Category Archives: This is New Zealand

State Highway 1

Over 2 years after the Kaikoura earthquake, there’s still a massive amount of work to be done, repairing the coastal rail and road lifeline between the top of the South Island and Christchurch. You’ll see signs like this all the … Continue reading

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Well, well, well…

Good thing they changed it. Otherwise you might have thought they’re all er, bores…… Not this one, for sure… AND. There’s a 4 Star garden, too

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Barking might work better…..

As seen on the Great Taste Trail

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World famous in Nelson

Appleby Farms says that they make “Cow to cone” ice cream. True that. The milk in their ice cream comes from two family owned Nelson farms. It heads straight from the milking shed to their own creamery 15 minutes down … Continue reading

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That time of year…..

It’s not that people aren’t generous for the rest of the year – they are, to a fault: witness the thousands of dollars worth of hay being donated from around the country to farmers affected by the big fire here … Continue reading

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“I visited New Zealand…..

…but it was closed” wrote (I think) J. B. Priestly in the 1960s. He’d be impressed by Whanganui, even these days. The best cafe in town opens 2 days a week, one of the 2 fish restaurants is closed for … Continue reading

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No, I’m *not* a Jafa….

When you’re out in the provinces on the Proverbial Road Trip (Manawatu, FEIlding’s the most beautiful town in NZ, despite having produced some dodgy characters…), folks recognise an out-of-towner in a flash. We’re good in Nelson – only 40,000 people, … Continue reading

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