One Tree Hill, Auckland NZ

One Tree Hill in Auckland, New Zealand provides some great views of the city and the surrounding bays and countryside. On the summit of the hill is the grave of Sir John Logan Campbell (1817-1912) surmounted by an obelisk (he was a famous NZ politician and businessman). He bequeathed £5000 for the obelisk which serves as…

Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

In 2005 my Dad and I headed over from Australia to the south island of New Zealand to hike the Franz Josef Glacier. The glacier was named by German explorer Julius von Haast in 1865 after the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. Up until 2008 the glacier was still advancing but sadly since then the ice…

Happy New Year!

So this year I didn’t add any new countries to my travels but I still managed to visit 5 countries – Australia, New Zealand, USA, Mexico and Canada. During 2013 I was mostly preoccupied with attempting to get to all 50 states in the USA (I thought 50 countries, why not 50 states too?). As the…

Wings Over Wairarapa 2013: Piston Power to the Jet Age

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
The Kiwi’s really know how to put on an air show. The flying displays are relatively low and close to the crowd line with plenty of passes that show off the lines of all the classic aircraft that take to the sky. Wings Over Wairarapa 2013 at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton,…

The Mossie takes flight in NZ

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
de Havilland Mosquito After a seven year reconstruction and restoration by Avspecs Ltd. in Auckland, New Zealand a de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk.26 fighter-bomber, “The Wooden Wonder” took to the skies once again in 2012 appearing at a number of flying events around Auckland (the first flight was September 27th, 2012). This particular aircraft,…

In the Middle of Middle Earth

When it comes to movie making in New Zealand, Wellington is ground zero. The capital is the home base of Peter Jackson, Weta and many other production houses; and when it comes to the tales from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Wellington truly is smack bang in the middle of it! The Lord of the Rings and…

Kiwi Rock with Dave Dobbyn

Dave Dobbyn is an icon of the New Zealand music scene. His bands over the years included Th’ Dudes (1975-1980) and DD Smash (1980-1986) before he set out on his solo career in 1986. He has had many hits in New Zealand as well as success in Australia (he lived here for a while in the 80’s on the success of his…

Wellington, New Zealand

Kia Ora (Maori for G’day) and welcome to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Although the second largest city after Auckland, it is relatively small (population 393,400), but being surrounded by hills and set on a fantastic harbour, Wellington is a very picturesque place to visit. Officially founded in 1840, Wellington became the capital city in 1865 (replacing Auckland). As…

New Zealand the other land down under (2009)

Between 1999 and 2009 I spent a lot of time working and travelling in New Zealand. A country of  friendly people; and spectacular mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, forests and beaches. 2009 On one such trip I decided to take a weekend trip from Auckland (the largest city in New Zealand) up to the Northland area of the North Island and…