The Tour de France has it all wrong. You don’t need podiums and women with flowers at the end of a cycle race to inspire you. You need a pub and a pint of beer. That, at least, seems to be the model in Hawke’s Bay, where most bike rides either lead to or go […]

It feels a bit like stepping on to a Great Gatsby-esque movie set when you first wander into downtown Napier. With pastel-coloured concrete buildings direct from the 1930s everywhere you turn in the self-christened Art Deco Capital of the World, it’s about the closest you’ll get to time travel in New Zealand. We’ve arrived after […]

The style known as Art Deco had its heyday between 1920 and 1940. A 7.8 Richter scale earthquake, and ensuing fires, destroyed most of central Napier in 1931. Within two years, the city was rebuilt, predominantly in Art Deco style, with Maori motifs and design elements incorporated. Napier has 140 original Art Deco buildings and […]

Tramping is a great way to experience the New Zealand landscape. Sure you can rip through the Great Walks but, maybe, that can wait until you turn 70. If you are keen to really experience the New Zealand backcountry, to have a trip to remember the rest of your life, you can get off the […]