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…

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…

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…