Kaikoura Spring with Fyffe Country Lodge

Spring is Busy Busy for Kaikoura and Surrounds…….. So much activity….. The Hop Our region starts off with the Kaikoura Hop usually around the 24th September. This is great for car enthusiasts and the event attract approximately 700 car entries. The town just buzzes. Entries are from all over New Zealand and already I understand…

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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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Winter Sunrises, What’s in a Name, Venison Recipe

Just Winter Things Winter can be a depressing time of year, short days, colder, and often extended grey bleak periods. But we do also get those wonderful clear calm sunny days that make such a difference. And one of the really neat things winter gives us is marvellous sunrises. Well we get great sunrises throughout…

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Visiting New Zealand

Away from the Island In late April our daughter Anne went overseas to attend two conferences, with a trip to Spain in between. Rather than put Eddie …. her Border Terrier ….. into kennels she sent him down to us. Eddie is a well travelled little dog, having visited us with Anne several times before,…

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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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Picton Olympic Homecoming

Greetings from McCormick House in Picton. Our little town is getting ready for the homecoming of our local Olympic rowing hero, Joseph Sullivan. It has been great watching TV for the past couple of weeks, as our local sporting heros excell on the world stage. It does wonders to highlight Picton New Zealand as a…

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Fyffe Country Lodge – Kaikoura

Cabin fever was starting to set in and thankfully we had the Olympic Games to enjoy over the past 2 weeks of downpours. The ground so soggy and small lakes everywhere. Alas… we woke to the pristine snow capped mountain vista of Kaikoura.  It was absolutely idyllic.  We drove our Russian guests to the water…

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Dunedin: A winter treat

We are half way through the winter and here in Dunedin for the last several weeks we have had wonderfully warm and sunny weather during the day just cooling down a bit at nights. Unbelievably national TV admitted a couple times that Dunedin was the warmest spot in the whole of NZ. Unbelievably, because temperatures…

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It’s Like 1987 All Over Again

What a historic day for New Zealand Rugby!  Down here in New Zealand, its been a busy month for most of the HCP member properties.  Cities around the country have been hosting the world and it’s our belief that our owner/operators have succeeded in showing the world just how friendly and professional service in New…

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