• 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, these beaches have provided the backdrop for renowned film…