Category Archives: New Zealand

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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Wellington Chocolate Factory Tour - Hot Chocolate

Wellington Chocolate Factory Tour

Decked out with bright yellow chevrons, oversized light bulbs and the angelic faces of Ziggy Stardust, the Eva Street laneway in Wellington is undeniably a visual treat. It’s also home to some of my favourite food-related spots in the city: Six Barrel Soda Co’s tasting shop, Leeds Street Bakery, Pomodoro Pizza and of course, my subject for today, the wonderful Wellington Chocolate Factory

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Paradise Sandbar in Aitutaki Lagoon - Cook Islands 10 Day Itinerary, Things to do in the Cook Islands

The Cook Islands Travel Guide – our 10 day itinerary

Who among us isn’t curious to taste a slice of paradise? I’m not usually a beach person (with this exception) but I’d heard such great things about the Cook Islands that my interest was piqued. And in many ways it lived up to or surpassed my expectations. So following our trip last year, I wanted to pull together a Cook Islands travel guide to share all my research and help others plan a dream Cook Islands getaway!

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Fruits of Rarotonga - Cook Islands 10 Day Itinerary, Things to do in the Cook Islands

Things to do in the Cook Islands – Aitutaki and Rarotonga

My full guide to the Cook Islands is coming soon, but in the meantime I thought I’d share some of the main things we got up to during our trip to the islands of Rarotonga and Aitutaki…

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Kaikoura Coastline - Things to do in New Zealand

Two Years in New Zealand: My Top 10 Experiences

I can’t quite believe it, but I’m writing this blog post on the two year anniversary of us arriving in New Zealand! To mark this milestone, I’ve decided to compile a bit of a visual best of; photos that capture my top 10 New Zealand memories and experiences from the past couple of years. Many of these are destinations that have already featured on the blog, but I’m so behind on my writing that there are several new places I want to shine a spotlight on too. (I promise upcoming posts on all of them!)

I consider New Zealand my adoptive country in many ways, but of course I’m hardly a local. So with that caveat, here are my very favourite New Zealand highlights in no particular order.

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