Mountains of New Zealand

Nigel's Diary

sizzling summer

November 30th, 2010


Summer has come early with the driest and warmest November for years. Weather predictions are telling us it’s going to be perfect beach weather for months . Come and enjoy!

Dancing Dusky Dolphins

November 15th, 2010


After swimming with over 350 dusky dolphins in Kaikoura last week they put on a stunning acrobatic display. A beautiful day for photography as well

Ngatamoti Fair, Nelson

October 30th, 2010


A visit to Ngatamoti Fair is a must if you’re in at the top of the South Island in early spring. The competitive wood chopping is the real crowd drawer. We discovered this year that the choppers wear chain mail socks! and have interesting reading habits

Kahurangi National Park

August 10th, 2010


We had an amazing walk to the top of Mt Arthur (1795 metres) on the weekend.  Mt Arthur is set in Kahurangi National Park ( NZ’s second largest) and occupies a large part of the northwest of the South Island. Winter has the perfect walking conditions and the light and colours are spectacular

Kaikoura Seals

August 9th, 2010


Mid - winter is the perfect time to photograph seal pups. We found these 50 playful seal pups hidden in the bush under a waterfall near Kaikoura.

Rough and Tumble

July 29th, 2010


Rough and Tumble Lodge is one of our favourite wilderness lodges in New Zealand. If you are looking for an Ndutu Lodge style experience in NZ  - this is it. Great hosts, incredible food and the most stunning wilderness location.

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Late Summer Light

May 10th, 2010


May is a stunning month for photography with  clear sunny skies and perfect lighting for so much of the day

4WD Adventure

April 16th, 2010


A lot of fun was had leading a group of Land Rover owners on a tour of the Golden Bay area. A big highlight was  the Devil’s Goldfield track in the Kahurangi National Park

Farmers Paradise

April 14th, 2010


There are certainly not many more stunning places than this to have a sheep farm. We recently visited the Harwood farm south of the Anatori River. Just hope the sheep appreciate the beautiful scenery and exciting trip to market across several tidal rivers!


April 1st, 2010


There is nothing nicer while travelling around NZ than finding a deserted beach for a sun-downer.  On the West Coast you can have miles of empty beach to yourself anytime, just pull over and enjoy!

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