Notes from New Zealand

Victorian Heritage in Oamaru

Last month we attended the Oamaru Victorian festival, an annual event when this South Island town celebrates its Victorian heritage making fine use of its wealth of 19th century […]

My kete of memories

A kete is a traditional Maori basket, made from harakeke (New Zealand flax). This is my kete. It’s one of my oldest possessions, as I was given it when […]

I’ve been neglecting my blog, so it’s high time for a short update. 2016 was a busy year, with time taken up in travelling and researching (sometimes both at […]

Okere Falls

The Kaituna River flows out of Lake Rotoiti, on its way to the coast of the Bay of Plenty. It leaves the lake as a rushing stream, and less […]

A Walk in the Forest

Our house is nestled against a small patch of native forest. On a hot day like today, the woods are lovely, light and deep—and deliciously cool. The trees and […]

The Great War Exhibition

While visiting Wellington last month, we went to the very impressive Great War Exhibition at the old Dominion Museum. The exhibition takes the visitor on a chronological journey as […]

Remembering Tangiwai

Tangiwai is a locality to the south of Mount Ruapehu (the North Island’s highest mountain). Tangiwai is ten kilometres west of the town of Waiouru, and the site of […]

Totara Estate

Totara Estate, a short distance south of Oamaru, was in the 19th century a grand property of 15,000 acres. They ran sheep and cattle, and grew large quantities of […]

Victorian Heritage in Oamaru

  Oamaru is a town on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. These days it’s still a vibrant place with much more going on than might be […]