Author: Tim Brewster

South Island Landscape

  New Zealand’s South Island Landscape Tony Brewster The South Island landscape owes its spectacular scenery to the very recent processes that formed it. Next time you’re in one of those big valleys – say at the Mt Cook Hermitage, or the Ohau Lodge, or even just in Queenstown – take a moment to look up to the landscape above. If the valley is U-shaped (and these ones are) then it was carved out by glaciers. The one pictured above, looking up the East branch of the Matukituki River valley in Mt  Aspiring National Park is a classic example....

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The Great Scone Trail

The Great Scone Trail A traveller’s guide to cafes and tearooms of quality in the lower South Island. Who travels to eat bad food? Not people who follow the Great Scone Trail. The traditions of baking and home-cooked meals are a cornerstone of a community – for both visitors and locals. Freshly baked scones and muffins for morning and afternoon tea in the local tearoom or out on the land is a vital part of rural New Zealand history. Allow yourself the luxury of breaking up your journey during the day at one of these rural havens of cakes, pies,...

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Dunedin

Dunedin Don’t Miss: Otago Peninsula high road Tunnel Beach Otago museum butterfly enclosure Sometimes called the Edinburgh of the South, there is plenty to recommend Dunedin as a destination without comparison. Wildlife spotting and photographic opportunities abound on the Peninsula with some excellent tour options such as the harbour cruises. Yellow eyed penguins, sea lions and birdlife including the Royal albatross colony along with historical sites such as Larnach’s castle and Olveston make the Otago Peninsula a popular choice for visitors. Nearby small seaside communities such as Port Chalmers, Aramoana, Warrington and Brighton also have excellent natural outlooks away from the...

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East Coast

Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru and coastal byways. Moeraki, Karitane and Warrington Oamaru, Moeraki, Karitane and Warrington How did Queen Victoria’s reign embed itself into the culture of Oamaru? Pennyfarthings, gaslit streets and steampunk have all collided in this coastal farming centre. Balclutha,...

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