January 2017


Our Haven on The Southern Point: The Guyton Food Forest in Riverton

Other than wanting to really see this country from north to south, one of our primary reasons for heading down to Invercargill – even though we were flying out Queenstown – was so that we could visit the home of the Riverton-famous Guyton family and their 25-year-old food forest. We had discovered their permaculture mecca after […]

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The Day the Outdoor Camping Dream Died

We hadn’t necessarily planned to make it all the way to the southernmost city in New Zealand, but Invercargill was calling us (as was the opportunity to stay with the forest garden gurus of NZ which we will tell you all about in the next post). The bus ride was a bit long and we […]

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A Drama Reunion and What’s Done in Dunedin

On January 10th, we packed up and got going from the wonderful Food Farm in Amberley for a ride back into Christchurch to catch our ride down to Dunedin on the Intercity Bus line and meet up with Gillian and her boyfriend fiancé Marty, who would be hosting us for the night at their lovely […]

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Rainbow at The Food Farm in New Zealand

Our Stay at the Food Farm

It was a cold and grey day as we arrived in Amberley on the bus and we hadn’t had anything but a muffin for breakfast so we decided to stop at the local cafe on the recommendation of the public bathroom cleaner who had chatted our ears off about his adventures by motorcycle around the […]

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A New Year in Christchurch

As we exited the TranzAlpine Train that we first boarded in Greymouth, we were struck by the warmth of the Canterbury Plains. Quite literally: there was a heat to the wind that actually felt like summer and it was wonderful. Between the train station on the west end of Christchurch to the the AirBnb that […]

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Trains, Canterbury Plains and Bicycle Wheels

One of the main tourist spots along the West Coast of the South Island is Pancake or Punakaiki Rocks (Maori for pancake?), which were almost exactly half way between Westport and Greymouth. We had camped a kilometre downhill from the geological wonder and headed there after a bit of a slow start, the next morning. […]

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In which we meet the wet west coast

We departed from our Christmas enclave after sending some messages home to friends and family as their Christmas Day dawned. We didn’t have time to cycle and tour all around the Abel Tasman park area, but we knew that it was worth heading up to the beach at Marahou before returning to catch our shuttle […]

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The Tasteless Great Tasman Taste Trail (and what we got up to for Christmas)

The Great Tasman Taste Trail is a cycle route almost completely off the road that travels a distance of 64km from the outskirts of Nelson to Kaiteriteri on the edge of the Abel Tasman National Park. The one downside of a cycle route like this is that it is one way, and you either have […]

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South Island Nostalgia

We arrived in Picton on the ferry – even before we arrived, actually – we were entirely struck with how similar everything felt to home. To look out on Picton was like arriving in Snug Cove on Bowen Island. To look back out on Cook Strait from the comfort of our hotel room was like […]

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Christian on the Train from Masterton to Wellington

The Winds of Wellington

The southernmost point on the North Island. We made it. The full title of this post was going to be The Winds of Wellington, by George R. R. Martin. But the great George R. R. Martin didn’t write a book called The Winds of Wellington, and we’re all cheering for him to finish writing The […]

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