10 Peaceful spots of New Zealand

As it gets towards the time of year that I spend time reflecting, I like to find peaceful spaces to be alone with my thoughts in. I thought I’d share some of my… Continue reading

Top 10 Travel Take Aways

And no I don’t mean fish n’ chips on the beach… though that could be a pretty tasty takeaway about now… (forgive me if food takeaways are just a Kiwi thing). This month’s… Continue reading

The Borneo Adventure Roundup

From leeches in the jungle to island delights. From rivers with monkeys to sanctuaries with orangutans and sun bears. Borneo was a mixed bag with definite highs and a few lows. It was… Continue reading

From Turtle Island Glamping, Borneo to the Batu Caves of Kuala Lumpur

Island life vs big city living. There is quite a different vibe you get from Borneo region compared to the mainland city of Kuala Lumpur. Timely as politics was quite the talk at… Continue reading

For the love of solo travel

Organising what you want to see, how long you want to be somewhere and when you want to leave. Eating whatever you want, when you want. It could be pizza in Rome at… Continue reading

Sun Bear and Sepilok Orangutan Wildlife Sanctuaries, Borneo

WARNING: CUTE PHOTOS AHEAD! Wild and free animals (or lack of) behind me, it was onwards to cute wildlife cared for in the popular sanctuaries of Borneo. Sun Bear Conservation Centre My first… Continue reading

Kinabatangan River Wildlife Spotting, Borneo

I was excited. This was it. This was the chance to see wildlife in the wild. It was going to be great. Note: This post contains Proboscis monkeys with no shame and due… Continue reading

Homestay and local village of Tambatuon, Kota Belud, Borneo

In a quaint, quiet valley of Borneo lays a sleepy little village called Tambatuon. It’s here that my tour started its second week/second tour. We were based in a homestay for a night… Continue reading

Survivor Island, Borneo

Pulau Tiga in Borneo was the location for the first season of Survivor. This was the next location on the Borneo itinerary for me and it definitely was an improvement on the 2… Continue reading

Borneo cave exploration and leech strewn forest

Cancelled flight, missing luggage, exhausted naps and before you know it I’m in the depths of the Borneo jungle. Mulu National Park 4:30am trip to the airport for 3 flights and eventually we… Continue reading

Making a difference while travelling

Whether it’s smiling at a stranger, helping someone with their bags, giving food to the homeless or just complimenting someone on a piece of clothing, it all goes a long way to making… Continue reading

Round up of New Zealand’s South Island

Well my posts about my roadtrip around New Zealand’s South Island have finally come to an end. It’s kinda sad to be honest! I loved the scenery and hikes so much. I’m very… Continue reading

The Road Home: Hanmer Springs and Picton

I thought I was leaving the rain behind me. I thought I was escaping. It was sunny again. Then it was not. Hanmer Springs This was when the fun and enjoying of camping… Continue reading

The road to Peel

Sounds like a book or movie right? Well it was pretty exciting and maybe one day it will get into a book… Saying goodbye to Ohau Having spent New Years at Ohau Lodge… Continue reading

Scenic delights of Aoraki Mount Cook

Ice cracks and crashes as an echo is sent through the Hooker Valley. This is a pretty special way to celebrate the start of 2018 on New Years Day, walking the Hooker Valley… Continue reading

The road to Ohau – scenic inland New Zealand

When I think of beautiful scenery in New Zealand I think coastal initially. My roadtrip through the South Island taught me otherwise. Not only are the coastal aspects beautiful, but the mountain and… Continue reading

3 Years Repatriated in New Zealand

Time flies. 3 years seems like a long time and yet it feels like I’ve just returned to my home country of New Zealand in many ways. I sometimes wonder if that feeling… Continue reading

Postcards from Moody Doubtful Sound, Fiordland

Saying farewell to the sunshine in Wanaka, I packed up the car for a few nights of camping before New Year’s Eve. The drive over the Crown Range into Queenstown always freaks me… Continue reading

Travel Challenges

Sometimes I feel like challenge should be my middle name. That or unlucky. This month’s travel blog linkup is all about challenges and while I don’t want to jinx my upcoming trip to… Continue reading

Diamond Lake and Rocky Mountain Summit Hike – Wanaka

Walks labelled as Moderate-Hard shouldn’t be underestimated. Especially if you’re walking on your own and don’t do big hikes often… So someone like me was totally qualified to hike up to both the… Continue reading

Sights of Wanaka – Lavender and Wine

What’s more to love right? Flowers, the smell of lavender, maybe a taste of lavender ice-cream… followed by a trip to the most scenic vineyard I’ve ever been to… topping off the day… Continue reading

Wanaka Hiking Mount Iron

Sometimes it’s difficult to comprehend such beauty and this road trip has had those moments over and over again. Wanaka didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with this small town a few years… Continue reading

3 Years on.. Places I can’t get out of my head

Back in 2015 as part of the monthly bloggers linkup I shared my passion for Africa as the place I couldn’t get out of my head. Three years on and is it still… Continue reading

