walks round and about

Especially for you Deb… 2

…Well since you commented that I hadn’t blogged for a while…(it’s ok for you to say you miss me you know 🙂 ). Beaut day here, spring finally looks like it’s springin’. I know how much you like to hear about our walks and associated eating. Today we walked round the Olympic Park.  T’was lovely. Then we came home and had a good feed of mixed berry vegan soda bread […]


Water bottles

Restorative break… aaahhh… 1

Recently back from a wonderful week at Casa Granadina, being hosted by the fantastic Rosie. Just what we needed and we couldn’t have been better taken care of… Walks, food, evening entertainment (Scrabble mostly), company all totally top notch, and added bonus, wonderful weather for the whole week (though not sure Rosie had complete control of the latter). Day one was a relaxed walk to the lovely village of Guaro […]

A lovely walk along the peninsula 3

Woke to a gorgeous morning and as we’ve been kinda sluggish for the last few days, decided it was time to start walking off all those ice creams, cooked breakfasts, hearty dinners and late night chocolate munching. Fantastic day for it and we set off with good intentions. Our first mistake (OK I’ll own it, *my* first mistake) was to stop off at Global Fusion just to “have a look” […]

Chillin’ in Collingwood

So finally made it to Collingwood after our night in Motueka which is itself a nice town and I got a chance to catch up with the friends I stayed with there on my last trip. Great to see them and the two new additions to the family. Mooched around Mot for a bit yesterday then went over to Marahau and walked a bit of the Abel Tasman track to […]

Wonderful Wanaka via Queenstown, Bob’s Cove Walk and the Crown Range 4

Well needless to say, we didn’t get round to walking that bit of the Kepler Track we promised ourselves a couple of days ago… Simply ran out of time after the amazing Doubtful Sound cruise. Instead went into town for internet, dinner, and more ice cream and promised ourselves faithfully we’d make up for the lack of physical activity the following day. So set off mid morning for the longish […]

Otago Peninsula to Manapouri, and Doubtful Sound 2

All too soon it was time to leave the beautiful Otago Peninsula. Not too upset though as via a long drive we’d be heading to the beautiful Lake Manapouri for a few days and at some point doing a cruise on the awesome Doubtful Sound. En route to Manapouri we stopped off in the town of Gore which itself didn’t seem to have heaps going on but just outside the […]

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas one and all. Another glorious day here perfect for another walk. Back up to Sandymount Reserve, this time to take in Lovers Leap and the Chasm. Piece of piss compared to yesterday’s walk to Sandfly Bay. It was a busy day walking by NZ standards, clearly lots of folk were out doing the traditional walk before Crimbo dinner. A popular walk, and not surprising as it’s bloody beautiful. […]

Lake Tekapo

Arrived at Lake Tekapo last night after a long drive. The stretch after Birdlings Flat down to beyond Ashburton was relatively uninteresting landscape wise. Flat farming land for miles and miles. As we turned inland though things got really interesting. Mountains rising in the distance en route through Geraldine and then Fairlie where we stopped for a quick refuel and re stock. The view approaching Tekapo was absolutely stunning. Snow […]

Tararewa Falls 3

A reasonably long drive to Whakatane from Waihi Beach where the wind and rain had set in big time  so I didn’t manage to get in a walk except to the fush n chups shop. We set off early via a brekky stop in Mount Manganui then it was forward, onward to get some info from the very helpful folk at the Whakatane i site. Equipped with directions we made […]

Rain in the rainforest – a hike to Celery Bay

Good old Gervais had a real treat planned for us today. A trek through the rain forest to Celery Bay. All downhill too (ah, of course that meant all uphill on the way back…). The hike was amazing and followed a trail c180-200 years old, used to bring fish up from the beach. Our hike took in almond trees, green parrots, the very noisy traditional bird of T and T, […]