Christchurch

I had heard mixed things about Christchurch before going there. The most common trend was that it still had not recovered from the horrific 2011 earthquake that devastated the city killing over 185 individuals. Honestly on initial inspection I thought it was nice, certainly not as bad as everyone else had said but I wasn’t…

Taupo

As soon as we arrived in Wellington it was the New Zealand Labour Day bank holiday weekend. We wanted to take advantage of this weekend before starting work so we started looking at potential places we could easily get to. One of the places that really appealed to me was Taupo. Taupo is in the…

Mt Maunganui

Where: Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, New Zealand What’s involved: This is a short 3.8km hike from the beachfront to the summit of the extinct volcano and takes between 30-45 mins one way. There are two different routes you can take with both tracks starting from the ocean side of the base: The Oruahine track brings…

Putaruru Blue Springs

Where: Putaruru, South Waikato, New Zealand What’s involved: A 4.7km loop around the Putaruru Blue Spring. Here the water is incredibly clear and takes 100 years to filter from the Mamaku Plateau, supplying over half of New Zealand’s bottled water. There is a beautiful walk along boardwalks that brings you by the crystal clear water,…

Mt Isobel

Where: Hanmer Springs, New Zealand What’s involved: This is a 10km round trip to the Mt Isobel summit which dominates the Hanmer Springs skyline at over 1300 meters. There are a couple of different ways to get to the summit: Jacks Pass: This is the hardest, steepest but most direct ascent to the top. You…

Best Podcasts for Road Trips

Is there anything better than getting in your car and hitting the road? I’ve done a couple road trips – from a few days to a few weeks and all that driving means you spend plenty of time with no phone or radio signal. After a few hours of Richie’s ‘witty anecdotes‘ and all the…

Sydney – Overheated and Underwhelmed

I had always wanted to go to Sydney and see the famous sites but after going there in January 2017 I found it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations. What surprised me the most, after telling others that I didn’t really like the city, was how many other people also didn’t like it….

Pacific Coast Road Trip

Get a glass of wine, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable because this post is a long one! One of the trips I’m most commonly asked about is the 3 weeks Richie and I spent in Australia in 2017. During this trip we went from Brisbane to Sydney before flying down to my…