The Art Deco Buildings of Napier, New Zealand

The Art Deco Buildings of Napier, New Zealand

The town was full of vintage cars and people in 1930s dress, the start of the annual Art Deco Festival. Napier, on New Zealand’s North Island, is the ideal place for such a festival. It is a unique place, a whole city of Art Deco architecture. Rebuilding Napier The...

Books to Read Before You Visit New Zealand

Books to Read Before You Visit New Zealand

This is the first of what will be an occasional series on “Books to Read Before You Visit…” I always like to prepare for a visit to a new country by reading as much as possible. Not just history and guidebooks, but fiction as well: I find that novels and short stories...

Cape Reinga, Not Quite the End of the World

Cape Reinga, Not Quite the End of the World

You could be forgiven for thinking you’ve reached the end of the world by the time you get to Cape Reinga. You’ve taken a long drive through a slightly alien environment and now you’ve arrived at the northern tip of New Zealand. Ahead of you is nothing but an endless...

Waitangi Treaty Grounds: Birthplace of a Nation

Waitangi Treaty Grounds: Birthplace of a Nation

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are New Zealand’s most important historic site. It was here that the Waitangi Treaty was first signed on 6 February 1840. This treaty was the founding document of the New Zealand nation, a collaborative venture between the British and the...

Exploring Russell, Former Capital of New Zealand

Exploring Russell, Former Capital of New Zealand

Why would anyone choose to visit a place known as the “hell hole of the Pacific”? Somewhere that was once full of brothels and unsavoury bars, the scene of numerous violent uprisings? I pondered these questions as we crossed the Bay of Islands on the ferry from...

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