Category: North Island

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Stairway To Heaven – Paekakariki Escarpment Track!

As we move into the beginnings of winter in New Zealand, I’ve been more inclined to keeping myself warm indoors because let’s face it, the wet and cold aren’t exactly my favourite conditions to be outdoors. Yesterday however, we made an exception for this particular walking trail along the Wellington coast and despite ending up with frozen ears, the track was as beautiful as what we hoped; definitely a track worth doing!

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Manawatu’s Relay For Life; A Photologue.

Every year, this event has always been much anticipated amongst the locals, and this year was no exception! For many personal reasons, the fight against Cancer is a cause that is very close to my heart, so it’s great to be part of an event that truly reflects this cause!

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New Zealand Coffee Festival 2018 #NZCF

My smile in that top photo pretty much sums up how excited I felt to be surrounded by caffeine last weekend. I hardly ever stop by Auckland for leisure but when I do, it’s for Ed Sheeran and of course, the New Zealand Coffee Festival!

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What a weekend in New Plymouth looks like.

Not too sure about the rest of you, but I am all about maximising my weekends during the summer months; when days are long, filled with sunshine and warm temperatures are almost guaranteed – It’s a great time for that spontaneous road trip, attending a festival (or two) or explore a hiking trail that’s waiting to be ticked off your checklist.

If you haven’t been to New Plymouth, it’s about high time you made this your next road trip destination; it’s a place that I find myself constantly going back to every summer, either to just have a staycation in town, to climb mountains, walk along its beautiful coast or all of the above.

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Whangarei, the beginning of an EPIC Northland Roadtrip.

This was the kickstart of our adventures across Northland earlier this summer. We’ve heard so much about Whangarei having endless options for sight-seeing, walks and beautiful beaches that we made sure to stay for a couple of days to allow ourselves a decent amount of time to explore the area.

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I’m so glad we did, because now that we’ve been, we honestly cannot wait to be back.

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This Christmas, I caught a cold at the Coromandel.

It was a whirlwind flight up to Hamilton and an early drive the next morning to the Coromandel to finally do the famed Pinnacles Walk. Leading up to our hike, all of us were expecting superb weather considering what a good summer it has been for New Zealand and to our dismay, it was the complete opposite.

Weather aside, it wasn’t a bad way to spend Christmas. Have a look at the photos, we still had a great time!

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Eating Our Way Through The Horowhenua Taste Trail!

This weekend, I was in luck to be invited to join the Horowhenua Taste Trail; an event that showcased the variety of fresh produce and food products this district has to offer.

I’ve always appreciated how we’re able to always enjoy fresh and seasonal produce, it just never occurred to me that some of the staples in my kitchen are sourced and grown so near to where I lived!

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Glamping It Up At Highfield Forest Retreat

Admit it – At some point in your life, you’ve probably oooooh-ed and aaaahhhh-ed at all these visuals of beautiful luxury campsites out in the wilderness that’s dotted all over Pinterest, travel magazines, social media, wishing that you’d be able to experience it at least once in your lifetime.

I definitely fitted that description and after endless browsing, bookmarking tabs and following some pretty inspiring travel feed, we finally got a taste of glamping at the Highfield Forest Retreat, an experience that I highly recommend if you’re ever looking for an unique staycation here in New Zealand.

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A Pitstop At Ruth Pretty, Te Horo.

Winter in New Zealand is slowly coming to an end and better weather means more chances to venture outdoors to enjoy some sunshine! Just like today, we took a spontaneous drive down to Wellington and along our journey, we couldn’t resist stopping at Ruth Pretty‘s for some coffee and cake.

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There’s More to Hamilton Than What You Think.

The first time I visited Hamilton three years ago, I left with an impression that it was just like any other city and never gave much thought about it ever since.

Three years later, I recently returned for a weekend getaway up to the Tron City and I left feeling pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it – This time, it was a weekend well-spent with us venturing to several places slightly out of the city that I would definitely encourage you to visit if you happen to be there!