New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We are unashamedly biased about our homeland. Find out where we lived, what we loved and some behind the scenes tips from locals.

  • Discover Petone, New Zealand
    New Zealand,  Wellington

    Discover Petone, New Zealand

    Reading time: 10 Minutes Since selling our house in August we have been housesitting in the Wellington region.  In between house sits we have been staying in Petone, Lower Hutt. We recently had two weeks in Petone and love it. Petone is a lovely seaside suburb bordered by a beach that can be wild and magnificent, or calm and placid, with wonderful views across the harbour to Wellington City. I grew up and went to School locally, so have always been aware of Petone, but it was never really a place to spend a lot of time in.  While we had been living in the general area for many years,…

  • Solo Travel
    New Zealand,  Rotorua

    Solo Travel – Spa Weekend in Rotorua, New Zealand

    Spa Weekend, Rotorua, New Zealand Estimated Reading Time: 10 Minutes Recently I did a solo trip to Rotorua, New Zealand.   Most of my trips are with Andy so it was unusual to venture out on my own and undertake solo travel.  After doing some research about potential locations for some time out by myself I settled on Rotorua.  Why Rotorua?  It is an hour flight from Wellington where I am currently based, and I am familiar enough with the town to get around easily without having to resort to planning when and where I needed to be.  The focus for the weekend was on rest and recuperation after being sick…

  • Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
    Hawkes Bay,  New Zealand

    Visiting the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

    Hawkes Bay, New Zealand is a great place to visit.  We recently escaped for a week to the Hawkes Bay for some time out.  We had the best time.  Hawkes Bay wineries are world class, it has some of the best New Zealand Food and has great weather.  Napier in the Hawkes Bay is also New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital. What to know Getting there       Air New Zealand flies in and out of Napier daily; 5 hour drive from Auckland, 4 hour drive from Wellington Population          150,000 in the Region Where we stayed There are plenty of choices for good Hawkes Bay accommodation.  We…

  • Guide to Wellington, Wellington Art
    New Zealand,  Wellington

    A Beginner’s Guide to Wellington New Zealand

    Wellington New Zealand, has been called the ‘Coolest Little Capital in the World’.  I am not going to argue with that.  Wellington is a small city nestled on a beautiful harbor, surrounded by a lovely accessible green belt and a ‘couple’ of hills.  The upside of those hills – the view.  This is our Beginner’s Guide to Wellington City, where we share some of our favourite places to visit, things to do, and of course, to eat.   Recently, I posted about having a staycation, which got me to thinking – if I had a good friend coming to Wellington for the first time, what would I recommend they absolutely…

  • New Zealand,  Wellington

    Staycation

    It is Easter Weekend this weekend in New Zealand. This means it is a four day weekend for most of us (those of us who work for ourselves may approach it slightly differently though).  We are in the middle of getting our house ready to sell and will be doing final touch ups over the weekend, so the house will look better than it ever has. So this means we aren’t heading away for the long weekend, and have decided to stay home and enjoy our house while it is still ours, discover some new experiences in Wellington – and rest.  House selling is tiring and stressful! We have decided…

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