Blog posts from August 2006

  •  Colin Johnson and his stock at Johnson's Grocery, Christchurch, New Zealand.  © Roy Sinclair

    Johnson's Grocery

    By Roy Sinclair
    Wednesday, 30 August 2006

    Some things just don’t change. Stepping inside Johnson’s Grocery in Christchurch is to delightfully step back in time.

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  •  Whangaroa weblog Travel Story

    Whangaroa: Up the Duke's Nose

    By Liz Light
    Sunday, 27 August 2006

    “Phormium tenax, cordyline australis, pseudopanax crassifolius.” My sweetheart, Sam, has taken an interest in native plants in the last couple of years and periodically drops their scientific names into our conversations.

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  •  Queen Charlotte walking track - Marlborough  © Destination Marlborough

    Sounds Amazing

    By Liz Light
    Friday, 25 August 2006

    It’s a silver morning on Marlborough Sounds, sun dancing on water, a nip in the air and dolphins frolic about the boat.

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  •  Oamaru's historic precinct  © Amelia Norman

    Oamaru Radical

    By Helen Frances
    Monday, 21 August 2006

    Oamaru bookbinder, Michael O’Brien must be one of New Zealand’s most consistently retro dressers. When I wander into his shop in the Oamaru Historic Precinct he is wearing what he calls a pre-tartan kilt (no clan’s tartan)

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  •  In the footsteps of Brunner weblog Travel Story

    In the Footprints of Brunner

    By Roy Sinclair
    Sunday, 13 August 2006

    Arnold Valley Road is the route I prefer to follow whenever travelling between Greymouth and Christchurch. A gem, the rural road runs from SH 7 at Stillwater and joins SH 73 at Jacksons.

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  •  Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel  © Tourism Coromandel

    Coromandel Loop

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    It may be mildly obsessional but I’ve always been one to connect the dots, complete things, so it’s naggingly irritating that it’s not possible to drive the full circle around the top of Coromandel Peninsula.

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  •  Kereru - New Zealand's native wood pigeon - at Kapiti Island Nature Reserve, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    Tiritiri Matangi

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    Bellbirds, four of them, feathers fluffed up, sit in a huddle in a wattle tree with winter yellow flowers, and they’re going for it, sounding each other out, shrieking more than singing.

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  •  Auckland city and bridge at twilight - Tourism Auckland  © Tourism Auckland

    Rangitoto

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    On this blue Sunday the sun sits just above the low pointed cone of Rangitoto and, as we steam towards it on the 9.15 ferry, the island is silhouetted black, a round almost-collapsed jelly served up on silver sea.

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  •  Wairere Boulders, Hokianga, Northland, New Zealand.  © Wairere Boulders

    Rock of Ages

    By Liz Light
    Thursday, 10 August 2006

    Some of the massive boulders are fluted, as if a giant has dragged fingers through icing. Some are rippled like the ocean and others have wrinkled rows of razor sharp ridges.

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  • A King Among Joiners

    By Helen Frances
    Tuesday, 8 August 2006

    You would not immediately link hot air balloons with kitchen benches, but Peter King has a passion for both. Peter runs a successful and long-standing joinery business, King’s Fourth Generation Woodworking Company, in Carterton, Wairarapa.

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