Wanaka couple on pan-American trip of lifetime

The volcanic region of Antofagasta, north of Argentina.

Wanaka couple Andi and Ellen Delis found the most dangerous things they encountered on a three year motorbike odyssey from Alaska to Argentina were themselves.

Phillip Melchior on Wanaka's mountain rescues

Phillip Melchior's new book, Mountain Rescue, is due out on July 31.

Wanaka journalist and search and rescue volunteer Phil Melchior's book, Mountain Rescues, is on sale from July 31.

Grand designs

Relda McDowall of EScape Glass, Invercargill, with the Heather Paterson Memorial trophy she is finishing off before Saturday's Hokonui Fashion & Design Awards, in Gore.

Viv Tamblyn's mind is on wool. Two of her handmade woollen garments will be on display at the 27th annual Hokonui Fashion Design Awards this weekend.

Bright, but they shrivel so soon

Pouch fungi

The red pouch fungus is a short-lived attraction, Natural World columnist Paul Gay writes.

A Tai Ping error

The Tai Ping

A ship aground, a once-promising eel industry, a rare pen portrait of Quinton McKinnon, the arrival of Brown trout and Southland's first Caledonian Games are recalled in Lloyd Esler's About the South column.

Little Aussie omnivores

A coot.

Noticed more Aussie coots around, have we? Paul Gay helps identify them.

Second life for lifeboat

A lifeboat with a survival instinct

A lifeboat that had a career change, hydroponic pioneerism and the role of climate in the healthiness of southern children feature in Lloyd Esler's About the South column.

Hidden secrets continue to amaze at musuem

Southland Museum and Art Gallery collections manager Tracey Wedge inspects a Maori piupiu, crafted in the nineteenth century from houhere or lacebark.

Many of the treasures housed in the Southland Museum and Art Gallery's collection are not on public display. LAUREN HAYES travelled to the top of the pyramid to see what's hiding behind the scenes.

Fishing fanatics world famous in Wanaka

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A customised Epic fly fishing rod, designed and manufactured and distributed from Wanaka.

The Swift Fly Fishing Company of Wanaka has made a speedy progression from film-making to manufacturing custom-build fly rods. Marjorie Cook reports

A fungus that mirrors ice crystals, why not?

Icicle fungus

Just because they don't need sunlight doesn't mean icicle fungi are as frigid as their form suggests, Natural World columnist Paul Gay reports.

Born (ages ago) to be wild

Jill Warhurst

A group determined to grow old disgracefully draws the attention of About the South columnist Lloyd Esler.

Wanaka host parents follow kids around world

Wanaka couple Kathy and Gary Tweedie.

Wanaka couple Kathy and Gary Tweedie had the best excuse for a late-in-life "big OE'' - "kids'' in five countries.

Retired in Riverton

Les Gibbs stands in front of his solar panels

Les and Janet Gibbs have found the ultimate way to give back to their community.

Nature and nurture, island style

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pic of the day, a calm Halfmoon Bay ferry terminal showing how beautiful the Island is.

On Stewart Island, visitors and locals have stacks to be getting on with. Michael Fallow concludes a series on island life.

A friendly wax-eye pops in

Sugar water is bliss for wax-eyes.

Paul Gay had an unusual visitor in his kitchen.

When the Dong Won went down

The Dong Won in distress

The Dong Won grounding, immodestly sized vegetables, canned bunnies and leaky local biros feature in Lloyd Esler's latest About the South column.

A 'joyous day' for America - Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge will play three shows in New Zealand in January 2016, touring with Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon.

Melissa Etheridge, Huey Lewis and The News and REO Speedwagon headed for NZ this summer.

Tuck me in to Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay at dusk.

A visit to NZ's South Island doesn't have to be an adrenaline-fuelled escape.

A close-knit community

Stewart Islander Melissa Matecki with sons Dylan, two, and Max, four.

Stewart Islanders sometimes have to create their own warm fuzzies. Michael Fallow continues a series on island life.

Caught by a helping hand

The Bastion towers over the plain.

About the South columnist Lloyd Esler writes of hapless escapees, an epic bar and the cause of Invercargill's Great Fire.

How to conserve the Red Admiral

Salute the Red Admiral

Here's how to attract a butterfly beauty, writes Natural World columnist Paul Gay.

Just a little wildness

A sheltered upbringing -- Stewart Island style.

Stewart Island kids grow up with adventure all around. And it shows in them. Michael Fallow reports

Soft-skinned but they bellow

Stalked puffballs

Stalked puffballs are splash-activated spore dispensers, Natural World columnist Paul Gay explains.

Writer offers film festival workshop

Wanaka adventurer, fishing guide, and writer Derek Grzelewski.

Grzelewski talks about writing with zen-like awareness of someone in tune with the secrets of mountains and rivers.

World heritage site looms large

Milford -- part of the mighty Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.

Southland's World Heritage site is the extensive Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.  It covers 2.6 million hectares and includes Mt Aspiring, Westland and Mount Cook National Parks although most of it is Fiordland National Park.  

'The best bit is helping out'

Winton fire chief Stephen Milne.

Southland Times and the NZ Fire Service have teamed up to promote a fire safety awareness campaign.

Bluff's fine pine

Southland's, and possibly the world's, southernmost Norfolk pine is probably outside the Bluff Maritime Museum.  

The admirable miro

Miro berries

The miro is one of our largest native trees. Like the rimu and matai it often towers above the forest canopy with mature specimens reaching a height of 35 metres.

The thrill of the roar

Reporter Jo McKenzie-McLean tries to "roar" in a stag.

Jo McKenzie-McLean goes bush in search of an elusive mighty stag.

Historical society marks 50 years of saving buildings, boats and trees

Founding members of the Queenstown Historical Society Joan and Alan Cooke cut the cake marking 50 years of the organisation.

The Queenstown Historical Society celebrated 50 years of action earlier this month with a trip on the Earnslaw - one of the historical features it has campaigned to save.

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