Havelock North for dinner

These days, Havelock tends to punch well above its weight when it comes to delicious dinner options. Not only are there a wide range of cuisines, they are all done so well. The food is tasty, the places are certainly memorable and (for me) they are only two minutes down the road. I have narrowed…

Brunching in the Bay

My favourite two meals of the day are brunch and dinner and this post is split up accordingly. Once upon a time I knew the majority of good cafes in and around the Bay, but these days I go home too infrequently to keep up. I now only visit the places that I know to…

Hawke’s Bay

Every traveller making their way through New Zealand knows better than to miss Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown. But not everyone knows of the wonder that is Hawke’s Bay, and so all too frequently this little gemstone is missed. Renowned for its warm, dry climate, and even better, its glorious wine, Hawke’s Bay is commonly referred to as the fruit bowl of New Zealand….

Biking the Bridge Pa wineries

Something that I definitely didn’t appreciate as I grew up in HB was the serious abundance of wineries in the area. This was probably due to me being underage, but also because I think it is incredibly easy to neglect activities that exist in your own backyard, as they are something that will always be…

Donut sleep on these babies!

God, this girl loves a good donut. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be good for me to love it, but these days I try to refrain a little more from the Krispy Kremes and instead focus almost exclusively on Welly’s creme de la creme. Even that’s difficult, as there are so many spots to…

Recipe: Beetroot, thyme and goat’s cheese tart

Yummy, beetroot tart is so delicious! I made this recipe recently for a fundraising morning tea at my work, where the theme was ‘pink’ in support of breast cancer. I just knew that everyone was going to bring sweet treats so I thought I would make something savoury just to be a little unique. The…

A table for two: date night please!

I love recommending places to people to go and one of my favourite reasons to make a recommendation is for a date. This list has been carefully curated to be the best of a combination of factors: intimacy, ambience, price, and of course, quality of food. If you fancy yourself some Vietnamese, Apache is casually…

Highlights of Petone

Petone is a bit more of a hike to get to, but it offers some pretty cool cafes and restaurants. It is really nice to break that inner city bubble every now and then. Tie in eating in Petone with a trip to the Dowse, Lighthouse Cinema or Butterfly Creek and it is a trip…

Best brunches in southern Welly

Weekend brunching is one of my favourite activities. Especially in Wellington, where there are so many tasty places to visit and re-visit. Below are some of my favourite places on the south coast – perfect for tying in with a trip to the beach or a coastal drive. A Wellington icon, famed for its seafood…

Dinner in the southern ‘burbs

Living out of town means that when it comes to eating out, heading into the city for dinner isn’t always my favourite plan. Thankfully there are more than enough yummy options in the southern suburbs, meaning I never have to go far. Beyond Newtown (read about some of those delicious options here), here are some…