Matiu/Somes Island Lighthouse View

A day trip from Wellington: Matiu/Somes Island

From the Kapiti Coast to the Wairarapa and beyond, the Wellington region is full of wonderful opportunities for day tripping. But my personal favourite is only a stone’s throw from the city – Matiu/Somes Island, in the heart of Wellington Harbour.

I fell in love with this tiny island from my first visit. In exchange for a mere 25 minute ferry ride, you get such an incredible sense of escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Along with beautiful harbour views, native wildlife and some unusual history…

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Vaucluse House, Sydney

Vaucluse House, Sydney

I’ve spoken about my love for Sydney’s heritage before. From the architecture in the Rocks to the haunting photographic archive at the Justice and Police Museum, there are so many ways the past comes alive. Top of my list, though, are historic houses. I had such happy memories from exploring Susanna Place, Governors House and Elizabeth Farm that when I read about the lovely Vaucluse House, I knew I had to venture out into the suburbs to check it out!

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View of Portland and the Cascade Mountains from Pittock Mansion - 3 Days in Portland, Oregon - 3 Day Portland Itinerary - Things to Do in Portland Oregon

3 days in Portland, Oregon – 10 things to see, do and eat

More than anywhere I’ve ever been, Portland is a city where the food, the people and the atmosphere shine brightest.

Even with all the interesting places we visited and sights we saw, it was during the time spent wandering different neighbourhoods, interacting with wonderfully polite and friendly residents and eating too much delicious food (number 4 on my list especially!) that I felt really got to the heart of the place.

If that sounds like your kind of city too, read on for 10+ ideas to spend 3 days in Portland!

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Geiser Grand, Baker City - Weekend itinerary - Baker City, Oregon, USA

2 days in historic Baker City, Oregon

My weekend in Baker City did not have the most auspicious of beginnings.

First, I’d chosen the destination practically at random. My only criterion was proximity to Sumpter Valley Railway, where Ben was attending a steam locomotive event. Second, I’d done no research whatsoever. This bout of what I can only call “travel apathy” is very out of character. What was Baker City like? Was there anything to do in town, especially in October? I hadn’t the faintest idea.

How surprising, then, that this weekend became one of my favourite parts of our Pacific northwest trip! Baker City’s blend of history and charming architecture alongside rugged natural beauty won me over almost immediately.

Here are 4 lovely things I got up to during the course of my visit…

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