Tonys Lord Nelson

Tonys Lord Nelson (37 Victoria Street West, Auckland) An institution I was told; I was yet to be impressed. My brother’s choice (a steak house, so not surprising), my mum informed me that my family had been coming here for years, and that I had probably been here as a child. The place is very,…

Ubud

Ubud had been described to me as Bali’s food capital, so I was pretty enthused to be going there. We were staying in an Air BnB about a 20 minute walk from town, and without scooters it made getting around sometimes inconvenient. We did our best though; and I managed to eat at some pretty…

Starlake Restaurant

Starlake (18/27 Te Mata Road) The Starlake Restaurant has long been a family favourite. Growing up, it was always a default for weekend take-aways, and as we have gotten older we tend to dine in more frequently when we come home for holidays. I can’t recommend more highly that when you go to Starlake you…

Amisfield Vineyard & Bistro

Amisfield Vineyard & Bistro (10 Lake Hayes Road) All I knew about Amisfield is that Princess Kate and Will had eaten here when they came for their visit to New Zealand. Based on that, my expectations were high – and they were certainly exceeded by the absolutely fantastic experience that we had. It was a…

Sixes and Sevens Deli

Sixes and Sevens Deli (51 Taranaki Street) As a member of the gym across the road I always knew that Sixes and Sevens existed, but it wasn’t until I had their donuts at the Wellington On a Plate pop-up stand that I knew I needed to visit the cafe itself. They were the best donuts I tried,…

Recipe: Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

One of the things I look forward to most about summer being on the way is the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables available. Finally mangoes and coconuts can be commonly found at the markets, without costing an arm and a leg. This deliciously refreshing smoothie is one of my favourite ways to kick-start the…

Hittin’ the slopes

New Zealand is well known for its diverse landscape, beautiful scenery and its ability to satisfy even the most crazed adrenaline junkie. Ohakune checks out on all three counts. A cutesie little village located at the foot of Mt Ruapehu, it provides easy access to both Turoa and Whakapapa ski fields (and in the summer it’s a…