Hauraki Rail Trail

Recently when I was in Kiwiland, I came across the Hauraki Rail Trail. You have to hand it to those Kiwis. While we are still arguing about helmets, they are getting in and putting infrastructure in place to make the most of their beautiful country. The Hauraki Rail Trail is part of the National Cycle Trail... Continue Reading →

Olivers Bakery, Whangamata

It's a 3 minute walk out of town, towards the harbour and well worth it (don't bother with the bakery in town). It regularly wins awards for its French style bread and sandwiches, or sambos as the Kiwis call them. The pies and slices are also good, but it is hard to go past a beef... Continue Reading →

Whangamata, choice, bro

Last week I was in Kiwiland, doing a spot of mountain-climbing and then recovering at the beach. Which beach? Whangamata, of course. Mention Whangamata to any Kiwi and most of them have spent a summer holiday there or know someone with a bach (that's kiwi for beach shack) there. It's a family summer holiday rite... Continue Reading →

Whitebait Capital of the World

I'm travelling through the Land of the Long White Cloud at the moment and chanced upon the charmingly named Mokau. Located on the west coast of the North island,  Mokau is known as the Whitebait Capital of the World. The jade waters produce a prodigious amount of whitebait, which locals  prefer to eat as part... Continue Reading →

Art Deco Walking Tour of Napier

Napier has long been on my travel list. This east coast town on NZ's North Island is an art deco gem, having been rebuilt in 1931 following a devastating earthquake. It was rebuilt in the modern style, which in 1931 was, you guessed it, art deco. Napier is supposed to be one of the world's... Continue Reading →

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