• A weekend in Castlepoint

    A weekend in Castlepoint

    Around two weeks ago, six of us took a weekend break in the lovely Castlepoint.  I’d not been before, but I’d seen a huge number of photos.  It was quaint, rustic and above all, there was some astonishing scenery!  Because images speak volumes, lets dive straight in!

  • BMX Time

    BMX Time

    Last weekend we took my nephew to the pump track so he could impress us with his skills.  And did he ever!  After a couple of hours (and a minor over-the-bars for Grampy), he even managed a few jumps.  Check out the concentration on his face!

  • On top of the world – Hawaii Part 5

    On top of the world – Hawaii Part 5

    In my last post, I left us about to start the trek up Haleakalā, the extinct volcano that dominates the eastern side of Maui.  At 10,023 feet, it’s taller than anything in NZ’s North Island, and only a handful in the South Island can boast higher. Tip five: the top…

  • The Road to Hāna – Hawaii Part 4

    The Road to Hāna – Hawaii Part 4

    After a quiet day around Lahaina, we were itching to get out and see more of Maui… well, lucky for us there’s a whole (huge!) eastern lobe of the island, with plenty to see! If you look up the road to Hāna, you’ll see plenty of warning signs.  Yep, it’s…

  • Lahaina Town – Hawaii Part 3

    Lahaina Town – Hawaii Part 3

    Let’s take a look at this little slice of paradise that we stayed in!  Lahaina is a small, sleepy tourist town; most of the businesses are hospitality or tourist activity/souvenir shops.  Generally speaking, there’s no big nightlife in Lahaina, which probably helps the super-relaxed charm of the place.  And (crucially,…

  • Beaches, valleys, sunset#1 – Hawaii Part 2

    Beaches, valleys, sunset#1 – Hawaii Part 2

    We’d been in Maui less than 24 hours, so it was time to explore!  We’d hired a (very) unassuming car, and boy were we determined to venture out. Tip 2: A challenging road in Hawaii is well, easier than an average back road in NZ.  Really. I spent the entire…

  • Two tickets to paradise – Hawaii Part 1

    Two tickets to paradise – Hawaii Part 1

    At the end of January Andy and I packed a suitcase and jetted northward to Hawai’i to visit a very good friend. TIP 1: You will get strange looks when they find out you’re travelling with a crossbow. After a series of arduous flights (including an ominous ‘cancelled’ notice on one… thankfully…