New Zealand

  1. Santa thumb

    I interviewed the Whitcoulls Santa…

    I stood on the intersection of Queen and Victoria Streets and had a chat with the 54-year old Santa who used to be known for his creepiness, but has now had an extreme makeover.

  2. Win shopping spree

    WIN a $700 shopping spree!!

    Be in to WIN a $700 shopping spree at any Westfield shopping centre in NZ in time for Christmas! #Lifetakecharge

  3. The-Cow-Queenstown

    Queenstown: my picks for where to eat

    Next time you visit Queenstown, pop into these restaurants that serve up everything from fancy cocktails and nibbles to exotic street food…

  4. Hauraki Blue cruise

    Auckland: overnighting on the harbour

    For a night away with a difference, book a cabin on the Hauraki Blue cruising cat, tootle around some of Auckland’s islands and anchor down for the night.

  5. Bethells sand dune

    Bethells Beach: girls go wild out west of Auckland

    Escape to Bethell’s Beach for a weekend that is about as far removed from the hustle and bustle of Auckland as you can get.

  6. Napier art deco

    Napier: taking the Art Deco walk

    Back in the 80s Napier’s Art Deco buildings were being demolished in favour of glass and aluminium office blocks, until some zealous architecture and history buffs intervened…

  7. Random Acts of Kindness Day

    When I’m not blogging…

    I’m going to interrupt my usual travel blogging to tell you about a cause that I co-founded… Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is coming up 10 years in NZ!

  8. Air NZ hobbit

    Peek at Air NZ’s new safety video directed by Taika Waititi

    New Zealand director and actor Taika Waititi directs the latest Air New Zealand safety demonstration video complete with orcs and elves in Central Otago…

  9. Wellington food on a budget

    Wellington: doing this foodie city on a budget

    How to eat great food in Wellington on a shoe-string budget, by local uni student Maggie Tweedie who is watching her wallet. As always.

  10. Motuarohia Island thumb

    Bay of Islands walking weekend: a yacht & a pair of hiking boots

    Take a hike in the Bay of Islands! I donned my boots and explored some of New Zealand’s most pristine islands. A breathtaking (and sometimes breathless) experience!