Staying At A Castle In Matakana – My Top 40 Photos

I was sold pretty much on the name alone: Matakana Castle. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a castle? And given I had a wedding to attend in Matakana (about an hour north of Auckland), the decision was made to turn this into a long weekend. In an upcoming “Room Check” article for the New…

My Top 40 New Zealand Photos 2015-2016

  Here’s a compilation of some of my favourite photos I’ve taken in New Zealand, all of these between 2015-2016. They include images from Dunedin, Rotorua, the Bay Of Islands, Hawke’s Bay, Coromandel, Taupo, Waiheke Island, Waikato, Northland, Wellington, Queenstown, Akaroa, Tekapo, Tauranga and Waitomo. You can follow my travels both domestic and international on…

Hidden, Historic Luxury In The Auckland CBD – Braemar B&B

Braemar Bed & Breakfast, Auckland, NZ. For my girlfriend’s recent birthday I wanted to surprise her with a night somewhere special. Though with “somewhere special” being such a terrific / terrible hospitality cliche, I opted instead for calling my chosen location the much more creative “the secret place”. In the couple of weeks before her…

Waikato’s Stunning Blue Spring – 12 Photos From 1 Of NZ’s Hidden Gems

The Blue Spring, Waikato Said smugly, I’ve been raving on about The Blue Spring in the Waikato for months now. Not like these Johny-Come-Blue-Spring-Latelys at Stuff.co.nz who’ve today asked the question: “Is it NZ’s best kept secret?” Months! Four to be exact. But still, months! Truth be told, like most Kiwis I’d never heard of…

My Top 50 Favourite Photos Of 2015 – A Travel Writer’s Year In Review Including Fiji, Australia, Malaysia & New Zealand

Monkey Bay, Tioman Island, Malaysia. 2015 had me swashbuckling / cramping up embarrassingly through Malaysian jungles, spearfish snorkeling / ripping my swim-shorts in the butt-crack region in Fiji and hiking the lush and rocky landscapes of Victoria’s Grampians National Park. While getting chased by a kangaroo. For every premature self back-pat, something unexpected or awkward…