The news from New Zealand has rightly been all about the Christchurch earthquake disaster.

My partner and I were lucky over Christmas to be in New Zealand before the earthquake struck and, as Faye is herself a New Zealander, she knew the right spots to visit. Taupo is a great town in the North Island as we headed for Napier – a town which was itself destroyed by an earthquake in 1931 and was famously rebuilt in art deco style. A gem to visit and you can only hope eventually Christchurch will recover and prosper the way Napier has – but it takes years to do so of course.

Christopher Macgowan