Snells Beach

Snells Beach is a coastal town about 8km east of Warkworth. Being only about an hour drive north of Auckland it is a popular spot for weekend getaways. By far my favorite thing to do in Snells Beach is to visit the Brick Bay Sculpture trail. It is located in the Brick Bay vineyard, and features…

Puhoi

In Auckland, when you think cheese, the very next thought is Puhoi Cheese. It is, in fact, a small village about 50km north of Auckland that is located on the Puhoi river. Puhoi translated means ‘slow water’, a reference to the river itself. The area was settled by German migrants who brought with them their culinary flair….

Dargaville

When the Lonely Planet says that Dargaville is a town that boasts it is most famous for its Kumara (sweet potatoes) and goes onto say that there is not much else worth visiting you are not left with high hopes. However, for those looking to explore a region that was in its prime during the…

Kaipara

Kaipara is a district north of Auckland, located in the rolling hills north of the Kaipara Harbour. The region is most famous for the Kaurie timber industry, which was at it’s peak in 1800’s and ended in the 1950’s. A real feature for me along the Kaipara coast highway is Gibbs Farm, which contains the largest outdoor…

Raglan

What a revelation Raglan is. We headed to the bustling seaside town on Auckland anniversary weekend, a long weekend in NZ, just to check it out. Not really sure what to expect, we found a buzzing town with lots of people visiting. There is a great strip of shops, cafes and restaurants which heads down to…

Ruawai

Ruawai is a small township located 30 km south of Dargaville. The name literally translated from Maori means ‘two waters’ referring to the nearby Wairoa River and Kaipara Harbour. The township primarily serves the outlying farming area which consists mainly of cattle farming and kumara growing and the town declared itself as the Kumara capital of the world….

Baylys Beach

Baylys Beach is the quintessential North Island unspoiled beach. It is situated on the north western Kaipara coast, about two and a half hours from Auckland. The beach is famous for it’s multi coloured baches (the kiwi term for holiday homes), which litter the hills that over look the water. Interestingly, the Kaipara coastline is…

Bridal Veil Falls

Waterfalls for some people can be all much the same, but for me I really enjoy watching them and hearing the force of the water plunging over the cliff edge. In fact my favorite part of visiting the Bridal Veil Falls was the first viewing platform is perched just above the waterfall giving you a great view…

Little Shoal Bay

What I love about Auckland city is that you are never too far away from either the water of the harbour and nature. Like my home town of Sydney, Auckland has an abundance of Harbour foreshore walks that feature stunning views of the city and native flora. Little Shoal Bay is such a spot. Just…

In One Day – Wellington

New Zealand’s capital city Wellington is a place that takes much more than a single day to explore, however if you only have one day here are my top pics. The perfect start to the day is a run (or walk) along the waterfront, I would recommend starting at oriental Bay, heading along the waterfront…

Waitakeres

The Waitakere ranges are a sequence of hills running along the West coast of the North Island of New Zealand, west of Auckland for about 25km. They are known by Moari as Te Wao Nui o Tiriwa (The Great Forest of Tiriwa). Along the coast lay some of New Zealand’s most famous beaches, including Piha, Bethells Beach…

Hawkes Bay

The east coast of the north island is dominated by the Hawkes Bay region. It is world famous as a renowned wine region, and was named by Captain Cook during his voyage to the region. There are approximately 75 vineyards in the region, making it hugely popular for tourists and locals alike who are seeking…