I’ve spent nearly four years living overseas, but I’ve never been a visitor at home. My return from London was a permanent one. But part of chasing the dream overseas means coming to terms with what you’re missing at home. And ticking the “visitor” box on the immigration form.Read more "A Visitor at Home"
Is it ok if I get a bit melodramatic for a minute? It’s exactly a year since I left New Zealand. I just put on the playlist that I made on that day and it’s giving me all the feels. Just four songs, all with the words “home” or “goodbye” in the title, that I […]Read more "The Hard Thing"
When I got back from Melbourne on Saturday, I had to fill out an arrivals card. For the first time, under ‘occupation’, I had to write ‘unemployed’. And under ‘length of visit to New Zealand’, I had to write ‘five days’. I had the stark realisation that there were tourists on my plane who would be here longer than me. […]Read more "Twice in a Lifetime"
Visiting New Zealand without seeing Milford Sound is like buying a gelato and only eating the cone. It doesn’t matter how you see it, just find a way. Some people fly over, some people take a riverboat, some people hike the nearby Milford Track. But me? I wanted to get close to the water.Read more "Kayaking Milford Sound (in Photos)"
There’s no doubt about it: Queenstown is the crown jewel of New Zealand. In winter this picturesque town is blanketed in snow and packed full of skiers, but it’s just as breathtaking to visit in summer. And to truly see all that the area around Queenstown has to offer, you should hire a car.Read more "Queenstown Summer Road Trip: 10 Unmissable Activities"
Rotorua, known for its pungent rotten egg smell, is probably New Zealand’s most touristy city. So, for those who like to get off the beaten track, it can be difficult to know what’s worth doing.This list isn’t exhaustive: there are plenty of other cool things to do in Rotorua (hot tip: if you visit the […]Read more "Rotorua: 4 Unmissable Activities Off the Beaten Track"
“This place should have more visitors. It deserves them. You mark my words, the tourists will come flocking here in a few years when word gets out” – my friend Ally, upon discovering the Coromandel for the first time Most overseas visitors come to New Zealand expecting the epic snowy mountains from the Lord of […]Read more "The Magical Coromandel (in Photos)"
The New Zealand summer is long and scorching. Every kiwi kid has memories of spending the whole summer at the beach, trying to ride the scooter they got for Christmas with one hand so they can eat an ice cream with the other. As a result, beaches are a hot topic in New Zealand. […]Read more "The Best Beach in New Zealand"
The bus broke down about two hours into our first trip. It was like the plot of a B-grade roadtrip movie… ‘Two free spirits buy an enormous aqua coloured house bus on a whim, and a few short weeks later eight people, most of whom barely know each other, are on a mission to […]Read more "Mending Breakdowns"
On 1 December, after 630 days, 35 countries, 156,106 miles travelled by air, 37,154 photos, nearly a hundred shows, 281 posts, and one court appearance, I came home. Paul and I at Auckland Airport, seconds after getting off the plane. I was worried that little old Auckland would feel like a small pond after the crazy pace of London, and it does. […]Read more "Coming Home"