After a couple of wrong turns, driving to Marsden Cross and the remains of Rangihoua Pa via a backcountry labyrinth of gravel roads, becomes a karmic test of patience. A muddy track leads down to the beach and the famous cross which stands in a farm paddock on the edge of the sea. In winter, it seems like you are visiting a private beach framed by pohutakawa and a full frontal view of the nearby islands.
Inside the Stone Store Kerikeri
Even in winter the air around Kerikeri smells fruit-laden. People visiting art galleries, coffee shops and farm supply stores still animate the main street. At the Stone Store, I discovered that talking to someone who's every gesture expresses how much she loves her job is a delicacy to be savoured.
Liz Bigwood is the Kerikeri Mission Station’s property manager. Names such as Reverend John Butler and James Kemp; significant dates; and the relationship between the mission and Hongi Hika’s Kororipo Pa, flow effortlessly through our conversation.
Ross Creek Reservoir - Dunedin
Who knew an artificial lake could create a densely forested amphitheatre that would be perfect for a track network? Set in the suburb of Glenleith, Ross Creek Reserve is just four kilometres north of the Octagon, downtown Dunedin. It is part of an uninterrupted length of greenness known as the “Town Belt”, and according to Council records, up to 4,000 walkers use the network each month. Although, this could be attributed to the runners that take on the circular track network like hamsters in a wheel.