Barney at Larnach Castle
Larnach Castle, during the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival week of course! Barney the Bear donned his Crunchie pants, purple Cadbury chocolate tie and hat, and together we drove out to New Zealand’s only castle.
Chocolate Fishing on the Monarch
Deciding to book a ticket on the Monarch Wildlife Cruise Chocolate Fishing Trip, one of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival events, was not a hard decision to make. I think I have extra salty blood. I grew up in a sailing family and spent six years in the Navel Reserves doing hydrography, so naturally I’m happy to cruise Otago Habour.
Taieri Gorge Railway - Hindon Station
Hundreds of children in Western attire, and their parents, were ready to steam off up the Taieri Gorge to Hindon. It’s a bit of a misnomer to say "steaming" as a pair of engines that pull the golden yellow carriages, sign-written with the Tairie Gorge Railway locos are diesel.
Lookout at Point Elisabeth
Greymouth, on the mouth of the Grey River, was built by the sweat and muscle of miners. From whatever direction that I’ve driven into this town, which is on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the marks of industry can be seen - workshops servicing oversized equipment, railway yards full of coal wagons and quarrying for new roads. Although, don't be fooled Greymouth has sites of exquisite beauty too.
The Gates of Haast
Over 20,000 years ago glaciers bulldozed their way through the Gates of Haast carving its vertical rock faces. Many people drive over the Haast Pass, which connects Otago and the West Coast, though some barely take the time to enjoy the remarkable views or read the road signs.
Looking down Skippers Canyon
If you have the right vehicle and are suitably experienced, another day trip from Queenstown is a drive through Skippers Canyon. Try gold panning, mountain bike yourself into a dusty heap or simply hunt for the perfect photo opportunity.
A rusted sign, off the Coronet Peak access road marks the entrance to the canyon displays a map of the area and