Category Archives: Travel

Waiting for Whitebait – Jacobs River, South Westland

We load up the whitebait gear and travel to site Almost time to wait for whitebait The stands are lowered and secured in place Almost time to wait for whitebait The stand is ready and nets are set we sit and … Continue reading

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Striking Gold in Ross

Ross is a historic gold town just south of Hokitika on the Glacier Highway. Gold was first found in the area in the 1860s and thus the town of Ross was established. With a population of around 300 people it … Continue reading

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Rarotonga – From one Island Paradise to Another

There is a recurring theme from many of our guests at Breakers Boutique Accommodation when I ask them how long is their holiday – three weeks, four weeks, even six weeks in NZ but finishing with a few days on a Pacific Island, … Continue reading

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10 Mile Valley – Valley of Mines Becomes Valley of Waterfalls

Drip, drip, drip, plop, plop, plop gurgle, gurgle, gurgle, swoosh, swoosh, swoosh That’s the sound of the rain slowly turning the 10 mile valley from the Valley of Mines into the Valley of Waterfalls. Many people curse the rain but … Continue reading

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The Road Less Traveled – Taking a Drive through Untamed Natural Wilderness

It is so easy to get caught up with following the mainstream – be it in everyday life and including a road well-traveled.  Sometimes we like to get in the car and just go for a drive – nowhere in … Continue reading

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The Winter Blues at Punakaiki’s Pancake Rocks

When we think of the winter blues we think down in the dumps, the moody blues but for the West Coast when we say the winter blues we mean blue skies and blue seas and some of the most fantastic … Continue reading

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Runanga Workingman’s Club – History in the Heartland

Workingmen’s Club are a type of private social club first established in industrial areas of the UK in the early 19th century providing recreation and education for working class men and women.  In NZ they are an integral part of … Continue reading

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