December 14th: Queenstown and Te Anau

December 14th Sleep, yes, I remember that… I hadn’t banked much sleep that week due to last-minute pre-guest, pre-Christmas preparations: freezing lasagnes, cleaning bathrooms and getting packed for the big pre-Christmas trip. I failed to sleep properly till after my in-laws arrived from the UK on the 13th…around 2am-ish? Tiny woke me at 6.30am the…

NZ travels part 2

And here is part two of our crazy December-January travel extravaganza! More of the same, only post-Christmas food and boozefest. Excellent…and hyperlinks to more detailed posts hopefully coming soon! January 3rd – Auckland to Rotorua High point: White water rafting down the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall (7m) Low point: The fact that it was…

NZ travels part 1

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, I know. But for the last couple of months, I’ve been either planning or enjoying trips around NZ with various family who were over for the festive period. And all that fun was combined with hosting Christmas and New Year here. If Martha Stewart opened a travel…

Auckland Days Out: Rangitoto Island

I’ve been gazing at it daily from our window since we arrived. I’ve seen it shrouded in cloud and soaked in sunshine. But last week I finally got around to making the journey to Rangitoto Island. It’s one of several Hauraki Gulf islands which nestle in the curve of Auckland’s sprawl along the mainland. It…

Have baby, will travel: 1 year on

29th October, 2013 Globetrotting tot turned 1 this week. Where did that year go? The stats of his life so far shape up like this: 5 months in Taiwan 5 months in the UK (England and Wales – roughly half and half) 2 months in New Zealand I’m very proud of my little world traveller.…

Hiking Lullabies

22nd October, 2013 Like most new mums I’ve spent a fair few hours rocking back and forth with a small person who refuses to sleep. It doesn’t happen so much now, fair enough, but I’ve done my time. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if women with children have, on average, slightly longer arms than…

Beer and Waterfalls

The key ingredients for a lovely day we spent a couple of weeks ago October 19th, 2013 New Zealand is famous for its wine: the NZ sauvignon blancs made ordering a ‘savvy b’ the IN thing to do for a time back home (dahling), the pinot noirs are just divine and the chardonnay doesn’t taste…