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

Pyramids of Giza – A Top Travel Experience

I can’t believe I’m here. Standing infront of ‘the’ Pyramids of Giza. Am I actually here? I ask myself. It’s one of those places we see in books, we read about, but we… Continue reading

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Waking up inside a cave to look out at sculpted stone mountains with colourful hot air balloons gliding between them… where in the world am I? Cappadocia, Turkey. Known for it’s fairy tale… Continue reading

Near-Perfect Travel Experiences: Travel Linkup

Well, nothing in life is ever perfect… right? At least my travels are never perfect. I think that’s what makes them some of the best stories I have to share! So this month… Continue reading

Meeting Condors in Colca Canyon, Peru – A Top Travel Experience

One of those moments. You know the moments. The ones that you pinch yourself that you can’t quite believe you’re seeing. And experiencing. This was one of those moments. I’m a world away… Continue reading

Art and culture in Wellington

From houses to rubbish bins, walkways to waterfront sculptures. Then there’s the galleries, museums and shows that Wellington is busting with! I recently had the pleasure of spending 3 days in Wellington, based… Continue reading

Skydiving over Lake Taupo, New Zealand – A Top Travel Experience

What do you want to do for your 21st? Well back in the day my answer was, Go skydiving! I’d never done anything quite like it before and I have never been super… Continue reading

48 Hours in Wellington, New Zealand’s Capital City

WOW literally. Art, culture, nature, scenery. Its like Wellington has everything you could want in a city… including 4 seasons in one day! I spent three days there (since I’m a bad Kiwi… Continue reading

Wildlife volunteering: Top Travel Experience(s)

Getting down and dirty, deciding there’s no point in washing your shorts because you’re on enclosure cleaning yet again or it’s just so wet and humid, why bother? These are the joys of… Continue reading

Discovering the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) – A Top Travel Experience

Feet deep in snow, hands cradling the tripod and camera while the eyes stare up at the dancing colours in the sky. This week’s travel experience that makes it into my 30 Top… Continue reading

Ireland Photo Blog: A Top Travel Experience

Ever since I’d first decided to move to the UK and London I knew I wanted to visit Ireland. It was top of my list, Scotland may have sneaked in there first, but… Continue reading

Interesting ‘items’ discovered in and around travel accomodation

Sometimes I’ve been surprised to find a toilet seat on a toilet in Africa. Sometimes it’s been hot water in the depths of South America. Once or twice the surprise was a sign… Continue reading

Cinque Terre – Walking through 5 little Italian Villages, A Top Travel Experience

Colourful buildings adorning a coastal landscape. Wildflowers blooming amongst spring grass. Views from above village standing on cliffs. Pizza, pasta and gelato… need I say more? Cinque Terre is a little area of… Continue reading

Walking amongst chimpanzees in Uganda – A Top Travel Experience

Lush green forests. A scurry amongst the leaves. The call of the wild amongst shaking trees. These are the things that make me feel wild and free. As part of my East African… Continue reading

A Top Travel Experience: Paragliding through Slovenia

Running off a cliff strapped to a stranger, getting caught by the air and gliding through the sky with the power of the a parachute holding you above the ground. Incredible to say… Continue reading

Hiking up Machu Picchu Mountain, a Top Travel Experience

When I think back about this experience, I think of the shaky legs, the deep breathes of fear looking down the side of the stone steps as I climbed the highest mountain in… Continue reading

Travelling food for thought!

This month’s travel linkup is all about your best food experiences while travelling. I couldn’t rest on just one, so have picked my top three from three different continents. So, sit down, get… Continue reading

Greek Islands: A Top Travel Experience

Whenever I struggle to sleep or when I go to my ‘happy place’ during meditation, it’s a beach in the Greek Islands. This beach is known as Agia Anna in Naxos, where I remember staring… Continue reading

Swiss styling through Switzerland: A Top Travel Experience

Take a train, a backpack, hiking boots, a mangle of languages and a Kiwi addicted to travel and what do you get? A solo Kiwi traveller (me) backpacking for a about 2 weeks… Continue reading

