My Alps 2 Ocean adventure
We recently added Alps 2 Ocean bike trail as a theme partner on Gratia. The trail is about 300 km long and you can start either in Tekapo (easy first day) or from Mt Cook Aoraki (harder first day). It takes in stunning scenery – views of the Southern Alps and Mt Cook, Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau lakes, the flats of the MacKenzie Country, the Waitaki valley and its three man-made hydro lakes, walking tracks, wineries, pastoral farms and some great options for accommodation and food. The trail finishes in Oamaru, arguably the single most interesting town to visit in NZ at present. We did the tour in 5 days but 6 to 8 is more relaxed and provides time to do a few other things and take some side excursions.
Re-discover your city with a Photography Walk-Shop
Recently, and for just two hours, I became a tourist in my own town, [the place in which I was born and have lived for over 50 years]. I ended up in places I’d never been, and saw Auckland in a different light. Actually, there was little natural light, because this adventure took place at night. But the sun’s absence was well compensated for by the abundance of man-made luminescence.
A Kiwi Story of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
You’ve probably heard of Villa Maria before. As a New Zealander, it’s pretty hard not to recognize the brand name and you’ll probably have sampled their world renowned sauvignon blanc at some stage. What you may not be aware of is the amazing story behind Villa Maria. It’s a journey of a kiwi entrepreneur with a passion for wine and with the drive to create an iconic New Zealand success story and leave a legacy that every New Zealander can be proud of.