Hobbiton, the visitor gem of Middle Earth aka …

Hobbiton, the visitor gem of Middle Earth aka New Zealand

Visiting Hobbiton just outside of Matamata a small town in New Zealand is an absolute must do on any tourist trip. Just make sure to book in advance.   The Lord of the Ring movies have a lot to answer for. Sure, it’s brought the stunning New Zealand scenery to the world, spawned remote farmyard bonfires where Hollywood A-Listers gather to toast hotdogs (true story that, I’m still waiting for my invite) and brought millions… View Post

Lemon and Paeroa; the story of a famous …

Lemon and Paeroa; the story of a famous New Zealand soft drink (well, world famous in NZ)

L&P embodies one of the things I love the most about New Zealand. On one level it’s a tasty bubbly “Lemon-ish” soft drink that we love to drink on most any refreshment occasion (well, apart from those hard work days where nothing will do but a nice glass of wine).  *warning* This isn’t your average travel post. There aren’t a plethora of perfect vistas, beautifully expressed emotions or hot dog legs at the beach (though… View Post

Auckland, New Zealand – a rather Kiwi Christmas holiday

Auckland, New Zealand – a rather Kiwi Christmas holiday

My Christmas trip home to New Zealand was a rather last minute amazing fortnight that I spent with family and friends. Over the two weeks I traipsed across most of the North Island, and was lucky enough to enjoy 25°C temperatures and sunny blues skies (except for New Years Eve which transpired against a planned bonfire – but hey, it meant that we toasted 2015 in snug and warm inside).   Most tourist guides /… View Post

Topsy turvey Christmas – Kiwi Stylin’

Topsy turvey Christmas – Kiwi Stylin’

Many people are fascinated by a Kiwi Summer Christmas. We combine an unusual variety of items; fruited Christmas cake, stockings, snowy scenes on Christmas cards, days spent on the beach in the roaring sunshine, prawn cocktail starters and roast beef mains…. So, whilst we’re rosy cheeked, wrapped up in woollen scarves, waiting for the snow and sipping mulled wine, I asked my baby Sister, who still lives in New Zealand to share her favourite place,… View Post

New Zealand – #travelthursdays

New Zealand – #travelthursdays

I’m a bad Kiwi. I realised today that after more than a year of tweeting, and a few expat blog posts here and there, I’ve never really shown you anything of my homeland. Aoteoroa, Land of the Long White Cloud, God’s Own. May I present a photo-essay of the North Island on New Zealand. It’s pretty gorgeous if I do say so myself (sorry about some of the photo quality). View of White Island from… View Post