The Homeland

Sunshine, warmth, pristine beaches, Pohutukawa trees, walks along white sandy shores, fish n’ chips wrapped in newspaper… these are things I remember from home, the land of the long white cloud, Aotearoa.

As a lead up to a special month of blogging in March, I thought I would reminisce a little about where this all began. I was born and bred in New Zealand and caught the travel bug off one of my sisters that worked on cruise ships around the Caribbean. I loved seeing her postcards and photographs and knew that one day I’d experience what the world had to offer outside of NZ. Yet, nearly 7 years on from my first big trip and as much as I travel the world, many of my favourite places remind me of my homeland.

Christmas 2012 I had the chance to be back amongst my family and Kiwi mates and to enjoy these lovely pastures again. Please peruse the photographs I treasure from that visit below and if you want to see more check out my New Zealand photography gallery »

And don’t forget to keep an eye out each week in March for an exciting blog post to celebrate kiwifootprints.com turning 1, which happens to mark my 4 years in the UK and almost 7 years since I began travelling!

Mt. Maunganui

Mt. Maunganui, one of my favourite places in the world

Pilot Bay, Mt. Maunganui

Pilot Bay, Mt. Maunganui

Anzac Bay, Bowentown

Anzac Bay, Bowentown, near where I grew up

View over Papamoa and Mt. Maunganui

View over Papamoa and Mt. Maunganui

Farmland view from Papamoa Hills

Farmland view from Papamoa Hills

Papamoa Hills

Papamoa Hills, a lovely place I just discovered on this trip back to NZ in 2012

Papamoa Beach

Papamoa Beach on a not-so-sunny day

Sheep on Papamoa Hills

Sheep on Papamoa Hills – had to include a sheep didn’t I?

Ponga Frond

Ponga Frond – you know you’re in NZ when you see one of these

Fern trees

Fern trees

Huka Falls, near Taupo

Huka Falls, near Taupo

Pauanui

Pauanui

Pohutukawa tree

Pohutukawa tree that marks Christmas time in New Zealand

Pukeko bird

Pukeko bird (naughty little things that damage cars if you hit them… by accident)

Cute shops in Tirau

Cute shops in Tirau, near Rotorua

Sunset over Hamilton

Sunset over Hamilton to mark the end of a lovely summers day

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