Road to Wanaka

Lake Matheson > Haast > Makarora > Wanaka Leaving the beautiful Lake Matheson behind me it was onwards to Wanaka, my favourite town in the South Island (competes with Tauranga for best in… Continue reading

Reflections of Christmas: Roadtrip to Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers

Hokitika > Franz Josef Glacier > Lake Matheson > Fox Glacier Spotting ice during a summer Christmas… sounds a little unusual right? Well last Christmas I did just that during my roadtrip in… Continue reading

HO HO HO Hokitika

Hoooow I wish I’d taken a photo of the roundabout that was decorated for Christmas saying ‘Ho Ho Ho Hokitika’ but alas, I was concentrating on driving and getting fish n’ chips for… Continue reading

Seals and Pancake Rocks: Driving the West Coast of New Zealand

Westport > Tauranga Bay > Punakaki Leaving the sandflies behind the West Coast of New Zealand just gets better and better. Westport is the first decent town you’ll hit South of Karamea, it’s… Continue reading

The thing about travel and perspective on life

A slight interlude in my road trip posts… figured it was time to share a big change in my life. I purchased a bed for the first time in about 10 years. I’m… Continue reading

The REAL middle of nowhere: Oparara Arches

Day 2 Route: Picton > Westport > Karmea > Oparara Arches > Kohaihai Campsite, Kahurangi National Park Where the heck are the Oparara Arches you may ask? The Oparara Arches are nestled away… Continue reading

Reigning in Christmas in the wop wops

Wop Wops you say? (Plural for Woop Woop: a humorous name for a remote outback town or district.) Yer that’s the middle of nowhere in New Zealand. I didn’t realise you can actually… Continue reading

Travel Planning Mojo

As my UK and European buddies rug up for a wintery Christmas, I’m busting out the dresses and skirts and enjoying the warm summer walks in the sun… when Auckland isn’t sharing its… Continue reading

Journeying into the unknown

This month’s travel blog linkup is all about Journeys, somewhat appropriate for me since my entire life feels like a journey! For me a journey is discovering the unknown around the world and… Continue reading

An Ode to the Snow

Oh how thee is so white. Oh how thee is so pure. Oh how thee glistens under bluebird skies above. The trails they leave behind are a minor scratch on your skin. The powder… Continue reading

That daily ‘happy place’

Sometimes travel takes you to your happy place. One that makes you smile. One that takes your breath away. One that puts you in a good place to start your day. I’m lucky… Continue reading

10 tips for expats returning home (repatriation)

So a few years back in New Zealand and I’m definitely not settled, but I’m thinking of things that have helped me bit by bit feel a little more comfortable back home, after… Continue reading

Top 10 tips for solo travel

I’ve done my fair share of solo travel, also group travels and travels with friends. My most epic solo journey was probably 6-7 months through South and Central America, though there were still… Continue reading

Adventures in the snow

Nine years on and I return to a winter wonderland known as Mount Ruapehu in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. It’s cold, white (and rocky) and exhilarating. When my… Continue reading

Long Weekend Getaway: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Countryside, wine, food and friends – what more do you need for a decent break? I recently ventured down to a new part of New Zealand that I’d never properly visited. The Hawkes… Continue reading

Travel Fears and Scares

Note: Probably don’t read this if you’re about to head off on a solo trip to a dodgy foreign country… read it when you get back. This month’s blog linkup is a goodie…… Continue reading

Expat Returns: July 2017 update

Not sure if anyone really is interested in this, but I’ll try for another month and see what you guys think. So here we go, what this month has been all about as… Continue reading

Snorkelling and sunset cruising along the Low Isles of the Great Barrier Reef

Calm seas, purple skies and heavens opening. This trip out to the Great Barrier Reef was definitely a good one to end my trip on. Clear skies aboard a stunning catamaran in the… Continue reading

WARNING: Cute animals! A day at Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas

Disclaimer: I cannot be held accountable for a few too many ‘awww’s’ or mentions of cuteness in this post. Read (and smile) at your own peril. I’m always wary about wildlife sanctuaries and… Continue reading

My Travel Story

This month’s travel linkup is all about what got me into the world of travel blogging. Why I am here today sharing my tales from the globe, solo travel, being an expat, to… Continue reading

Expat Returns: June 2017 update

Last month I reached my 2 years back in NZ and inspired by other bloggers, ideas of reflection and gratitude I’ve decided to try a monthly review here on kiwifootprints.com. Possibly not the… Continue reading

Daintree Rainforest and Cassowary Falls day trip from Port Douglas

Nestled amongst glorious green vegetation, farms of sugarcane and little country towns is the Daintree Rainforest…. and a LOT OF RAIN! Yes, this was to show me just how wet the tropical rainforest… Continue reading

Port Douglas, Queenland, Australia

Sunshine, palm trees, fresh brunch, tropical juices, gorgeous pool and a quaint township… what more could you want from a little retreat in Queensland, Australia? The second half of my Easter getaway took… Continue reading

Kuranda: Queensland’s village in the Rainforest

Watching out the window as the forest passes me by, I notice openings of stunning scenery below as the scenic train to Kuranda climbs through the mountains to reach 327 metres above sea… Continue reading

