Monday, 22 August 2016


In the 1950's and 1960s I spent a  lot of happy time here as kid with my friends from down the street and my cousins who had adjacent family holiday homes up the Lighthouse Road.

Wikipedia Akaroa

I have not been back much since moving to the North Island in 1967 but I got the chance last week and much has changed and much has not. None looks for the worse although now it is popular with cruise ships over summer I somewhat doubt that it still has the really quaint kiwi holiday hideaway feeling it once had over summer. Thankfully it still has it mid-winter on a weekday.

Quite often the weather here can be very different to Christchurch just 1.5 hours away by car and this day was no different - it was foggy across a lot of Christchurch but spectacularly fine at Akaroa.

Akaroa Harbour from the Hilltop

Friday, 19 August 2016

Muriwai in Winter

If you get to Muriwai around an hour of high tide don't miss the blow-holes in the rock, not far from the car park. Must have been a good 40m in the air.

(46 seconds at f22 using ND filters) 

Always popular even on a weekday 

Porters Pass through to Castle Hill - State Highway 73

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Coatsville Market

Coatsville  is a small rural settlement about 30km to the north and slightly west of Auckland characterised by large well developed lifestyle blocks and a focus on things equestrian.

Every first Sunday in the month (except Jan) there is a market at Coatsville (Link).

In size it is similar to the Takapuna Market (Auckland Markets ) although there was not the prevalence of the second-hand goods seen in Takapuna.

Parking however is terrible with only on-street, meaning on the side of the main highway or adjoining rural roads. Great care therefore needs to be taken when walking to and from the event especially if the weather is not good. To their credit they have made good attempts at traffic management but this is a busy rural through road.

The day we visited it was a rare sunny rather cold winters day and it was packed even though these pictures don't show it as such.

I would describe it as very well organised with a high standard of comestibles on display although by and large I would have said more expensive and did not not have the same amount of fruit and vegetables as other markets.

Seafood Paella - very similar to what I'd seen in the Parnell "French" Market. French Market

Apparently his "mums" baking, they did look really good and they would need to be at $5 each.