Tourist Guides

I am currently writing the tourist guides, so please check back soon for the finished result.
This painting of mine denotes an article yet to be started.

I have created human-interest based tourist guides for many areas of the South Island of New Zealand.


General Tourist Information

Travel Times

I've made detailed notes of travel times and distances between Christchurch and Nelson and along the top of the South Island based upon actual journeys. Hopefully these will help you to plan your journeys.

Written on 15th February 2011

Marlborough Sounds

Location: Top of the South Island, on the eastern side.


This is a small and surprisingly vibrant and attractive town. The ferry terminal provides the main centre of activity and creates a steady flow of people through Picton.


Location: Far west end of the Queen Charlotte Sound.


On state highway 6 between Belnheim and Nelson, on the Pelorus Sound.


Location: Between Picton and Kaikoura on state highway 1.

Tasman Bay


Location: At the eastern end of the Tasman Bay.

Best Island

Location: A little known island in the Tasman Bay just off Richmond.

Rabbit Island

Location: West of Nelson, the larger and more well known island.

Tahunanui Beach

Location: Adjacent to the city of Nelson, very well known, and seen by everyone driving along the coast road in the Nelson area.


Location: On the western side of the western entry to the estuary formed by the three islands.

Ruby Bay

Location: The first bay up from Mapua.


Location: On state highway 60, a major town at the top of the Tasman Bay area.


Location: The first Abel Tasman National Park bay above Motueka.

Golden Bay


Location: At the bottom of Golden Bay, and the main town of the area.


Location: Half way up Golden Bay.


Location: 3/4 of the way up Golden Bay.

Pohara Beach

Location: The first bay east of Takaka.

Ligar Bay

Location: The next bay along from Pohara.

Tata Beach

Location: The next bay along from Ligar Bay.


The northern most beach of the Abel Tasman National Park accessible from the Golden Bay side.

Written on 10th February 2011

Wharariki Beach

On the west coast, just below Farewell Spit.

Written on 29th December 2012

North Canterbury


Location: In the middle of the eastern side of the South Island, the main city of the mainland.


Location: Just south of the city of Christchurch, over the hills, in the basin of the Banks Peninsula.

Orana Wildlife Park

Location: 10 minutes drives west of Christchurch, not far from the airport.

Christchurch City



Red Double-Decker Bus Update and 22nd Feb Earthquake

An update to my previous article after a journey on the bus, an enjoyable day, now tinged with sadness after the latest earthquake.

Written on 23rd February 2011

Red Double-Decker Bus

Nostalgia and chocolate in the centre of Christchurch 6 days a week.

Written on 10th February 2011

Hagley Park Rose Garden