Heritage Otago

Despite, or perhaps because, New Zealand is such a young country it hasn’t been particularly good at preserving it’s heritage, nor judging by the typical number and make up of visitors do Kiwis seem to be particularly keen to visit what there is remaining (at least in comparison with a typical National Trust property in…

Oamaru

One of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand, which natural beauty aside doesn’t set the bar particularly high, Oamaru is home to a quite incredible collection of late nineteenth century buildings, demonstrating how wealthy the town once was. As well as wealth from timber and farming, it has distinctive local limestone which features prominently.…

Moeraki boulders

New Zealand is filled with all sorts of natural wonders, from active volcanos to epic glaciers, so why not sizeable circular rocks on a beach? I’ve visited the Moeraki boulders twice now, but even five years apart, both times in the middle of summer, the weather hasn’t been particularly kind. You’ll get the idea though…

Roys Peak, Wanaka

An understandably popular day walk starting just ten minutes from the centre of Wanaka, Roys Peak is a technically super easy, physically reasonably challenging track up to the 1,578m summit. You don’t need to walk far to get stunning views back toward Wanaka and the lake. But the higher you go the better they get.…

Southern Alps from the air

The best way to see the 3,754m high Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, is to fly past it. Which I’ve done rather a lot of times flying into Queenstown but never as close as on an hour long scenic flight from Franz Josef Glacier.Was very lucky with the weather, this was one of only…

Hokitika and Ross

The setting for Eleanor Catton’s brilliant, Booker Prize winning, The Luminaries, Hokitika is a charming little place, home to impressive heritage buildings (though most are sadly closed due to earthquake risk) and a driftwood strewn beach. An impressive clock tower greets you as you enter the town, and there are plenty more wonderful buildings. If…