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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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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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View of Vista House and the Columbia River from Chanticleer Point - Things to do in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon, USA

4 awesome things to see in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

We just arrived back from our first ever trip to the Pacific Northwest and it was brilliant. So many places exceeded my expectations. Cutting through the Cascade Mountains, the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in Oregon was high on that list. If you’re planning a trip to this area, here are my must-see recommendations…

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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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