Author: Tim Brewster

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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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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