Church Hill Lodge

Church Hill Lodge – Stewart Island

Church Hill Lodge has three spacious, intimate, stand alone suites with full glass frontages and private decks maximizing views of spectacular Halfmoon Bay where you can relax, unwind and soak up the panoramic views, native bush setting and bird life

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Sails Ulva Island Tours

Ulva Island Spring Romance

A couple of days ago across on Ulva with a couple from Auckland almost the first birds we saw was a Saddleback couple busy home building.

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Fyffe Country Lodge, a year on

A sea of orange jackets is the norm for our region with some 1300 road workers on the road and about the town not to mention the influx of contractors who are working to repair earthquake damaged homes throughout our region.

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Wild Westcoast, A Rock Hounds Paradise

Ancient Sediments from Deep Below   Where in the world is this? Any guesses? Which continent?  Well it is a mixture. You don’t have to be a scientist to go exploring, however, many scientists visit this site and/or monitor its activity from afar.       On a glorious sunny day in early August we…

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McCormick House

Picton News

Season Preparation and Local Attractions Greetings from Carl and Jeanne at Picton, at the top of the South Island. We have been busy preparing McCormick House for the busy Summer season ahead. With warm North Westerly conditions, gardening is a great sunny option. Our local wood pigeons are feasting on local Kowhai trees. Tuis and…

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Hidden Lodge Ski

Hidden Lodge Ski

Hidden Lodge Winter Excitement Winter is one of our favorite seasons at Hidden Lodge, the town is so beautiful at the moment and there is so much happening.   The official Winter Festival went off without a hitch and ski season is in now in full swing.  There has been tonnes of snow dumped, and the…

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Miller House

The Miller House Leaf Blower, Snails and Sculpture

Musings of a Landscape Gardner   All the years I have resisted buying a leaf blower as a gadget I did not need, I do enjoy raking leaves, but this year’s storms and the now substantial size of the oak trees have convinced me to relent.   Of course now there is no holding me,…

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Sails Ashore Winter Garden Chores

Iris’ Garden Iris has a little sign in her garden  >> “To Live off Your Garden you almost need to Live in Your Garden”  and to be fair she is never happier than in amongst her plants. And of course our guests love the fresh from garden produce that appears in snacks and nibbles. Gardens…

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