New Zealand Beauty

Inspiration from NZ Life and Leisure "Our Life". Places to see, the best of exploring our backyard and more.
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two people are walking along the beach by the water's edge with trees in the foreground
A train carriage that sits upon a Waiheke Island hill is the product of childhood dreams
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp
there are many blue and purple shells on the sand
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
there are many boats lined up on the beach and people walking along the water's edge
The classic yacht gracing Auckland’s waters for nearly 90 years
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago.
two people and a child are standing on the shore of a river
An Otago winemaking legend’s latest project takes him back to his roots
The man often referred to as the godfather of Central Otago wine for having the chutzpah to plant grapes in barren Gibbston Valley land when many frowned upon such horticultural foolery, is still chasing the perfect pinot well into his 80s. Words: Claire Finlayson Photos: Rachael McKenna
a woman walking two dogs on a trail
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
several sailboats are sailing in the open water
The classic yacht gracing Auckland’s waters for nearly 90 years
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago.
two people in kayaks paddling on the water next to some houses and trees
A train carriage that sits upon a Waiheke Island hill is the product of childhood dreams
An old railway carriage, named Primrose because of the flower’s association with love, renewal and optimism, has found a new home on a hillside overlooking the sea. Photos: Tessa Chrisp
there is a large body of water in the distance with trees and bushes around it
A designer and her husband approach every property as a challenge to “learn by doing”
He is good at building things; she is clever in the garden. The home and life they’ve built together are outward-focused, expansive and rewarding. Words: Heather Kidd Photos: Tessa Chrisp Mystery awaits upon arriving at the Pahoia home of garden designer Celia Laity and her husband, Hugh. What lies behind the large shed? Or beyond the house, where the first thing to catch the eye is a wooden walkway?
the sun is setting over the water and boats are out on the beach in the distance
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
an aerial view of the ocean and hills with boats in the water at sunset or dawn
Farming pāua and crafting beautiful pearl jewellery in paradise
Antonia and Mike Radon spent many of their early years underwater off California’s coast, harvesting sea urchins and abalone. These days they farm pāua, sheep and cattle, grow pearls, host visitors and sell jewellery to tourists in Whekenui Bay, Marlborough Sounds. Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Rachael McKenna
a grassy hill with a body of water in the distance and green hills to the side
A generations-old family farm on the Banks Peninsula is straight out of a storybook
To reach Lavericks Bay, head towards Akaroa, swing up and over the hill to Le Bons Bay, and then down the steep road that ends at the Chapmans’ picturesque private beach. Harriet’s grandmother would once catch a boat from a now non-existent wharf to attend boarding school in Christchurch. Seven generations of one family have loved Lavericks Bay life, and now visitors can also enjoy the many charms of this secluded sheep farm. Photos: Rachael McKenna
a man standing in the middle of a cave with stalate formations hanging from it's ceiling
Moa bones, caves and velvet worms: Explore the prehistoric treasures at this family’s Waitomo farm
A spirited Waitomo clan have filled their lives with art and adventure, exploring every nook and cranny of their region and sharing some of its best bits with visitors. Words: Jane Warwick Photos: Tessa Chrisp
two people in wetsuits standing on the beach with their surfboards and kayaks
Hawke’s Bay designer David Trubridge finds inspiration from Mother Nature herself
Many artists spend their entire lives searching for inspiration. But for David Trubridge, the natural world has everything he could need. Words: Michael Andrew Photos: Tessa Chrisp It’s hard to imagine where designer David Trubridge would be without the ocean. The Hawke’s Bay-based lighting, furniture, jewelry-maker and author has spent a lifetime rising and falling with its swells, borne by its currents, mesmerized by its immensity.
four men on a sailboat in the ocean
The classic yacht gracing Auckland’s waters for nearly 90 years
Photos: Tessa Chrisp One of the world’s largest one-day regatta fleets sets sail every Auckland Anniversary Day. Among it, in a distinguished flotilla of classic boats, is a yacht that raced its first Anniversary Day regatta 87 years ago.
two metal sculptures sitting on top of a grass covered hillside next to the ocean with boats in the water
Sarah Judkins is back home among the grapevines (and arts) on Waiheke Island
Words: Kate Coughlan Photos: Sonja Read A third-generation Waiheke Islander has her feet firmly planted on the soil. However, her head and heart are often off with the arts — in a supporting role at least.