Mike and Chris discuss the Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Geopark. The Waitaki District could soon be showered with stardust, with its pending designation as a Global Geopark by UNESCO. As Australasia’s first Geopark, it threads together the spell-binding natural landforms, abundant fossil finds and rich cultural history of the Waitaki Valley, which was under sea when Zealandia drifted away from Gondwana. We talk about the main sights and spectacles.
Enjoy a rich visit to Oamaru, where the inter-linking strands that weave the Waitaki geopark story together, become very self-evident. Bridging the past with the present, marvel over the glittering collection of neo-classical limestone buildings that anchor the town’s Victorian Precinct. Ancient penguin bones keep being found in the limestone, powerfully connecting with Oamaru’s magnificent colony of little blue penguins, on the foreshore. Mike and Chris discuss.
Canada maybe off-limits for now, but let’s indulge in some armchair bucket-list travel to British Colombia. Running from Vancouver to Whistler, Mike loves the Sea to Sky Highway, particularly since it was upgraded for the Winter Olympics. We highlight the key stops and experiences.
Capital Calling. Wellington brims with options for a great weekend getaway. It’s the condensed, high-density, cheek-by-jowl nature of Wellington’s compact layout that underpins the city’s alluring vitality. Mike and Chris roll-out some must-dos, from dining in the Beehive, staking the city’s best gin, eBike touring around the city and ogling Kiwis on the loose at Zealandia.