15 Jan 2021

NZ Summer Road Trip 2020/2021 Awards (South Island Edition)

Owing to a severe lack of overseas options, Kiwis hit the roads of New Zealand in record numbers over the 2020 / 2021 summer holiday period (I assume, I haven’t seen the stats). I was one of them, and I thought I’d hand out a few awards in the hope

26 Dec 2020

Tips for Staying Safe on New Zealand Roads

It’s the holiday season in New Zealand and local travel is in full swing. We’re lucky that we can travel around our beautiful country, maskless and with a far greater sense of freedom than almost anywhere else in the world. There’s danger lurking though. New Zealand roads are tough to

26 Oct 2020

5 New Zealand Travel Alternatives for Your Cancelled Overseas Trip

Have you recently had a trip, or plans for a trip, scuppered by a certain virus? You’re not alone. We had to pull the pin on our four-month Europe and Middle East trip to stay put in New Zealand for the foreseeable future. You’re probably thinking these trip cancellations are

19 Sep 2020

Hiking to the Top of Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

One of New Zealand’s most iconic short hikes takes you from the bustling beach town of Mount Maunganui up to the top of a small mountain overlooking the town. It’s known as both Mount Maunganui and Mauo (or “The Mount” to locals) and it’s an active-wear touting Instagrammers’ delight. It’s

02 Sep 2020

Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove: Two Unique New Zealand Beaches

This post was originally posted in October 2017 and was updated in September 2020. On a recent trip to the North Island we spent a couple of days exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. Rated as one of New Zealand’s best beach destinations, the Coromandel (as it’s known locally) is ripe for

29 Jul 2020

New Zealand Travel Highlights

I’ve been lucky enough to spend the last three years exploring New Zealand, the home I never really appreciated until I moved overseas. This is a collection of highlights from all of those road trips, hikes and weekends away. You’ll probably notice this list of New Zealand travel highlights skews

15 Jul 2020

Northland Itinerary: Exploring the Far North of New Zealand

Northland, roughly the area north of Auckland all the way to the top of the North Island, is full of pristine beaches and sweeping coastal views, but with so many potential places to visit it can be a hard place to plan a trip to. Luckily you stumbled on this

08 Jul 2020

Matai Bay / Waikato Bay: Exploring the Karikari Peninsula, New Zealand

Travellers researching their trips to Northland, New Zealand must be overwhelmed by the beach options available. There are heaps of beautiful beaches in Northland and most people won’t have the time to see them all. One of the best, and most famous, is Matai Bay. It always seems to feature