• Europe,  New Caledonia

    The 4 Most Romantic Places I’ve Visited

    I have to admit, this year my valentine is myself! And although I’m happily single, I’ve always had a penchant for romantic stories, whether they be in film, book, or music form. To mark this “day of love”, a day…

  • View over rural hills at sunset with a fence in the foreground
    New Zealand

    A Long Weekend in Mangawhai

    Near the end of January lies Auckland Anniversary Day, giving us Aucklanders an amazing three day weekend. This year, some old university friends and I booked a bach about 90 minutes north of Auckland in Magical Mangawhai. I didn’t make that…

  • Gannets flying around their clifftop colony at Muriwai beach.
    New Zealand

    Auckland’s Wild West Coast

    West of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city (but not the capital, mind), lies a coastline made up of beautifully rugged black sand beaches. About a 40 minute drive from the city, Auckland’s west coast beaches have provided the backdrop for…