Hiking Taupo’s Treacherous Mt Tauhara

View across mountain to Lake Taupo

If you’re after a day walk near Taupo, Mt Tauhara is the perfect track. Creeping up dirt crevasse, and trudging through sludgy mud – all in a 2 hour trek.

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Titirangi Village on the Verge of Heaven

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Gazing out across the dewey mountain vista, calm tides and late sun frame the view. Only the faint shuffling of passersby, or clinking cafe cups interrupt the mood.

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Meeting Mum Halfway In Sydney

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A recent vacation in Sydney helped me reconnect with my Mum. Sometimes there’s things I forget about her, but today is a day to remember. Happy Mother’s Day Mum!

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The Love Locked Corner of Auckland

Friends admire Auckland's love lock along the waterfront

The love lock trend from Europe has finally made it to Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. We rode from the Lightpath down to the Waterfront to see what all the fuss was about. Check out where to find the locks and if your’s features in our blog.

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What is it about a mug?

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I’d never intended to be one of those people who feel obliged to collect cheap and meaningless souvenirs from my travels, but as I recalled the small gathering of mugs scattered throughout the house, I wondered if I’d fallen into this behaviour more naturally.

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Wellington’s Best Brunch & Lunch Spots

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Wellington is setting the bar high with capital culinary experiences. Try French toast with Nutella mousse and orange caramel, or classic hummus and haloumi. These are just a few of the best brunches and lunches to enjoy on your next voyage to the capital. 

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Jim Beam Homegrown Festival 2018

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Jim Beam Homegrown is Wellington’s annual one day festival celebrating the best of New Zealand music along our capital’s waterfront. 2018 performers included Shapeshifter, Elemenop and Savage. Get a feel for the festival and find out what to pack for this wicked event on the waterfront.

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Splore Festival Mystic Ritual 2018

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Imagine a mini Coachella, with wicked art installations and inspiring international performers. See more from my first time at Splore now.

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Auckland’s Ultimate Visitors Guide

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Dumped on Auckland’s Queen Street, it can be hard to imagine how this sprawling urban metropolis has earned its place among the worlds most liveable cities. As a proud local I know the essence of Auckland lives just outside our central business district, so let me take you on a tiki-tour around my favourite big little city.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving In New Zealand

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At the opposite end of the earth Kiwis and Americans are celebrating Thanksgiving together. So how does one celebrate an American tradition in a sub-tropical climate? And what are Kiwis thankful for? Take a peep to find out.

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