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Hidden Island 35!

Friday, 20 Sep 2019 | Views [195]

Another milestone birthday it is for me today. I'm 35, believe it or not. My tradition of going to a special place continued today as Craig Smith and a couple of his mates, Karen and Mike, and I would jump aboard his fishing boat and cruise across Lake ... Read more >

Rakiura Track

Friday, 19 Oct 2018 | Views [379]

Nearly 10 years ago to the day I was first here, I've returned to Stewart Island. 42 countries and seven continents later, it remains one of my favourite places on Earth. It's more difficult to see a kiwi in the wild than it is to see a koala, but it ... Read more >

Photos: Rakiura Track

Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018 | Photo Gallery

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NZ Wilderness Misadventure

Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 | Views [694] | Comments [1]

New Zealand is such a gorgeous place, and that's part of why it's my favourite country. I love tramping (hiking, to you folk from the rest of the world) and I've done many fabulous walks both in NZ and elsewhere. My favourite walk in all of NZ is the ... Read more >

Photos: Dynamo Hut Track

Monday, 9 Oct 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Dynamo Hut

Monday, 9 Oct 2017 | Views [723]

In just a few days I'm leaving for LA and in less than two weeks I'll be in Chile! My annual winter Queenstown sojourn is winding down, and I wanted to do one more spectacular thing before leaving for my next big adventure. Earlier in the season I was ... Read more >

A Drone named Juliette

Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 | Views [721]

New Zealand is the perfect country for drone photography! Most of Queenstown is regarded as restricted airspace and it's difficult to pinpoint whether drones are allowed or not, or if there's a grey area. As a result I've had to fly with caution. ... Read more >

My Latest Photographic Medium

Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Views [504] | Comments [2]

This past week has been extremely difficult for me. In addition to dealing with a bad cold, my mother has been in hospital with liver failure. The other day I barely left my flat at all: probably the first time I've spent an entire day in Queenstown ... Read more >

Aotearoa, Sweet Home

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Views [534]

For the past few weeks I've been in Queenstown again...a place I absolutely love with the Remarkables, abundant snow, and gorgeous lakefront. After visiting my family and feeling rejuvinated in Pennsylvania by staying at the home of good ol' mum, I was ... Read more >

Photos: Wairarapa

Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Role of Tour Guide

Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Views [525]

Today I was a tour guide to, believe or not, my sister's best friend from kindergarten. Dannielle and Danielle (notice the spelling difference) were inseparable as little girls and we always knew the latter as "Danielle R." A few weeks ago I successfully ... Read more >

Photos: Ben Lomond Track

Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Like Fishing

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 | Views [656]

"Hitchhiking is like fishing: sometimes you get a big catch, sometimes you get a small catch, yet sometimes you get no catch." Those were the words of a Maori fella who picked me up outside of Napier last year. There couldn't be a better analogy because ... Read more >

Carrot Capital

Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Views [1560]

Greetings in orange! That's because I'm in Ohakune: NZ's "carrot capital." A giant carrot greets people as you enter the town, and large bags of carrots are for sale at dairies and petrol station. These past few visits to New Zealand I've mostly been ... Read more >

Photos: Central Plateau

Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Lake Hayes

Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | Views [675]

Queenstown can get really hectic after awhile, both on the streets and in your mind. Thankfully there's a plethora of easy escapes from New Zealand's most popular tourist town. Clyde, as well as the various tramping tracks near Glenorchy are my favourites ... Read more >

ChCh to QT

Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | Views [576]

Christchurch to Queenstown that is! I've done the journey a million times yet I never get tired of it as the drive is considered one of the world's most beautiful. Yesterday I caught up with a good friend, Doug Jacques. Six years ago I met him in Queenstown ... Read more >

Jordan & Anna

Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | Views [562]

It seems that no matter where I go in this world, I always end up back in New Zealand. I'm back now for what could be an annual winter sojourn to Queenstown. This time I flew from Melbourne to Christchurch. In all the time I've been in Australia and ... Read more >

Photos: Katikati

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Geocaching and Katikati

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | Views [771]

It would take me only two lifts to get to Tauranga and another couple of short lifts to get to Katikati, the only Ulster settlement outside of Ireland. A group of Ulster Scots came from County Tyrone, and settled in Katikati in 1875. I'm Irish yet I ... Read more >

Patagonia Chocolates

Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Views [2034]

Fergburger gets all the attention here in Queenstown; travellers are constantly told "you have to try a Fergburger." However, there's another place that's ten times better. Patagonia is where I call in nearly every day for a hot chocolate! They are the ... Read more >

Queenstown Hill Panorama

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Views [909]

Since I left Norfolk Island two months ago I've been busy not doing much! I can't believe I haven't written anything in over two months! I'm on the cusp of a major journey that shall take me to a special place, a childhood dream, the top of a mountain, ... Read more >

Ski Town this is NOT!

