New Zealand

The parade of the Penguins

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In Oamaru on New Zealand’s South Island, David Whitley gets to see the world’s smallest penguins being disgracefully cute.

A Sound decision?

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David Whitley discovers than conservation trumps convenience in New Zealand

The Stewart Island ferry: New Zealand’s greatest stomach test

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Proud of his ability to withhold sea-sickness, David Whitley took on his greatest challenge – the ferry across the Foveaux Strait

One castle, and a lot of controversy

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Just outside Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island, is one man’s dream castle. But that dream turned into a nightmare, as David Whitley finds out

A journey into the dark

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On New Zealand’s South Island, David Whitley joins the hunt for planets in distant solar systems

Down below, the lights from the village of Lake Tekapo shine up towards the heavens. Or, rather more importantly, they don’t. They shine down towards the ground. Special lighting has been installed and covered so that it is focused downwards. In these parts, they want to keep as much human-produced light out of the sky as possible.