Wild About NZ airing in NZ now!

The TVNZ series Wild About NZ is on air on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm on TV One and it’s getting a great response!  The Fiordland and Abel Tasman/Nelson Lakes epsiodes have already aired and next week (September 17) is the spectacular Aoraki/Mt Cook episode. followed by the West Coast (Sept. 24), Tongariro/Whanganui (Oct. 1) and […]

January 2013: Writing the NZ National Parks book

We completed production on the TVNZ series ‘Wild About NZ’ just before Christmas with a fantastic last shoot in the Abel Tasman and Nelson Lakes National Parks – two of the Parks I literally grew up in. Now it’s time for post-production and that means editing, scripting, voice overs – and for me, completing work […]

October 2012: Aoraki, the Cloud Piercer

Posted by GusRox on October 13, 2012 Late September in New Zealand’s Southern Alps can be a turbulent time with Equinoxal Westerlies blasting in off the Tasman Sea, but this year we got lucky for our Aoraki/Mt Cook shoot with 2 weeks of largely calm winds and sunny days. Highlights? Too many to mention but […]

September 2012: Back in NZ

I’ve just arrived back home in New Zealand to resume shooting on the WILD ABOUT NZ series. The series is being produced for TVNZ by the award-winning Dunedin-based production company, Natural History NZ, and it’s a 6 part documentary series celebrating the incredible National Parks of New Zealand. It’s been a dream job and we’ve […]

All the Breaks

Surfing Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Published in Sunday Star Times Magazine. We live in a world dominated by ever increasing competition for scarce resources is a given, and out on the water things are no different.  As surfing numbers boom uncrowded waves are increasingly rare and competition for the right to ride them is intense […]

Men at War

Writer turned Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Sebastian Junger – Published in The Listener George Orwell once said “We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm”. In his new book simply titled ‘War’, Sebastian Junger sets out to show us what these ‘rough […]

Motorcycle Masala

Riding Enfields in the Indian Himalaya Published in The Listener On the backseat of the night bus from Delhi, a pair of nervous newlyweds sit beside me.  As the bus lurches through the night to the accompaniment of a noisy symphony of horn and Hindi music the lovebirds tentatively hold hands testing the parameters of […]

The Unbearable Lightness of Skiing

Heliskiing Alaskas Last Frontier Published in The Listener There’s something disquieting yet strangely satisfying about travelling to places where you’re not at the top of the food chain.  It gives a sense of perspective rare in our comfortable cosseted world.  It’s a feeling Alaska provides in spades.  There are grumpy bears that would smite you with one […]

Adventures of a Lifetime

Polar Explorer and English eccentric, Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Published in The New Zealand Way. It’s 4 am and Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham Fiennes (“just call me Ran”) has been walking all night.  As he traverses through the precipitous bluffs of Queenstown’s Hector Mountains with only the dim pool of light from a headlamp for guidance […]

The Herminator

Skiing Superstar Published in The Listener It is one of those sporting moments that, courtesy of a thousand lingering and lurid slow motion replays, is indelibly burned into the mind.  Hermann Maier, the skiing machine they call ‘the Herminator’ is wearing the red and white ski suit and red helmet emblazoned with the eagle of […]