quiet and relatively undeveloped settlement of 360 people, ending at the rather wonderful Glenorchy Lagoon. I was a little late to catch the…

Kinloch

Only 20 minutes drive from the start of the Routeburn Track, Kinloch is a blissful spot at the top of Lake Wakatipu. There’s nothing there other the historic (open since 1868) Kinloch Lodge (which has a YHA hostel wing) and a few holiday baches. It was a little chilly in early June, but offered some…

2017 – Best of Auckland Theatre so far…

Half way through the year, and having seen over 40 shows, these are the highlights so far… Amadeus (ASB Waterfront Theatre) The best ATC show in two years (That Bloody Woman excepted). I love the film, so the story was familiar, but everything else was fresh and exciting. The staging wouldn’t have been out of…

Invincible Gold Mine Track

The Invincible Gold Mine Track is a short walk with a great name, combining wonderful views and remains of New Zealand’s gold mining heritage. It starts half way along the Rees Valley Road, half an hour north of Glenorchy, just past a rather deep ford. The signage says 2-3 hours return, but when it’s -2C…