Nature & conservation

Tiritiri Matangi - a springtime delight

With spring's arrival trees and plants are starting to blossom attracting more birdlife. Our weather can also be wet and windy but this is no time for staying indoors. We are...Read more

Mary Somervell

11 September 2015

Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf - a photo essay

Auckland is blessed with a sheltered coastline for water pursuits, easy access to island sanctuaries for native birds and endangered species, a diverse marine environment, and a wide variety of...Read more

Mary Somervell

03 August 2015

Albatrosses delight on Otago Peninsula

Wide-winged albatrosses love to soar in wild and windy conditions. They are a rare sight on land spending most of their time gliding above the ocean currents. Southerly gales are in...Read more

Mary Somervell

04 December 2014

Auckland - our big blue backyard

Auckland is surrounded by sheltered bays and the nearby Hauraki Gulf islands yet many visitors do not venture out on the harbour. No visit to Auckland is complete without spending...Read more

Mary Somervell

27 November 2014

Rotorua's Adventurous Side

While Rotorua might be best known for its thermal attractions and wonderful clear lakes, there is an adventure side to this popular destination too. The traveller looking for activities away from...Read more

Mary Somervell

12 May 2014

Starstruck by Whales and Dolphins

While Taylor Swift is swanning about with her entourage on Waiheke Island we are heading to another part of the Hauraki Gulf in search of whales and dolphins. There are 80...Read more

Mary Somervell

14 March 2014

Return to Rotoroa Island wildlife sanctuary

The photographer is startled to learn he has won an Endless Summer photo competition. The prize is a weekend on Rotoroa Island and I'm going along for the ride. The winning...Read more

Mary Somervell

25 January 2014

Middle Earth at Maungatautari

Nothing had quite prepared us for the slog of climbing up a seemingly never-ending tree root staircase at the start of our tramp across the Mount Maungatautari ecological island.    Few...Read more

Mary Somervell

10 December 2013