Day 22: Take a sweet walk

Sweet as. That’s how I would describe the walk I did today around the Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.  Set on the site of the historic Chelsea Sugar Factory (can’t miss the big pink building as look across the Waitemata Harbour), the estate covers approximately 45 hectares of bush, trees, birdlife, ponds and walkways. My friend…

Day 5: Get wet!

  We are so lucky to live on an island in the South Pacific.  We have easy access to beaches and waterways and usually do not have to drive far to access water.  Given the dry spell we’ve been experiencing lately, a planned or spontaneous trip to the beach is a must!  Just remember to…

My ferry has been my fairy

As a true-blue Aucklander and JAFA, I can staunchly say that my car has been a core part of my adult existence.  With all of Auckland’s bumps, hills, roads that make no sense, and rapidly growing population, I have always used my car (currently named ‘X-Man’) to go everywhere, even when venturing into the busy…

Cake by the ocean

I recently returned from a ten day boat cruise up to New Caledonia and Vanuatu and the experience totally exceeded my expectations.  It was like a whole new (water) world was opened up to me! My partner and I were fortunate to travel with P&O’s Pacific Pearl, the beloved New Zealand-based ship going through it’s final…

I sold a Chupa Chup to Anthony Kiedis

I am loving the current ‘Summer Job’ series in the New Zealand Herald where well-known New Zealanders including Dai Henwood, Andrew Little, Polly Gillespie, Metiria Turei and Owen Franks share what they did for their summer job. More often than not, these jobs during their high-school and University days are far from glamorous, sometimes interesting, often…

Beach daze

Happy New Year everyone! It’s summertime in New Zealand and I’ve happily grown accustomed to the smell of SPF30 sunscreen, BBQ’d meat, and sea air. Beaches are readily accessible from Auckland, so yesterday I ventured out to Tapapakanga Beach on the South Eastern side of Auckland (it also acts of the home of the Splore…