Whangarei – Whakapapa – Wellington

Whangarei – Whakapapa – Wellington

Boatyard Bonkersness So far, we have shared where we have been and what we have seen in New Zealand, but not what we have been doing on the boat. And we have been doing a lot of stuff: New cockpit windows New cockpit upholstery Cockpit cover repairs Sail repairs and...
Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens

Hamilton Gardens Hamilton Gardens is a gem of a place – 54 hectares of themed gardens, some classical and some stark-raving bonkers. We spent a few hours here stumbling around and coming across these visual treats. There’s not much to say here –...
Hobbiton

Hobbiton

Hobbiton “I’m going on an adventure!” – Bilbo Baggins And to get to our adventure, we stepped aboard a coach at the tourist office in Matamata. Our driver, who had the rare privilege of being an extra in the films, provided commentary, and so...
Rotorua

Rotorua

Rotorua The sulphurous pong of Rotorua assaulted our nostrils as soon as we got near the city centre. After parking the car in a relatively odour-free multi-story, we set off on a hunt to find the source of the smell. We found it near the government gardens, where...
Kerikeri and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Kerikeri and Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Kawakawa Just one week after messing around at the All Blacks Experience, we were off again – this time up north towards Kerikeri. On the way to Kerikeri, just off Highway One (think more A33 than M1), the lovely town of Kawakawa offers a scenic break and the...
Auckland and The All Blacks

Auckland and The All Blacks

All Blacks Experience A trip to New Zealand wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Blacks, at least in some form. So, after landing at Auckland airport after a visit to the UK, we drove to the city to see the All Blacks Experience through four bleary eyeballs....