Wellington, also known as Windy Wellington, is the capital of New Zealand and second largest to Auckland. A vibrant and walkable city, it’s known for its great café culture, craft beer and arts. Beyond the city you will find beautiful forests, sandy coastlines and boutique vineyards to enjoy.
EXPLORING PATUNA CHASM
This particular Sunday morning started even earlier than on a work day. Our alarm sounds at 6:15 and by 6:50am we are out the door. The day hasn’t woken yet, it’s still quite dark and the birds are only just starting their dawn chorus. Continue reading here.
EXPLORING PUTANGIRUA PINNACLES SCENIC RESERVE
I don’t know about you, but I have quite a long bucket list of places I want to visit and experiences I want to have in New Zealand and abroad. Some, like a weekend at Lakestone lodge, come with a rather large price ticket attached. Continue reading here.
ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY
When our 4th round of IVF ended in November 2018, I knew it was time to close the door on the dream of having children and time to start re-dreaming a new future. Continue reading here.
STAYCATION PART 2
In Italy, I shamelessly ate chocolate filled pastries for breakfast every single day for 3 weeks. As we check out of the hotel, I notice a lot of people across the road and remember that there is a weekly Sunday market here. We haven’t had breakfast, Continue reading here.
STAYCATION PART 1
As I head out down the driveway I get a few grumpy barks from Frankie. She is not impressed that she is being left behind and is making sure I know it. (I really must find a holiday I can take them on!) Continue reading here.
I don’t think I have ever properly introduced you to my two best friends. They are the best kind of bestie’s you can have. The small, fluffy kind that are full of love and always happy to see you. Continue reading here.
WELLINGTON CHOCOLATE FACTORY
I have always had a sweet tooth. I’ve been told I didn’t try my first chocolate until I was at least 2 years old, but it did nothing to prevent me from being a chocolate lover. Continue reading here.
My day starts with my morning yoga. Afterwards, I lie on the floor for a while, looking out the huge windows, up at the sky. I did some cloud watching last year in lockdown and remembered thinking then that I couldn’t remember the last time I had done that. Continue reading here.
MARTINBOROUGH – GIRLS WEEKEND
The sun is shining. Music is playing. Car chats are happening. Girls weekend has begun. I was meant to be writing about the Martinborough Fair. I booked the accommodation for this specific weekend so we could attend. I made the booking in April 2020 during our first lockdown. Continue reading here.
EXPLORING MATIU/SOMES ISLAND
Ok, confession time. I have lived in Wellington for all 37 (nearly 38) years of my life and never once have I been to Matiu/Somes Island.
Today that changes. Continue reading here.
Would you drive an hour for some cheese? I did. Let me share the story. Back in September, Daniel and I stayed a night at the luxurious Wharekauhau Estate in Cape Palliser. One of the many delicious meals we Continue reading hear.
A CULINARY JOURNEY AT HAIKAI
Growing up, I was never really that into food. I would eat because it was meal time or because I was hungry. Then I met Daniel. Continue reading here.
A DAY ON KAPITI ISLAND
Its a sight I have seen too many times to count. The long stretch of land off the coast of Kapiti. Continue reading here.
TICKING OFF THE BUCKET LIST – PART 2
We are dropped back off at the lodge and spend some time sitting out on Continue reading here.
TICKING OFF THE BUCKET LIST – PART 1
For the longest time, we are talking around 10 years, I have Continue reading here.
CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN THE SPRING TIME
My small home orchard has spent the last few months sleeping, but now it is Continue reading here.
CYCLING THE MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARDS – PART 2.
We wake in the morning to the sound of very strong gusty winds. Continue reading here.
CYCLING THE MARTINBOROUGH VINEYARDS – PART 1.
I love Martinborough. My cousins grew up here and I have so many wonderful.Continue reading here.
SEARCHING FOR SEALS
In February, when we were in Kaikoura, I went on a massive walk in the morning out to Ohau Continue reading here.
A RAINY DAY IN PETONE
Every week, unless the weather is horrid, my weekend always begins with a walk at Hikoikoi Continue reading here.
A WALK WITH THE BIRDS AT ZEALANDIA
It is a perfect winter’s day. A day where the air is cool and crisp, the sky is blue as far as Continue reading here.
TE AWA KAIRANGI – A WALK ALONG HUTT RIVER
It has been so long since I have been here. Months in fact. I want Continue reading here
CRUISING ON THE INTERISLANDER
In February, my husband and I packed up the motorbike and headed out on a road trip adventure Continue reading here.
WHAREKAUHAU COUNTRY ESTATE
It was a wet stormy day. I’m talking rain so thick and heavy it was causing flooding and landslips Continue reading here.