Category: Hawkes Bay


Here in New Zealand, the sap has risen – trees everywhere are bursting in to leaf . The short, grey days of July are consigned to memory – until next year. The blue skies and warm winds of spring invite skiving off. One day last week we did just […]

No Sting at Onga Onga

I and several others are partial to a drive in the country and a pub lunch. Last Sunday spring was in the air.  (That didn’t last.  It’s 7C, the wind even sounds cold, and I’m told the snow is low on the surrounding hills – I’m not going […]

Next to Normal in Waipawa

    An hour’s drive south of Napier, past the tiny settlement of Otane, the small town of Waipawa (Misty River, in English) nestles between the hills and the Waipawa river. It’s purportedly one of the oldest inland towns in New Zealand. And it is small, even by […]