Life in Shaky Times

I have been feeling quite numb all week. Not really sure how to process what has happened. Writing seems to help, so here goes. Brain dump… In the early hours of Monday morning 14 November 2016, much of New Zealand was shaken awake by a prolonged and violent earthquake, absolutely devastating a large portion of…

The Humpridge Track

I consider myself extremely lucky to live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. In the South Island alone there is just so much to explore and discover, even for someone who has lived here for most of my life. I am also extremely lucky to have an amazing group of friends…

Lake Coleridge

They say the best cure for post holiday blues is to plan another holiday! Just as well ANZAC weekend closely followed our Easter Adventures in Australia. It was a last minute booking, which left us struggling to find some accommodation. However the perfect place turned up at just the right time, and we were confirmed.…

Awesome Okarito

Knowing how much I love travelling and having adventures, my fabulous friends all chipped in and bought me a weekend at a flash resort on the West Coast of the South Island for my 40th birthday party. Last weekend we finally found a free weekend to squeeze in a trip and stay at this amazing…

Sawcut Gorge

There are so many stunning places to discover in New Zealand, you just have to be prepared to get off the beaten track, drive over rutty shingle roads, walk for ages and get your feet wet to find them. The Sawcut Gorge is one of those places. Flipping through a dog eared magazine in a…

The Pack Horse Hut

Lyttelton Harbour is surrounded by the Port Hills, which are part of beautiful Banks Peninsula. The whole area is made up of two extinct volcanoes that have been flooded by the sea when they exploded millions of years ago. High up on the hills is a little track which leads to the Pack Horse Hut.…

Wonderful day for a waka

As many of my regular readers know, I have been working at the yacht club for the last few months, getting things in the office all ship shape to hand over to a new club manager. Every day I sit at the desk, gazing jealously at the people heading down the boat ramp, while I…

Whanganui River Journey

A long weekend = a good excuse for another adventure! The Whanganui River Journey is one of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” – which are nine adventures in the most spectacular New Zealand landscapes. Although not technically a walk – the three day river trip in a canoe still comes under the great walk category through…