Stewart Island Rainbow

Winter at Sails Ashore on Stewart Island

An Islanders Winter For many of our guests  Island life is a bit like the far side of the moon. After all many come from the large, busy cities, of Europe or North America. And so there is a lot of curiosity about the day to day life of an Islander. And a regular question…

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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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Akaroa Scenic Drives

Guests tell us that driving through New Zealand is an amazing experience, with stunning vistas opening up at every corner Akaroa Scenic drives The Tourist Drive from the Hilltop takes in the spectacular views into the inner harbour and outer bays from the Summit Rd. Just before dropping down Long Bay Rd into Takamatua, the…

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Akaroa Sports Events

Akaroa Sports Events The terrain of Banks Peninsula makes it exciting and challenging for many sports. Every year the runners, swimmers, and cyclists get a chance to prove their fitness and endurance with three much acclaimed races. Various types of watercraft have their chance to show what they are made of too. Takahe to Akaroa…

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Return to Poland, continued

Dogs in Warsaw

As the whole of Dunedin’s City Centre is a no go area for dogs, I was so surprised to learn and see dogs everywhere in Warsaw. You can take them into bars, cafés and restaurants. They walk freely with their owners on the main streets and shopping precincts, they ride free of charge on busses and trams.

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Letters From Poland

Warsaw, Aug-Sept 2014   (read also Ewas first post on her trip home) My mum asked me to look through my old desk and sort some stuff that I had left behind. Taking into account that I left home more that 44 years ago I was not sure what was she talking about. It turned…

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Ewa in Poland

Going Home for a Holiday Hi, I have just come back from a marvelous 3 weeks in Poland spending most of the time with my Mother, Sister and friends. It was a lovely time of the year, late summer, with warm sunny days but not too hot. Over next the few days I will bore…

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