Omanawanui Track

Auckland anniversary calls for another adventure and to get out and explore our very own backyard. After all might as well celebrate the city we live in by getting out of it – right? This track is another west beaut and is regarded as one of the “secret” jewels of the west – as I am … More Omanawanui Track

Goat Island

This place is truely one of the many gems of Auckland! Just over an hours drive up North this summer go-to and semi roadie is an absolute must. I’ve made the trip multiple times in the past year or so and it has never dissapointed. It’s a pretty awesome Marine Reserve nearby Leigh and is … More Goat Island

Tuna Rice Salad

First blog post for the year and we’re already in mid January – so as you can guess it’s been a pretty busy few; relaxing on holidays harder than you think as is getting back into the swing of things when you return to work! But 2 and a half weeks and I think we’re … More Tuna Rice Salad

Koh Samui

We’ve been back in NZ for a few months and to finish off the Travel log I have one last post on Koh Samui and the beach destination of our 3 week trip! Boy its a thrownback to the bliss of doing nothing! Christmas is coming up, theres lots going on at work and I’m getting … More Koh Samui

Chiang Mai

Fairly quickly you could tell we were in a new country, and a more developed one at that. It’s been just over a month since the king passed away in Thailand, and with a years morning period there are still ribbons and memborance are everywhere. Thankfully the roads here are less chaotic and they drive … More Chiang Mai

Hanoi Spring Rolls

Spring rolls are a traditional Vietnamese small plate and are found in almost every restaurant you go to. The food in the South of the Vietnam differs from the North in terms of technique, ingredients and flavours. Each region does the Spring roll both fried and fresh however they each put their own unique twist … More Hanoi Spring Rolls

Ha Long Bay

To end the 10 day tour of Vietnam we spend a evening in the middle of Ha Long Bay, one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. This place is magical and just as I had imagined. Going in mid November we were lucky to get a calm night which wasn’t too cold and … More Ha Long Bay

Hanoi

Our final destination in Vietnam and back to the city hustle and bustle after the peaceful Hoi An. With 8 million people it was to be expected there would be chaos in the city centre. We had stunning weather the entire time although the locals seemed to be under the impression it was autumn going … More Hanoi

Hoi An

A quick 40 minute drive south from Da Nang and we were in a little slice of Vietnamese paradise. This little town is absolutely stunning and my favourite place to date. In fact I’m not sure I can really do the beauty of this little town any justice and would highly recommend you make the … More Hoi An

Da Nang

Next stop was at the third largest city of Vietnam, Da Nang. Instantly it was quieter. Arriving at 8pm we found ourselves at the hotel local for a small bite and a cocktail (or two) and when cocktails are less than $4NZD why the heck not! Already we were loving it.   Our first day … More Da Nang

Ho Chi Minh

After 3 flights, a few hours in stopovers, some movies and eating horrific plane food we arrived safely in Ho Chi Minh city in one piece, bags included. Customs was a breeze and as soon as we left the air conditioned airport we were in for a shock. We’re not in NZ anymore. With temperatures … More Ho Chi Minh

Fairy Falls

This ones a throwback to when the sun and out in Auckland a few weeks back and the second time I’ve done this walk. In fact, the first was the afternoon of moving up to Auckland almost a year ago. Wow it’s amazing how quickly time flies, could have swore it was only the other … More Fairy Falls

Tongariro Crossing

Last weekend (Labour weekend) was spent with the extended fam bam down in Taupo for a good old fashioned re-union. Aside from a few car dramas before arriving (I’ve learnt a lot about my car this weekend!!) and the shortage of ripe avocados it was a fab weekend and great to see everyone once again. … More Tongariro Crossing