Tag Archive: beach

Nouméa: Colourful Peaceful Island Life

When one part of your life comes to an end and another is set to begin, what better way to disconnect than jumping across to French Polynesia for a long weekend? After finding… Continue reading

Sights of Summer

As winter gave way at the end of 2018 in New Zealand, the sunshine tried to open up and eventually brought on lovely flowers, birds and landscapes to enjoy. Below are a few… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

Kayak and Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park

The birds were deafening as we kayaked up to the little island in Abel Tasman National Park. Seals played by the rocks and the birds sang their hearts out. I don’t think I’ve… Continue reading

Travelling to the Bay of Islands

Imagine waking up, strolling 50m to a coffee shop for a large flat white (Kiwi classic) and proceeding down another 50m to the beach. Sand, water, islands and just the sound of the… Continue reading

One Year. 20 Locations. A year of memories

On this day last year I left my home of almost 5 years, London, to begin a world adventure and return to my homeland of New Zealand. It’s hard to believe it’s been… Continue reading

Getting out of Auckland City: Piha and Kitekite Waterfalls

In need of a break like me? Stuck inside job hunting and researching 9-5 isn’t much fun, so I recently opted to take the day out and head out of Auckland City to… Continue reading

Noticing Nature at Mt. Maunganui

Just over a week ago I had the pleasure of visiting one of my favourite places on earth, a spot of stunning nature near where I grew up: Mt. Maunganui. This was the… Continue reading

One month anniversary back in New Zealand

Yes, one month ago today I landed early morning on a rainy day in Auckland where my sister met me (and my cold) with open arms. One month has flown by. I spent… Continue reading

Puerto Viejo and Cahuita National Park, Costa Rica

During my last days in Costa Rica I ventured down the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to meet the beaches, wildlife and… the wet season. That’s right the wet season. This affected my… Continue reading

Seeking wildlife in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Sloths, check. Monkeys, check. Racoons, check. Iguanas, check. Birds, check. Beaches, check.  After a bit of a disappointing trip to La Fortuna/Arenal (was super expensive to do tours and not much else there),… Continue reading

Sailing through the San Blas Islands on the Nacar 2

Pristine beaches. White sand. Crystal clear blue and green waters. Palm trees everywhere. The San Blas are a real beach paradise. As I farewelled Colombia and South America I boarded a catamaran boat to… Continue reading

Caribbean Coast of Colombia: Cartagena and Tayrona National Park

If colour, heat and beaches is what you’re after then the Caribbean Coast of Colombia won’t disappoint! Flying into Cartagena, the first thing that hits you as you get off the plane is… Continue reading

Santa Cruz, Galapagos

More iguanas, tortoises, a pier that lights up at night, sea lions that laze about and some white sand beaches. Santa Cruz is an expensive, but nice spot to stay in the Galapagos.… Continue reading

Cruising Around the Galapagos: Part 4 – Rabida, Santiago and Baltra Islands

Santiago Island Walking on moon-like rocks to creep up on the playful Galapagos fur sea lions you feel like you’re a long way from home… or at least I did. The fur sea… Continue reading

Cruising around the Galapagos: Part 1 – Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands

Put together 16 random people from all over the world on a first class boat for 7 days. It could go one way or the other. In our case it was a fantastic… Continue reading

Visiting San Cristobal island in the Galapagos

Red, Blue and Nazca Boobies – birds that is. Male Red Frigate birds with their bright red chest ballooned out. Green, Grey and Leatherback turtles. All just a few of the amazing wildlife… Continue reading

Heading up the coast of Peru

Sand Dunes, fancy cities and swimming with turtles – what more could you want? Gone were the ruins, onwards to sea level (no altitude issues) and sunshine. First up was Huacachina, then onwards… Continue reading

Whales, seals, penguins, all in a day at Peninsula Valdes

Just a few minutes out from shore and we’re surrounded. All around us are families of Southern Right Whales. From babies (that are still massive) to super long mothers. These whales bob up… Continue reading

Day Trips from Cape Town, South Africa

Wine, incredible landscapes, chocolate, boutique shops. Penguins, lighthouses, mountains. All the incredible sights I saw during a few days trips out from Cape Town. Visiting the wineries of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch South Africa, like New… Continue reading

The final Photography Friday! Z is for New ‘Zealand’

Aotearoa. New Zealand. The land of the long white cloud. My home. I think it is fitting that I end my Photography Friday alphabet series with my home: New Zealand. By now you’ll… Continue reading

Photography Friday: P is for ‘Portugal’

Medieval castles, beachy culture, cobbled streets, fantastic food and a relaxed lifestyle. Oh and the sunshine. Yes. SUNSHINE! That’s right, this week’s Photography Friday takes us to sunny Portugal! Enjoy a taste of… Continue reading

Getting a beach and fish n’ chip fix in England

Anyone who knows me well, will know how much I miss the beaches in New Zealand. So, whenever I get an opportunity to see and smell fresh ocean air I jump at the… Continue reading

Photography Friday: C is for ‘Croatia’

Sun, blue skies, pebbles, clear waters, what more could a traveller want? (Okay, maybe sand instead of pebbles and some fish n’ chips) This week’s ‘Photography Friday’ takes us back to Europe and… Continue reading

Six Years of Easter in different cities around the world

Its Good Friday and I’m currently in Moscow, Russia, reflecting on where I’ve spent the last six Easters… it’s always been a good excuse to check out another city for the traveller in me!… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 27: Oia, Santorini, Greece

Another done is done, another incredible sunset in Greece, from another incredible spot – Oia Greece is so relaxing and every day I was there, no matter the location, a beautiful sunset was… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 15: Herne Bay, England

Blue skies, colourful beach houses in a very English row on little stones. Herne Bay in England is the location for today’s Photo of the Day. Over the last year I’ve focused a… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 14: Oia, Greece

Imagine Greece. What do you see? Greek salads? White washed buildings with blue tops? Coastal delights? Last year I finally managed to reach a destination that I’d been wanting to visit for years:… Continue reading

Photo of the Day, March 08: Coumeenole Beach, Ireland

Ireland brings happiness, beauty, colour and great Guinness. It’s no surprise to anyone when I say I miss the beach. While travelling around the lovely Ireland, with its incredibly friendly people I was… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

A Cathedral, Canals and Coastline

Smelling fish as you wander along a stony beach may be appetizing for some, but this smell drifts all across the coastal path and through the township. Lovely. Only one thing for it:… Continue reading