Rimu Lodge….. West Coast

Haast Highway An update on the Haast Pass Highway 6 slip for the South Island properties sending guests up the West coast.  The road has been open 93% of the last 15 days October 2 to October 17.  This is having devastating consequences for tourism operators both on the coast and in Wanaka. There have…

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Greetings from Glorious Franz Josef Glacier.

Spring WELCOME to Spring in New Zealand. The changeable landscape is changing again and we are inspired by this Haiku composed by Lynne Hopkinson, Mount Hope, Ontario (Canada). Lynne explored NZ in springtime 2012 and has graciously shared her Haiku with her hosts and now with all of you. winter slowly passed  the land of…

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Spring Has Sprung at the top of the South Island

Enjoying our Town Jeanne and I are just back from a leisurely walk down to the waterfront for a coffee, then along the Queen Charlotte Sound foreshore. Picton Winter weather has been very kind to us, with the firewood shed still over half full. The first few days of the Spring season have given us…

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Clearview Lodge, Harvest Season

 Clearview Lodge Autumn Harvest The Grapes Autumn has been a busy time at Clearview Lodge this season. In April, after a marvellous sunny warm summer, we harvested our Pinot Noir. We are currently drinking our 2011 and 2012 Pinot Noirs and for something a little special, our  2010 Pinot Noir Port which has proven very…

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Greetings from Te Anau.

Greetings from Te Anau. We are well through winter and while we have had some severe conditions at times,on the whole we look out at clear blue skies, a calm lake and snow topped mountains. Although these are definitely the quiet months we are heartened by a steady flow of visitors to the town and…

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Dunedin, wildlife capital of NZ

Dunedin has certainly been living up to its reputation of being the wildlife capital of New Zealand with a reasonably large pod of dolphins gracing the inner harbour with its presence. At this time of the year they are most likely sheltering a mother and new-born calve from the dangers of the ocean. If this…

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Spring in Kerikeri

Bed of Roses is experiencing a wonderful spring.  The garden looks lush and already has miniature blue agapanthus flowering as well as the topiaried limes looking prolific and startling with their abundance of beautiful golden yellow fruit.  The forecast for the season is very warm. We are already experiencing temperatures of 18 degrees. Most of the…

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