NZ: home is where the heart is

Initially, three weeks in the motherland had seemed like a lifetime. Being there was a whole other story. Three weeks at home meant approximately one week at each of our homes, with a sneaky trip to Wellington thrown in the mix. Andy’s brother Tom was to be married in Brisbane on October 12, so if…

Review: Aosta

Every time I go to Arrowtown I’m sure there is always somewhere new to try. This time it was Aosta; a trendy, sophisticated Italian restaurant serving food inspired by the region that gives it its name. The similarities that exist between Aosta and Central Otago are highlighted on the menu: similar flora, fauna, seasons and…

Review: Fun Buns

Finally! Somewhere that sells (delicious) bao buns in Hawke’s Bay! I am absolutely spoilt to death living in Wellington where Asian fusion is everywhere and I have been waiting for somewhere similar to pop up at home. Fun Buns goes a decent way towards satisfying this craving however I do think there are some improvements…

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…

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…