Video: Routeburn

The scenery was just so beautiful it would basically have been criminal not to post a video of some sort! Also, we are trying to get as much practice as we can with our recently acquired Go Pro, especially before we head overseas in a couple of months 🙂 PS. The beautiful black labrador featured…

Top tips for hiking the Routeburn

Being the first proper hike I had done in a while, I was astonished at the little things that I did (or wish I did) that made life SO much easier across those few days. This post is partly for your benefit, but also my own – so that next time I don’t have to…

Hiking the Routeburn

Like many Kiwis, walking each of the nine (soon to be 10) Great Walks of New Zealand is on my bucket list. So far, I have managed to tick off three: the Milford track, the Rakiura track (Stewart Island) and most recently, the Routeburn track. Doing walks like these always reminds me of how fortunate…

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)….