Last month I did a ten day tour of the North Island with all my favourite people... surfing, sailing, and summiting mountains. I didn't keep anything in the way of a diary because I was too busy being a tour guide by day and being merry by night. But I did take one million photos, so this blog … Continue reading North Island road trip
It's the morning after the night before and I'm playing my 'permission to be hungover and do nothing' card to update this much neglected blog. Last night we bid farewell to two wonderful human beings who I'm so, so sad to see leave Auckland. New Zealand is such a transient place so we're used to … Continue reading Carry on camping: 90 Mile Beach
It was Matt's turn to pick a camping destination for our Christmas vacay so, of course, he picked one of New Zealand's top surf towns, Gisborne. We booked five nights at Tatapouri Motor Camp between Christmas and New Years Eve. At just over six hours drive from Auckland, it was the furthest spot we had … Continue reading Carry on camping: Gisborne
When you're a list obsessed, plan-everything-ahead, uber organised earthling, having someone take control of the reigns and devise an adventure in such spectacular detail is a breathe of fresh air. This story begins back in September, when a Facebook message popped up from two friends masterminding an overnight tramp to Cape Brett. These are the type of friends … Continue reading Cape Brett, no sweat
We did it! We finally bought ourselves a tent and booked in our first weekend of camping in New Zealand (only took us a year and 8 months!). After emailing one million campsites to check their dog rules, we finally chose Matauri Bay in the 'winterless North' for its beach front camping and charming surroundings. What mostly … Continue reading Carry on camping: Matauri Bay
Last month, spring arrived in Auckland and all that sweet vitamin D beaming down from the sky inspired me to attempt the 'photo per day' challenge on my La Sardina. Unfortunately, spring showers prevailed and grey days don't get me reaching for the camera, so that project faded out pretty quickly. Instead I decided to use the roll … Continue reading Bathing in the purple rain.
Earlier this month I spent a long weekend in Queenstown, gliding through snowcapped mountains, necking mulled wines and having my mind well and truly blown by the majesty of this Narnia-like paradise. It's actually the second time I've visited Queenstown, the first being a week last summer, and I don't know why its taken me so long to write about it. It's … Continue reading Magical Middle Earth: skiing in Queenstown
Just over three months ago we met a scruffy little puppy from a farm in Taupo. It was love at first sight and as I sit here on my laptop with Lola's head resting on the keyboard, I can't imagine our lives without her. It's taken me way too long to dedicate a blog to her. … Continue reading L-O-L-A, Lola
A little bit of the Cook Islands. A little bit of the Bay of Plenty. Thank you to my humble La Sardina for your continued surprises. I'm pretty sure the roll I used was the Lomo Colour Negative 100 35mm film, but often I just grab a tube of film and wind it up without … Continue reading La Sardina adventures.
I'm sitting in my chilly house, wearing my Icelandic cardigan, with Lola keeping my legs warm whilst the rain hits the window behind me. This couldn't be further removed from my tropical birthday getaway to Rarotonga just last week. For those that don't know, Rarotonga is the most populous of the 15 Cook Islands located in the South … Continue reading Reefs, rainforests and rainbow fish