An afternoon in Russell, Bay of Islands

I get such a kick out of the fact that Russell was formerly known as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific.’

I’m sure its unsavoury past fully justified the label, but it’s just so incongruous with the quaint, historic port town as it stands today!

I enjoyed my first visit so much that I jumped at the chance to hop on the ferry and head back to Russell when we returned to Northland last December.

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How to visit the spectacular Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After returning from Australia to New Zealand, we were due to head south towards Wellington almost immediately. But there was one thing on my North Island bucket list that I was itching to check off first:

Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Though we had caught glimpses of glowworms previously here in New Zealand, we’d never encountered anything close to the magic of Waitomo. Read on for an account of our cave tour experience…

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Visiting the Great Barrier Reef: in Photos

For my last installment on our trip to Australia I’m going to let the imagery do the talking. It seems a logical choice since our experience at the Great Barrier Reef was primarily a visual one; equipped with wetsuit, snorkel and mask, we spent most of the time silently marvelling at these unfamiliar, underwater landscapes and their delightful inhabitants.

I was and am a complete novice to underwater photography, but I loved the process of trying to capture fleeting moments in this unfamiliar settting. All the while checking a big natural wonder (and another UNESCO world heritage site!) off my bucket list…

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15 things to do in Melbourne – our 5 day itinerary

Full disclosure: though I thought I’d love Melbourne, my takeaway impression was lukewarm at best.

I don’t like to be too quick to judge a city, but I also want to be candid here on the blog when somewhere just doesn’t quite live up to expectations. But while I can’t recommend it unreservedly (and I think 5 days is too long for most people), there are definitely some gems that are well worth seeking out. So here’s our 5 day itinerary, in the hopes that it might help you plan your own trip to Melbourne! My favourites are highlighted with a ★.

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Things to do North East England

10 north-east England destinations you need to know about

I’m trying something a little different today – a throwback post back to the UK! It was only fitting that my first post about my home country should be about my home region, too. So here’s a local’s guide to some of the many charming points of interest in the north east of England. If you’re visiting my little corner of the world, these are the first places I’d send you!

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