On the road (again)

The Kiwis take a unique approach to the automobile and roads in general. As the corrugation nation is also a driving nation, let’s let’s break down what’s going on. Whereas most countries try to find direct routes for long distances and are less fussed over short distances, grid-planned cities and winding expressways linking them show…

The iwi and the pākehā

From the lookout nest on Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour, Gisborne is the place where “Young Nicholas” first discovered New Zealand. In the same way in which an American friend of mine believes that pizza was invented in Chicago (complete can of worms to discuss that here, though). No. In reality Gisborne is the first…

The Corrugation Nation

New Zealand, it is widely known, has more sheep that people. They export them for meat and even make clothes from their wool! One enterprising farmer has decided to breed them pre-microwaved. Good look to them there. Yep. We’re going to engage with a lazy stereotype- but not quite in the way in which you’d…

Farm Zebra

Hawkes Bay is the bread basket of New Zealand, if indeed that bread is made of fruit and vegetables. It’s also where you might be able to get some of your wine, unless of course it comes from a different region in New Zealand- so we’re all clear there. It’s true that Hawkes Bayers take…

Aotearoa

Kia ora koutou, Devastatingly humbled that you’re on board again for Crashing A Bike in Aotearoa/New Zealand. A city with plentiful fresh farm produce served in an Art Deco style, Napier on the North Island’s Eastern coast makes a base for travel-based tomfoolery. It’s important to remember that some of the most well-known wineries in…