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This is quite a meaty post but I hope to offer you all an insight into the Bali that I saw over my three weeks AND the one that skirts the sparkly resorts and packed shopping streets! While I was SO lucky to find myself absorbed in the daily life of those clever NZ/AUS creative brands that I was visiting, I found that I was having a totally different experience to friends that had been before. I was asked if I had been to “this” beach club or “that” bar…and

In early March I was in The Catlins with a gaggle of 19 girls on one of the more exciting “Hen’s Parties” I’ve been to but totally appropriate for adventuring females arriving from all corners of the world! Its mystical name suits its remote and wild location, right at the verrrrrrry bottom South Eeast corner of the South Island. We had decided to book 3 houses in Curio Bay, something I had done before, however, in contrast to the last visit, the weather was amazing. The area is so exposed its

Following on from my travels further South, I boosted from my parents place in North Canterbury before dawn and jumped back on State Highway 1 heading north. Timing was bang on to crest the windy Hundalee range and see the rose gold sun creeping up along the Kaikoura Coast. I took some time out to lap it all in and was rewarded with seeing a SUPER POD (my words….it was enormous!!) of dolphins frolicking parallel to shore. See! The super pod of dolphins above?? ……   I then headed on

Last Monday I flew back to Auckland after two weeks on the road interviewing, exploring, consulting and driving from Queenstown through to Wellington. This of course didn’t happen in a straight line and today I wanted to share some snaps I caught on the first part of my solo roady.   After chatting with the team at Jucy about my plans, I was excited to pick up a new addition to their fleet of cars and vans in Queenstown – the Styla (or as I like to call it; “the grunty

Owner Rae Ellis stands at the lakeside entrance of Vudu – not pictured are owner’s Michelle Freeman and Chris Vile ……. Vudu Cafe + Larder has rapidly become one of Queenstown’s most popular coffee and food spots… for good reason. The locals are loyal followers of the fresh and delicious daily offerings while it doesn’t take long for visitors to be drawn in the doors by the cool industrial vintage interior and general great buzz! The morning I snuck in a visit, I had to dodge the steady stream of

“Miritu” – Bay of Many Coves, Marlborough Sounds, South Island. NZ. …… So this is the first of 3 posts that I have put together to share the adventure of a wedding we had for my younger sister, Caroline and my new Tasmanian brother-in-law; Simon. Caroline and Simon had decided on the beautiful Marlborough Sounds as the location for their nuptials for many reasons – this is where we have come for family holidays our whole lives, so many guests were travelling from so far it felt important to offer

In a follow up to my interview with Raglan based WRW + Co. last week and the next terrific local maker I will share in early January, I wanted to give you an easy to consume peek into what I saw of that special coastal town. For those of you that haven’t been, Raglan is set at the end of its own road. You don’t pass through this place, you make a firm decision to visit it. There is a nostalgic, rural kiwi vibe to the small town which mostly

For the duration of our 3 night stay in Sydney we spent our afternoons and evenings with the most hospitable and awesome; Rachael Oakes-Ash in her ridge top haven between Avalon and Bilgola beaches. I’d never been past Manly so the daily drive back from the city was a bit of a revelation! A whole different world exists up there nestled in pockets of bush, national park and a simply amazing coastline. I spotted whales spouting, woke up to furiously chattering kookaburras, fence scampering ring tailed possums and enjoyed all

Last weekend I hopped the Tasman with two girlfriends, assuming my position as bridesmaid support for a focused wedding dress hunt! Armed with a rental car we whipped around Sydney throwing the bride through the door of many beautiful bridal studio’s and of course making time for important shop browsing and beach adventuring. It’s always amazing how your eyes seem so much more “open” when in a new city – the architecture, vibe and quirks of neighbourhoods that you fail to take in at home. I had an ABSOLUTE blast

I was lucky enough to have an interview take me out into the rural belt of farmland just bordering the rugged West Coast yesterday. That was a refreshing detour from the city in itself! But with time on my side and just 10 minutes of curly road between me and the wild Muriwai beach I decided that was probably the best use of a Wednesday afternoon. I hope you enjoy the pictures from this beautiful coastal haven. I’d only been out there once before and had forgotten how lush the drive

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