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…

Newtown, Wellington: so much to love!

Moving out to Newtown was one of the best decisions I have ever made while living in Wellington. Although it was an easy decision (because that is where my boyfriend was living) there have been very few times that I have regretted it – and all of those times occur when the weather is shite…

Weekend getaway: Martinborough

  Martinborough is Wellington’s little slice of paradise. Located just over the Rimutaka Ranges, it only takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to get there but honestly feels like its worlds away. The climates are dramatically different; Martinborough’s dry heat means it is perfect for growing grapes – vineyards are therefore plentiful. Martinborough makes for…

Review: Provisions of Arrowtown

Provisions sits just on the outskirts from the centre of town and is somewhere that we walk past on an extremely frequent basis. Time after time we used to comment “oh we must go there” but we always ended up forgetting about it when it came time to eat, finding ourselves somewhere on the main…

Review: Yonder

Crisp winter days and chilly nights means that my intake of hot chocolates increases somewhat over the winter season, especially when in Queenstown. Unlike Wellington where the winter wind would probably freeze your core, a still day in Queenstown is an inviting one to want to sit outside. Our time at Yonder sat in this…

Video: Scotland

Scotland is a country not unlike New Zealand. I went to university in Dunedin and there are so many similarities between the two places, from place names, architecture and even culture. The University of Glasgow was in places identical to Otago University (obviously Glasgow was there first, but I was so familiar with Otago already)….

Video: Sunshine in Spain continuing on

This video includes memories of our time in Barcelona and Menorca. It was my second visit to Barcelona and honestly, it was just as fantastic as the first time. Menorca was something special – beach on beach on beach – a perfect way to close my time in Europe.

Video: Summer in Spain

Summer in Spain – yes, I know – what a dream. We had a couple of weeks in Spain during our summer travels. This video includes footage from our time in Malaga, Seville and Granada. My favourite of the three was Seville – there was just something about it that struck a chord with me…

Video: Barca baby!

A city with everything – beach, culture, food, history, shopping… what more could you ever want? In my opinion, not much. I think Barcelona would be one of the coolest places to live. There is just so much going on and so much to see and do, all of the time!