Travel

St. Martin: Before and After Hurricane Irma

19 September 2017
“Look at the lobby… Look, look…” she said. I couldn’t help but look, stunned, as breaking waves surged into a building where a horrified woman filmed Hurricane Irma’s category five fury from the first floor. The railings along the walkways of each floor were littered with…


Waiheke Walking Festival, 2014

November 11, 2014
Waiheke Island (just 35 minutes by ferry from Auckland) is holding its fifth annual Walking Festival beginning Saturday, November 15 through to Sunday, November 23. There are walks for all ages and stages of fitness. Many new and varied walks have been added this year, some crossing private land not normally accessible…


Twilight RamblesTwilight Rambles, 2014

January 07, 2014
Enjoy a Twilight Ramble on Waiheke Island each Tuesday during January, beginning at 6 p.m. and ending around  8 p.m. The Rambles are run by Forest and Bird and open to all, with a free sausage sizzle at the end of each walk. This post features beautiful images of scenery along these walks.


Gordon Ramsay at Te Whau. Photo Tony ForsythRamsay Flies into “Paradise” for a First Class Meal

May 06, 2013
When Gordon Ramsay recently surprised staff at Te Whau Vineyard Restaurant on Waiheke Island with a request for a late lunch for his party of five, everyone went into a panic. Restaurant owner Tony Forsyth didn’t believe his wife, Moira, when she interrupted…


Winner of Headland SculpturesHeadland Sculptures for 2013

February 16, 3013
View a selection of sculptures from the 2013 Waiheke Headland Sculpture Walk, including details about the winning entries. Pictured here is winner of the Lexus Premier Award, Pavilion Structure, byGregor Kregar. It is made from recycled timber in a very creative bird’s nest-like fashion. I could visualise walking with children to…


Sculpture on the HeadlandWaiheke Headland Sculpture Walk

January 24, 2013
The 2013 Headland Sculpture Walk celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. “A home grown art scene beckons” was the sub-heading alongside Waiheke’s rating at 35 in the “New York Times” article “The 46 Places to Go in 2013.” The sculptures will be exhibited along 2.5 kilometres of walkway with views along Waiheke’s coastline…


View from my cottage with Shingle Peak in the distance, rightLiving on Molesworth Station

August 09, 2011
Molesworth Station in New Zealand’s South Island was carved by ancient glaciers into broad u-shaped valleys, conical and round-topped hills, moraines and corries. It is an ongoing visual feast spreading west from the knife-edged ridges of the Inland Kaikoura Ranges.