Hosking House

Hosking House – New Plymouth

Located in the Central Business District, (CBD) of New Plymouth, Hosking House benefits from all this dynamic city has to offer. The famous coastal walkway and black sand beaches, the natural beauty and lively events in Pukekura Park, the Govett-Brewster Museum and soon to open Len Lye Centre, the bustling art, shopping and restaurant scene, are all are within walking distance from the House

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Royal Visit to Stewart Island

Stewart Island has had only two previous Royal visits. Many years ago Prince Phillip briefly visited Mason Bay on the west side of the Island while on a conservation visit, and Prince Edward spent an evenings shore leave while a guest of the Navy doing a circumnavigation of Southern New Zealand, but on the 10th May we hosted Prince Harry

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Stewart Island Kiwi, Orchids & Cruise Ships

Ulva Island Kiwi, Orchids & Cruise Ships. Sails Ashore, Stewart Island Yesterday as part of our guests stay with us at Sails Ashore I took an English couple to Ulva Island. The weather lately has been indifferent to say the least, and I have to say it didn’t look good when we set off. But…

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Kaikoura, Mountains to the Sea

Picture It !! You are driving 2 hours north of Christchurch on State Highway One and just covered the hills of the Hunderlees only to find yourself cruising alongside the most beautiful turquoise/blue coloured ocean standing out from the jagged rock along the shore, the surf a glistening white foam.  Yes !!  This is the…

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Arts & Dunedin

Arts and Dunedin Last week in Dunedin was the busiest time we have experienced since The World Cup. Two international conferences and an ARTS FESTIVAL all happening at the same time. On the menu for the Arts Festival were Interactive Activities & Workshops, Installations & Exhibitions, Performances, Open Building & Tours, Musicians & DJs and…

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The Kai Cart, Stewart Island

The Kai Cart, Stewart Island The Kai Cart is a Stewart Island Icon. Originally the Gore Pie Cart, it shifted to the Island many years ago, and has fed visitors and residents alike ever since. It has hosted Billy Connelly and featured on one of his TV series, and has been a culinary part of the…

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Stewart Island Spring Orchids & Two Fat Ladies

Spring Orchids on Stewart Island As spring progresses I enjoy watching the orchids appear, especially while taking our guests around Ulva Island and the village roads. First to show up for us are the “Spiders”, and the first of these are the “Dancing Spider Orchids” or Nematoceras acuminatum. They are now well out, with most beyond…

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AKAROA CLASSIC & TRADITIONAL BOATS REGATTA – 2014

Regatta !!! Nowhere in New Zealand is much more than 100k from the sea, and it, and the vessels that we work and play on are a central part of this country… and so there are also lots of marine and boating events.   This year’s Akaroa Classic and Traditional Boats Regatta will again be centred…

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