The Banks Track

They say that women forget the pain of labour and so that is why they go back and have more children. I think the same applies about Labour weekend. For the last however many years I can remember, we have been subjecting ourselves to all kinds of adventures and in the process getting blisters, gammy…

An adventure in Niue

Why did the chicken cross the road? Well after a week away in Niue, I should really have the answer to that question. There are chickens crossing all over the place, and dogs, and cars swerving to avoid the potholes in the white crushed coral pavements. Surprisingly we didn’t see a single accident, squashed chicken…

Niue for Cruisers

In 1774 Captain James Cook attempted to land on a tiny volcanic coral atoll in the South Pacific, about 1500 miles North East of New Zealand. The locals however had other ideas, and Captain Cook was attacked with spears and he retreated and sailed off naming the tropical paradise “Savage Island”. Thankfully these days the…

Sailing the Banks

I am very proud to have had another article published in the September 2017 Boating New Zealand magazine. This time I wrote about beautiful Banks Peninsula – our home sailing grounds, and some of the fabulous places that we have in our backyard to explore. You can read the article on the Boating NZ website…

boy panning for gold beside waterfall on West Coast

Get to Granity!

Shhhh….! I am going to let you in to a little secret… I am sure that if you come to New Zealand then of course you will want to visit places like Rotorua, walk the Tongariro Crossing and go bungy jumping in Queenstown. Just like every other tourist does when they visit New Zealand… yawn……

Naked man giving thumbs up signal to woman with a wine glass on the back of a yacht

Sailing Sydney’s Pittwater

The alarm clock’s piercing tone awoke me from a deep sleep at 3am. I felt like my head had only just hit the pillow, but no time to waste – we had an adventure ahead and so I jumped in the shower to wake myself up and awaited the arrival of my friends Vic, James…

Destinations Index

On the ‘Destinations’ tab of my blog, are a variety of posts on some of the cool places we have visited in the last few years. However they are in no particular order and can sometimes be a bit tricky to figure out what is on there. So I thought I would do an index…

Skiing Hokkaido

It was time to fly north for some snow. We left Hiroshima on the shinkansen to Shin Osaka station and then changed to an express train to Kansai airport. Once again we had been unable to reserve seats on the shinkansen and a large group of people were lining up for the non-reserved cabin. Our…

Hiroshima

We jumped on the Shinkansen again to Hiroshima, just a couple of hours from Kyoto. This time we managed to reserve specific seat numbers on the reserved carriages. The countryside quickly whizzed past and we pulled in to the station just after lunch time. We were a bit more prepared this time and had bought…

Kyoto

We reluctantly said “sayonara” to Tokyo and jumped on the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto. Rail Pass &¬†Shinkansen¬† We bought a 7 day JR rail pass, which we had been using on some of the lines around Tokyo and it would also allow us to travel on the trains down to Kyoto and beyond. The…