Summer Times

Cottage an idyll labour of love

Cottage an idyll labour of love

Winchmore, in the Dunedin suburb of St Leonards, looks like it was built by Otago's English settlers as a reminder of the Elizabethan period. But as Kim Dungey learns, its history is much more recent.

Station life an exacting existence

Station life an exacting existence

Planning is key when you live on a 40,000ha station bordered on one side by a lake, surrounded by snowy peaks, and the only road in is at least an hour's drive. Sarah Harvey experienced isolation and working life at Mt Nicholas Station.

Wardrobe confessions: Accessories are more fun than clothes

Wardrobe confessions: Accessories are more fun than clothes

Department of Conservation community relations manager Marian van der Goes opens up to Ellie Constantine.

Plants in unlikely places: A touch of Scarborough Fair

Plants in unlikely places: A touch of Scarborough Fair

Anna Chinn looks at the surprising areas where plants are found around Dunedin.

Summer '91 - Hogan calls time on autograph hunters

Summer '91 - Hogan calls time on autograph hunters

To A 10-year-old boy basking in the endless shimmering summer of 1991, Martin Crowe wasn't a cricketer - he was a god.

Over the horizon: High and dry with a taste of coast

Over the horizon: High and dry with a taste of coast

As summer weather makes motorcycling trips a more comfortable option, Peter MacKenzie gets a few kilometres under his belt with trips around the South. Today, it's a round road trip to the high, dry Maniototo.

Sports event I wish I'd seen: Boyhood dreams inspired by incomparable Invincibles

Sometimes you just wished your talent matched your boyhood enthusiasm; that you could emulate your sporting heroes just a little.

More cyclists on way

More cyclists on way

The owners of Mt Nicholas Station might not be too keen on having thousands of cyclists riding through their piece of paradise, but if a national cycleway goes ahead they believe they might as well benefit from it.

Mountain Biking: A ride on the dark side

Mountain Biking: A ride on the dark side

On our first Summer Times ride of 2009/10, we'll meander through some pleasant rural country east of Balclutha before going underground to examine the handiwork of Victorian-era workmen.

Boutique hotel made to order

Boutique hotel made to order

Built in an area of Dunedin known as the "Vatican", the stately Brothers Boutique Hotel at 295 Rattray St was once home to the Christian Brothers religious order. Kim Dungey explores its history.

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