Self-created mini retreat in Pauanui

Ever felt like a mouse is running around in a maze in your head, not sure which way to go? Need a bit of clarity? Literally just need to get away from everything?… Continue reading

Salt Flats of Bolivia: Salar de Uyuni, a Top Travel Experience

A bit of cold. A few early mornings. A lot of rain. A bit of a Non-English speaking Bolivian driver getting lost. A bit of altitude sickness. And a memory to last a… Continue reading

11 Lessons Learned While Travelling

Whether it’s being sick in Thailand, New York or South America, or nearly missing flights due to unexpected celebrations, or realising this is your one chance to do something in a particular place,… Continue reading

Top Experience: London Olympic Games

It’s got to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in a city that holds the Olympic Games. I was lucky enough to have this opportunity back in 2012. With the… Continue reading

Afternoon Tea: Zealong Tea Estate, Waikato, New Zealand

Nestled away in the farmlands of Gordonton in the Waikato, minutes from Hamilton is an estate of green tea called Zealong. As the sun shone down one bright Saturday I joined a few… Continue reading

10 Top Tips for Travelling South America

Just over a year ago I returned from an epic adventure around South and Central America. I’m still often pinching myself with the memories I have from there, some of which I can’t… Continue reading

Delving into the Jungle and entry to the Amazon: Pampas, Bolivia – A Top Experience

It seems so long ago, yet so vivid, the memory of travelling down the Yacuma River in Bolivia after torrential rain that could have blocked my journey to the Pampas. The steaming sun… Continue reading

Travel Linkup: Home

Home. Where for out thou home? Ummm… I thought it was London for awhile (well close to 5 years)… but really I knew it was always New Zealand… but now that I’m back,… Continue reading

Best waterfalls in the world: Iguazu – A top travel experience before I’m 30!

I’ve seen my fair share of waterfalls in my life. Niagara Falls and Victoria Falls were both pretty impressive, but it wasn’t until I visited Brazil and Argentina and saw Iguazu (or ‘Iguaçu’ as… Continue reading

A Greatest Travel Experience: New York, New York!

For once put aside the intrepid travelling, the camping in Africa, the solo backpacking through South America and consider for a moment immersing yourself in food heaven, indulging in a city so diverse,… Continue reading

Nelson and the World of Wearable Art Museum

Centre of New Zealand. Check. Queens Gardens. Check. World of Wearable Art Museum – aka the WOW Museum. Check. Besides the fantastic nature spots of Abel Tasman, Nelson Lakes and Kaiteriteri nearby, Nelson… Continue reading

Unexpected Places

Consider for a moment a place you’ve never thought you’d visit. Is it dangerous? Is there some strange noises that you can’t quite comprehend? Do you find yourself holding a baby baboon in… Continue reading

Is the grass really greener on the other side: 1 year on in NZ

1 year ago today I landed in Auckland, New Zealand on a plane from San Fransisco in a snotty, sick mess to see my sister waiting for me at the airport (poor her).… Continue reading

A Greatest Travel Experience: Safari in Africa

Snap. Leopard darts from a tree. One of the only photographs taken of it was mine. Eyes wide open. Lion’s munching on a zebra on the side of the dirt path. They didn’t… Continue reading

Kaiteriteri: Beach delights near Abel Tasman National Park

Think golden sand, sunshine, clear waters and stunning scenery. What more could one want? Being Easter, this was my last chance of a decent swim in warm-ish waters before Autumn properly kicks in… Continue reading

Greatest Travel Experience #6: Immersing myself in Patagonian nature

Whales, penguins, seals. Glaciers that grow. Snowcapped mountains to hike amongst. Beaches. Where else could this fantastic destination be? None other than the Chilean and Argentine wonder of Patagonia. On my long backpacking… Continue reading

Travel Blogger Problems

Language Travelling somewhere where you can’t speak the local lingo. Good example: Arriving after a 20+ hour bus journey into Salta, Argentina. A spot people raved about. A spot I struggled to figure out… Continue reading

A Greatest Adventure: Cruising around the Galapagos

Picture this: Waking up in the morning in a king size bed, strolling out to a balcony, gazing out over warm clear blue water, watching the odd turtle or stingray swimming by… that’s… Continue reading