Author: Tim Brewster

The Great Scone Trail rollcall

The Great Scone Trail Here is our list of The Great Scone Trail favourites for your journey through the south:   Darfield Bakery A modest facade belies a spacious seating area and an industrial-capacity baking operation.  They really do authentic farm tucker in this rural dairy hub. 60 South Terrace, Darfield 7510, New Zealand www.facebook.com +64 3-318 8460  Double Black Cafe, Albert Town OK, so it’s my local. A sample of the pastries, sweet slices and seasonal treats like the chilli smashed avocados and you’ll see why. The chef is a maestro of cake-making. So family friendly its even got...

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Jackson Bay, West Coast

Jackson Bay, West Coast Top activity:  River Safaris Haast to Jackson Bay The Jackson Bay, West Coast area is a gem. If you’re heading south from Fox Glacier and still want a taste of the coast don’t turn left at Haast.  Head down to Jackson Bay instead. The high voltage tourism offerings of Wanaka and Queenstown can wait for another day while you get to see the end of the West Coast road. The Okuru/Jackson Bay area is well off the radar for most travelers, but a remote village with one of the few natural deep-water fishing jetty on the...

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Fox Glacier to Wanaka

Fox Glacier to Wanaka – 262 km Driving: Some narrow winding roads and alpine driving. Please be aware of vehicles stopping to take photos on blind corners. The Good South gem: Jackson Bay. Fox Glacier to Wanaka Start your journey from Fox Glacier to Wanaka with an early morning visit to Lake Matheson for the best chance of a mirror-like lake surface to the reflection of Aoraki Mt Cook and the Southern Alps. The highly regarded lakeside cafe is also a serene choice for the first coffee of the day and breakfast before heading south. Leaving Fox township you cross the river...

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Christchurch to Dunedin

Christchurch  to Dunedin via the Coast – 362 km Driving State Hwy 1: This is a relatively busy stretch of South Island highway.  Please be aware of other tourist traffic and commercial vehicles such as stock trucks and milk tankers especially when approaching intersections, railway crossings and built up areas such as Oamaru and Timaru and the turnoff to the Moeraki boulder viewpoints. Christchurch to Dunedin: The drive from Christchurch to Dunedin is worth breaking into at least a couple of days with a night in Oamaru recommended. Starting south on Hwy 1, the plains of Canterbury change from flat, dairy...

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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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