A place called home

Home… This month I was kindly asked to be a joint host in a monthly blog linkup. The topic is oh so appropriate given I’ve just reached my 2 years back in New… Continue reading

2 Years On… expat back in New Zealand

2 Years ago I landed back in New Zealand. Almost 3 years since I left my life in the UK to travel my way back to my home country. And what a whirlwind… Continue reading

Scenic Flight over Great Barrier Reef

There is nothing quite like seeing the Great Barrier Reef from above.  The colours of the ocean and coral are incredible with shimmering fairy lights on the water. I had booked an early… Continue reading

Snorkelling in Upolu Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Situated on the Outer Reef region of the Great Barrier Reef, Upolu Reef is home to an array of fish, coral, turtles and other sea life. It reached up to 15m in-depth so… Continue reading

Cairns, North Queensland Australia: home to the Great Barrier Reef

In the true tradition of Easter in my world I did the typical thing and went travelling. This year with the Easter public holidays and ANZAC Day it meant for a cool 10… Continue reading

The ultimate travel menu of locations

As part of this month’s travel blog linkup, I’m sharing my ultimate travel menu of locations. From an entrée (short haul) to a main (long haul) and a memorable desert. This menu will take… Continue reading

Another day, another flower… Auckland Botanic Gardens

Another day, another flower. Auckland Botanic Gardens holds enjoyment all year round for all ages and I for one love wandering around flower gardens just like this place! After two visits, one in autumn… Continue reading

Crankworx Rotorua, 2017

From all around the world the BMX and mountain bike riders descend on the smelly (but lovely) kiwi town of Rotorua to enjoy the bush tracks on offer to riders… yes Rotorua is… Continue reading

That place that Inspired me…

How can a travel destination be inspiring? Is it a place that changed your perspectives in life? A place that encourages you to do something more in life? Is it simply a destination… Continue reading

Colour and Vibrance of Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Following on from last week’s emotional post about the art and destruction of Christchurch City I thought this week I’d share my favourite spot in Christchurch to visit: The Botanic Gardens. Strolling through… Continue reading

Christchurch – the city of art and destruction

Buildings falling to pieces. Construction site after construction site. Little pockets of pop up life. Art and colour amongst the grey. A city attempting to rebuild itself. This is Christchurch. I had the… Continue reading

Hidden Gems of Travelling

It’s those places that you never considered visiting. Those spots that you stumble upon. Those aspects that etch away at your mind, heart and soul. Those places that you can never forget. Those… Continue reading

French vibrations in New Zealand: Akaroa

Akaroa, known as the only French settlement in New Zealand and easy day-trip from Christchurch. Towards the end of last year I had the pleasure of nipping down to Christchurch in New Zealand’s… Continue reading

Travel Outtakes: The not-so-peachy moments of travel

This month’s blog linkup is all about the not to peachy moments of travel. Having travelled the globe and blogged along the way I usually try to keep it upbeat — because who… Continue reading

In memory of Kaikoura, 2016

In late 2016 before the dreaded earthquakes I visited Kaikoura in the hope to see whales. While the whales weren’t present, I am pleased I had the chance to see the pristine coastline… Continue reading

2016: The travel year that was, 2017: The travel year that will be

2016 Was a year of highs and lows, some epic lows, hence how quiet my blog has been lately. With the start of 2017 comes a time to start getting back into the… Continue reading

Review: All Stars Inn on Bealey

For the last public holiday I ventured down to Christchurch to enjoy a long weekend in a place I’d never been to before. When booking this trip I decided to treat myself to… Continue reading

Wandering through Zealandia, Wellington, NZ

Just a short 10min drive from central Wellington (or with the free Zealandia shuttle) nestled amongst the bushland, is a nature sanctuary to delight any nature lover — whether you grew up in… Continue reading

#30 Top Travel Experience before I’m 30: Rediscovering New Zealand

Number 30 in my Greatest Travel Experiences before I’m 30 had to lead me back home to my homeland, New Zealand, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud. New Zealand was never high… Continue reading

Discovering the quirks of the United Kingdom

From High Tea to Gardens of Eden, From delights of Scottish Highlands to districts of Lakes, From English ‘beaches’ to castles and ancient buildings, From the hustle and bustle of London, to Shakespeare’s… Continue reading

Thailand, a taste of Asia – A Top Travel Experience

Colourful temples so intricate and shiny. A stark contrast to the smoggy streets and smells of tasty food stalls. This was my brief taste of Thailand. Step back 6 years, it’s 2010, I’m… Continue reading

Hitting the sandy slopes: A Top Travel Experience

77km/hr. Steep sandy slopes. Helmet, board, GO! Sandboarding is not for the faint hearted. It will test your fear of heights, fear of speed and fear of falling and injuring yourself. First time… Continue reading

Petra, Jordan – A Top Travel Experience

Some places take dedication to reach. This ‘Top Travel Experience’ is one of those… Petra, Jordan, from Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt… yes it’s quite a way. It involved a couple of buses,… Continue reading