Some women customers in a dairy/art gallery told me the weather in Southland wasn't too bad, and I should tell Aucklanders that fact when I returned home. As we were talking, I was studying the paintings on the gallery wall. Many of them were of flax and cabbage trees and other tall trees being thrashed by the wind.
CYCLE TOUR - WHO'S BLUFFING April 1st 2010 Bluff is the bottom of the South Island, right? Well, actually no. Ask the locals and most of them will tell you that the true southernmost tip of the South Island is Slope Point, 70 kilometres east of Invercargill.
How the signpost at Bluff came to be established as the southernmost point isn’t clear to me. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that at Bluff there is a port and a townsh ... read more
Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Bluff The Polynesian Maori reached New Zealand in about A.D. 800. In 1840, their chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. In that same year... ... read more
A LATTE SIPPING, PONSONBY DWELLER GOES ADVENTURING BY BICYCLE
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THE BIG PLAN
I made a solo cycle ride from one end of New Zealand to the other over the southern summer - 2009/10. I kept off the busy highways as much as possible, and even managed a few 4WD tracks in some of the more remote corners of the country. I finished on 9 April 2010 and returned home ... full info