Arriving in Japan

  We flew out of New Zealand at 10pm on 27 December. Coincidentally, Andy’s brother Tom was flying back to Melbourne at the same time, so we got to see him for a bonus few hours at the airport. Being the penny savers we are, we had opted to fly with China Eastern over Air…

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan couldn’t be more different than Gili T. Given that we had just jumped from one island to another, we had expected them to be somewhat similar, so it was exciting to see such a massive change. Gone was the party, the hectic streets and the mass of vendors; Nusa Lembongan was all about…

Nusa Lembongan

One of my favourite things about going to a new place is trying the new food. Nusa Lembongan was no exception; and I had gone prepared with a list of must visits. On arrival we hired scooters and headed straight from our hostel to Sunset Point. We hadn’t intended on staying for dinner but the…

Gili Trawangan

A tourist destination as popular as Gili Trawangan usually means one of two things: lots of incredible food (survival of the fittest and all that) and lots of tourist scams. Unsurprisingly we got both, despite our best efforts to avoid the latter. Fortunately, we stumbled onto some real crackers very early on, so we always…

Devonport, Auckland

Only a short 20 minute ferry ride away from Auckland’s CBD, visiting the seaside village of Devonport can sometimes feel like a whole world away from Auckland. You can catch a ferry from Queen’s Wharf and it costs $12 for a return trip (although you can get a concession if you plan on making the…

The Arbory

The Abory (Flinders Street Railway Station, 1 Flinders Walk) With gorgeous views stretching across the river, The Arbory provides a great hang-out spot at all times of the day. It has a menu that boasts classic dishes with modern twists, and you can eat here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everything is reasonably priced and…

Australian Open

The Australian Open is a tennis tournament like no other. The first grand-slam of the calendar year, most of the players are back at it for yet another gruelling season. The park is located smack bang in the middle of the city, which is fantastically convenient for both spectators and players alike. It is walking…

Arrowtown

Somewhere my family has previously only visited as a day trip from Queenstown or Wanaka, I was really looking forward to spending some extended time in Arrowtown. It plays¬†neighbour to both of these touristy, bustling cities (if you could call Wanaka that), but this historic mining town remains charming, authentic and a spot well worth…

Hawaii

This time a year ago, I had just embarked on a five week trip around the USA (/Mexico/Canada) and Hawaii was my first stop. It also served as a reunion with one of my childhood best friends, so I was pretty excited. Hawaii is one of those dream destinations that felt so exotic growing up….

Bondi to Coogee Walk

¬† On a weekend away that was otherwise designated to eating and drinking, I was extremely excited to walk the Bondi to Coogee trail. Approximately 6 km long and estimated to take about 2 – 3 hours (depending on the length of stops made) we went prepared. Although it probably doesn’t matter which direction you…