Mr S had his birthday at the beginning of May, so I pulled out all the stops and booked us on a trip to Kapiti Island. Kapiti Island is a tranquil island bird sanctuary and one of New Zealand’s most accessible nature reserves. It’s a unique visitor experience in a predator-free paradise and access is … More Two go to the Secret Island
I’m not one of those people that wins competitions. Don’t get me wrong, I’m competitive (just ask my in-laws, I don’t think any of them will ever play Trivial Pursuit with me again) but I never get anywhere with competitions, so I let them slowly drift by. However, New Zealand seems to have given me … More Shh, we’ve discovered a camping secret…
Yes, yes, I know. It’s been ages. Sorry about that. Thing is, I’ve started writing a book, so every time I feel like writing, I’ve been doing that instead. But Mr S keeps whinging at me about doing another blog post, and I’ve missed it – so here I am! The biggest thing that happened … More We love visitors!
I’ll start by saying that we had an awesome weekend. We went on a boat trip over to Somes Island, a predator-free scientific reserve in the middle of Wellington Harbour. The weather was gorgeous and we enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine – it was wonderful. So I wasn’t really expecting to come crashing down … More Christmas to Kiwimas
It’s taken me a while to transfer my first bike touring experience from my head to my blog – probably because the emotional scarring has only just started to dissipate and the memories are slightly easier to look back on. For those that don’t know, bike touring is a multi-day ride, when you take everything you … More Bike Touring: My first experience…and my last?
When we first decided to move to New Zealand, we thought about all the many aspects of the move: missing our families, being so cut off from the rest of the world and, if we wanted to deal with earthquakes. As you can read in my previous post about this, it wasn’t something that we … More When the Earth moved: NZ earthquake, Nov 2016
Welcome to part one of my South Island diary! Don’t worry, there are only two parts, so you’re not in this for the long haul. Our family came to visit in August and we planned a Road Trip Extravaganza around the South Island and tried to cram as much into one week as we possibly … More South Island: Part One
Some of our family arrived from the UK last week, and it was very exciting to wait in the airport for them (I made a colourful sign to welcome them, which Mr S was too embarrassed to hold). After taking them on a little tiki tour of the Eastern suburbs in Welly, we started talking … More Top 10 tips to survive long haul flights
I’m in a state of happy euphoria right now, for three reasons (I want to yell “My reasons are threefold!” but this isn’t a Dickens novel, so I’ll just get on with it). It is gorgeously sunny outside with clear blue skies Mr S and I have been together for seven years, so we’re celebrating … More Letting the outside in
We’re only 2 weeks away from welcoming some of our family to New Zealand, and it’s very exciting! I can’t wait to show them our home and the fabulousness that is Wellington. One of the best things we are doing is going to the South Island for a week and travelling about, seeing as much … More Driving the Kiwi way