Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island, New Zealand

Paterson Inlet, Stewart Island

Paterson Inlet is like a mini fjord. It penetrates Stewart Island providing water access down to some of the walking tracks that cross the island and a great many hunting blocks between the ocean and the inlet


McHardy Lodge-Napier

A warm welcome awaits you at McHardy Lodge, possibly one of the finest historic residences in Napier and now providing elegant accommodation for discerning travellers.

Walnut Garden of Tane Akaroa

Akaroa Walk

Waitangi Day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Onuku Marae in Akaroa was the site of the first signing of the Treaty in the South Island. There is a monument at Stanley Place commemorating the arrival of Captain Stanley who claimed sovereignty for Britain in August 1840. We’d sailed past it, driven with friends to the end of the street in the pouring rain, but had never actually been to the monument.


Wanaka Weddings at Maple Lodge

Wanaka is a fabulous wedding destination at any time of year. Lakes and mountains make for great scenery and fabulous photos to share with friends, family and future generations.

Matua Garden Bees

Matua Gardens Menagerie

What do ten lambs, several hundred bees and eight hens have in common? This is no trick question. This is a story about the birds and bees that live at Matua Gardens Retreat.

Stewart Island Rainbow from Sails Ashore

Stewart Island Kiwi

Kiwi on Ulva Many years ago while the Island Forest Ranger my boss in Invercargill encouraged me to shift Kiwi onto Ulva Island … there were none there. I think about 6 or 8 were moved there

Sails Ashore guest on Ulva Island Tour

Stewart Island Oystercatchers & Orchids

Part of the Sails Ashore “Stewart Island Experience” is a Guided Tour of Ulva Island Open Sanctuary. Your host Peter is also your guide, and the tour draws on my over 45 years of experience on Ulva Island, initially as Ranger in Charge, then as a very regular visitor and latterly as a natural history guide.