The final day of my road trip through beautiful Central Otago was as varied as the landforms I travelled through. (I’m reporting this somewhat post-facto because of the unfortunate necessity of having to earn a living to pay for all this fun stuff. And work has been busy now that we are out of at least some of the Covid-induced restrictions). Took the Crown Range Road from Wanaka. Along the way is the famous Cardrona Hotel. It has been there for nigh on 160 years. Its most colourful publican was a man named Jimmy Patterson who ran it from 1926 […] Read More
Hi, I’m David Morris and I’m not sure whether the road trip dreamer is me or you. Probably both of us. I love planning and exploring the world by road. To me there is no better way of getting the most from an adventure than doing it by car.
If what you want is fluffy, frilly, overblown descriptions of the landscape, the people, the food etc. then maybe I’m not your sort of correspondent.
I’m more into the practical lessons I and others have learned the hard way – by seeing it and doing it – so that you can see more, do more, enjoy more and pay less than otherwise.
First item on today’s agenda is some flight-seeing around the region, but given that I was going to be in a light aircraft I might as well log some instruction time. I have flown a Cessna 172 before, but not in a while so my instructor from Learn To Fly NZ, kept a watchful eye. […] Read More
Day three of my Central Otago road trip did not start well. Raining. Not exactly ideal for the first planned activity of the day, tandem paragliding. Although the sun broke through, the winds on nearby Coronet Peak were too strong. Another day perhaps. Instead it was off to Wanaka, a summer and winter resort town […] Read More
For much of the second day of my road trip exploring Central Otago in New Zealand, I’ll travel alongside the famous Central Otago Rail Trail and fossick around the villages along this part of its journey. First call was in Naseby, a town which did not rejoice at the coming of the railway early last […] Read More
What with lockdowns and travel restrictions road trips have been a bit thin on the ground over the past two years, but, hey!, I’m now off exploring one of the most dramatic parts of New Zealand . . . Central Otago. Dramatic, sure. At times even brutal but beautiful too. And sometimes all three put […] Read More
Nicola de la Haye . . . now there’s a woman you have probably never heard of. Yet she is a reason you are reading this in English, not French. It all started with Magna Carta, the great charter that limited the power of the king. In 1215, King John, one of England’s least capable […] Read More
I often get asked “What is the best time of the year to Visit Britain?” Well, right now is a great time to plan a visit to the UK. The Covid pandemic has meant that visitor numbers are way lower than usual and that means the big attractions are not crowded-out with “bloody tourists”. But […] Read More
Like this ancient ruin. They have the world convinced that if you hang upside down out a hole in the parapet and kiss a stone you will get the gift of the gab. You are more likely to get Covid-19 these days. Or am I just being a grumpy old curmudgeon. Probably. But you have […] Read More
A monk sits in his cell at Hook Lighthouse, County Wexford, Ireland. It’s the second oldest still-operating lighthouse in the world and you can get a guided tour, climbing the 115 steps to the top. It marks the entrance to Waterford Harbour and has done so for nearly 900 years. In the 13th century the […] Read More
You would be reading this in French if a battle here had gone the other way. This is Oldham House, Interpretation Centre for the Battle of the Boyne in Ireland. The battle itself was fought close by. Why is the clash at Boyne so important? It was a scrap for the very soul of Ireland […] Read More