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On Wednesday I make the trip to NYC for what I am sure is going to be an awesome urban adventure. After my two days of blog enlightenment at The Blogcademy I will be spending the entire next week exploring the city and her boroughs, weeding out a collection of creative kiwis and aussies who are hunting success. I am REALLY excited about the series of interviews I have called “Fly the Coop: NYC”  and hope that you will find them as inspiring as I am sure I will. Australians and New

The pic above is one I snapped a week or so ago, looking across Lake Wanaka on a hazy winters day. I am almost at the end of the first week of the ski season at Treble Cone -Murphys Law has struck me down with a mean cold/cough/temp/gross thing to coincide nicely with the busy time and my managers departure. Uptown problems my friends but nonetheless it has been a challenge to tick all the boxes and yet again the blog seemed to slide. All health boosters are out so

Apologies for the radio silence everyone. I just dashed off for a 4 day sales trip around the lower South Island for work and between laziness on Sunday night and lack of internet on Monday night I have’nt done much blogging! So if you have a second this morning, nip of to the SH Facebook page and check out the album of shots I snapped from my car as I skipped over the Southern Alps to visit the West Coast, then back again to get home. Hope it conveys what

I thought I would just share a couple of pics with you from our magical Saturday afternoon. It just so happened to be my dear friend Andy’s birthday and mother nature declared a crystal clear winters day in celebration. We clambered aboard the sturdy “Hannah Mary” and proceeded at a graceful “chug” around Lake Wanaka. Some celebratory bubbles were broken open and we sucked up the crisp snowy mountain air. Living in a small lakeside town sure has its benefits.

No kidding…you should. Originally an attraction for it’s gold mining potential, the rugged dry environment surrounding Clyde is now home to stone fruit orchards and vineyards. In the last few years some forward thinking locals have begun to restore and develop the old central stores, creating a beautiful little historical precinct. A lovely place for lunch and an afternoon wander I would also recommend checking out the beautiful little renovated B&B’s.

Here is a run down of just some of the stops I made in Auckland last weekend.  Having spent so little time up there since I moved south 6 years ago I saw the city through new interested eyes and woah….there has been some awesomeness taking place! The waterfront areas closest to the city have come alive with bars, restaurants, shops and public areas that seem to be thriving. Exciting interior fit outs, divine food and clever use of old forgotten spaces. I was buzzing! A lazy Saturday morning visit

WHAT: my lovely little 3 bedroom rented house where I spend many hours a week researching blog content, mostly with my feet up on that day bed. WHERE: the incredibly special small town of Wanaka, which mixes its country roots with sweeping natural beauty that has it firmly listed as a world renown tourist destination. WHO: I share the flat with two very awesome flatmates, Prue and Jase who have kindly taken on the task of living with Horangi, a large tiger-like feline with an abnormal personality and insatiable hunger.

I’ve never given you guys an official run down of my trip to Japan in January when I well and truly ditched you all for a little while! (sure you didn’t miss SH thaaaat much !!) It was definitely a once in a life time tour that not only combined an awesome crew of my friends but my first experience of being part of a specific media visit that involved A LOT of scheduling! We shot film and photos across 4 ski resorts in Nagano and as part of my membership

Well my peeps I am off on an adventure. Today I am getting on to plane in Auckland then on to Tokyo on Saturday as part of a very cool trip organised by my talented friend and photographer Camilla (those are some previous pics of Japan by her above)  As part of a the job she has for the Nagano Tourism Board she needed to recruit some “talent” (haha!) for her ski shots and just so happened that a writer would be a handy addition too! So lucky lucky me

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