Tag Archive: coast

Travel moments that sparked joy

When you close your eyes and think of your travels, those happy moments, those places that sparked joy, the smile that the memories create… where are you? Here’s where those moments take me:… 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3 – Fernandina and Isabela Island

The Western Galapagos Islands continued to excite me, despite the incident with the sea urchin…   Fernandina Island on day 5 was incredible. Definitely a highlight for many people on the tour. Back… Continue reading

Cruising Around the Galapagos: Part 2 – Western Isabela Island

Lava rocks, pink flamingos, iguanas and wildlife all around. This is what I came to the Galapagos for. To be honest, the Galapagos wasn’t as abundant in wildlife as I had expected or… 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

Sights of Cape Town

After almost 6 weeks travelling around Africa I had just under a week in Cape Town, staying in an apartment with friends for a few days and then a hostel for a few.… Continue reading

Victoria Falls to Cape Town Tour: The End

It seems fitting that after such a variety of landscapes that our tour ended in an incredible spot in South Africa called Highlanders – a camp ground surrounded by vineyards in South Africa. I… Continue reading

The Cape Fur Seals of Cape Cross

The moment you hit the Skeleton Coast (part of the Atlantic coast down from Angola) you feel the change in temperature. I’m talking about going from wearing shorts and a sleeveless top and feeling hot,… Continue reading

Photo Friday: W is for ‘Wales’

Where do you come from? I may be a Kiwi born and bred, but my grandparents came from Wales and Scotland. I love Scotland, but finding a birth certificate for my visa was… Continue reading

Photography Friday: D is for… Ireland?

Okay I may not have been to any countries beginning with D, but I’ve certainly visited a lot of cities and areas beginning with D. Best example of this were all the amazing… 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

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