Saturday, 10 May 2014 | Views [1200]

Arriving back in West Auckland before my "visa holiday" I'm back in a sense of "normality". I'm not sure if I've ever told you about my friend Erica. We met in Australia back in '07 and I've met up with her a few times on this journey. She lives ... Read more >

Freezing Thumb

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Views [687]

"If I were you I would have left earlier, rather than later, you don't want to get stuck in Twizel at 4 AM" advised Craig. It was pissing down rain all morning and I misinterpreted his text when he said "it's not due to clear up today." He offered me ... Read more >

Photos: Mount Aspiring National Park

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Anzac Day

Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | Views [718]

It's time to wear my poppy proudly and make biscuits. Why? It's Anzac Day. 25 April is commemorated each year for soldiers of the Australia & New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and their service in various wars but most famously for their landing at ... Read more >

Photos: Mount Cook Village

Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | Photo Gallery

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My Book Cover

Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | Views [889]

As I slathered a glob of freshly-made pesto onto sourdough bread with my morning cuppa, I had thoughts on my plan for today: return to the Mt. Arthur Lookout. Years ago I went with an Israeli girl and I fell in love with the view (though not as much ... Read more >

Photos: Golden Bay

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Linwood & the Digbys

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | Views [833]

No, the Digbys don't live in Linwood. They live in Tawa, an outer suburb of Wellington. Shannon & Rob Digby along with little Olivia and Isaac are my latest CouchSurfing hosts. They're my fifth hosts in the Wellington area, and I've ended up in the ... Read more >

Waiheke Euphoria

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 | Views [820] | Comments [1]

With a deep sense of euphoria, I climbed the stairs on the ferry. On top of the life rafts I stood, arms outstretched, tea bottle in hand, head high, breathing deeply. In my head I was screaming "I'm on top of the world!!!" For several minutes I just ... Read more >

Art Deco, wine, & sunshine

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Views [1106]

Napier is the world's Art Deco capital. Welcome! Yesterday I got a lift to CouchSurfer Dave's house, but I'll share more about him later (don't get me wrong though, because he's one of the best guys you could ever meet and CouchSurf with). I got a lift ... Read more >

Photos: Napier

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | Photo Gallery

Art deco, wine, and sunshine
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Greatness personified

Sunday, 16 Feb 2014 | Views [921]

It started with a dream. It was a short dream of me walking onto the farm unexpected. Excitement abound, Nikki gave me the biggest hug and the nicest smile, and she was the happiest to see me. Then it was back to reality. I woke up crying; crying because ... Read more >

Busy in "Gissy"

Sunday, 9 Aug 2009 | Views [1294]

After four months in the most touristed area of NZ, I find myself in Gisborne, or "Gissy" as it's often called. The eastern half of the North Island probably has the smallest concentration of tourists in the entire country. There's a very ... Read more >

Tags: culture

Photos: East Coast

Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

Gisborne and the eastern half of the North Island. The greatest presence of Maori influence is in this region
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Rees-Dart Track

Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Views [6671]

             Conditions really deteriorated since last night when it wasn’t too cold and I could see the stars but this morning it was very cold and gloomy, like it was on the verge of rain. Anyways, I packed up my tent and all my other stuff and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, nature, tramping, wilderness

Photos: Rees-Dart Track

Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

A 5-day, 4-night physically demanding walk through the deep New Zealand wilderness but the breathtaking views more than make up for the hard work of getting there! This is my favourite track in the country.
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Mt. Arthur Lookout

Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Views [1441]

I’ve spent four nights in Ngatimoti now, and I certainly felt better today than I did yesterday. This morning I woke up at 9:45 AM and washed up. Last night I had a dream that I was stranded in Sao Paulo. I was ready for a walk up to Mt. Arthur ... Read more >

Photos: Motueka

Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Motueka and the top of the North Island. I stayed at the best farm around!
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