A journalist based in Masterton, Dixon trekked to Orongorongo Valley to discover the delights of a hand-built hut (p.106), and Kāpiti for a family retreat (p.82).
You’ve recently escaped Auckland for the Wairarapa. What’s the best thing about it? Not being in Auckland! Yeah, nah. The peace, the quiet, the beauty of the region and its delicious wine and food.
What are your plans for summer? I’ll be exploring my new home region. We’ve yet to see Cape Palliser, but I’m most keen to climb Mt Holdsworth: it has 360-degree views of the Wellington-Wairarapa region.
You visited a hut in the bush built by students in the 60s – what struck you most about the place? ‘Taihoa’ is like something out of a Barry Crump story. For me, it represents a New Zealand which fewer and fewer of its people now experience – or seem to want to experience – which is a shame.
You also visited a beach house at Peka Peka this issue – is there anything that ties them together? A sense of place, and a sense that they are at one with their environment. Beyond that, they’re places to relax and shut out the white noise of modern life.