City of London, Westminster and more

Day three Tower of London Fun facts I learned at the Tower of London: King Henry III had a polar bear which got tied to a long rope so it could go fishing in the Thames They kept snakes there and wrapped them in blankets and put them on the stove so they could be…

A dream come true: UK holiday (part 1)

Day one: I made it! After years of dreaming, months of planning, and hours/days of travel, I made it to London! It only took the tube ride from the airport into central London to confirm what I had suspected for years: that I was going to love this place. I have always thought if I…

Castlepoint

Finally managed to get out here after several years of wanting to go. I’d seen photos and it looked amazing… and it did not disappoint! This place is a serious contender for my new favourite place in the Wellington region. We camped in the camping ground by the beach, ate fish and chips, swam in…

Cloudy nights

After a day of rain in Tauranga it looked like there was enough of a break in the weather to race over and climb the Mount. Being at the top in the middle of a cloud was so surreal – the view I am so familiar with was completely hidden from sight! Back down at…

Hamilton Gardens

There’s something about a garden that feels refreshing for the soul. Each part of the Hamilton Gardens have me thinking that my dream house would have a garden like that – one moment it’s the English (so soft and pretty), the next the Japanese (incredibly tranquil), and then no – it’s the Italian (symmetrical and…

Hawke’s Bay

I recently popped up to Napier for the weekend and left there wondering how I have let the time between visits lapse to years! This is something that should only ever be measured in months, surely. A slightly cloudy morning gave way to a warm afternoon, and by the time we got around to climbing…

Exploring one fine day

At the northern end of Miramar there is a lovely, peaceful spot which is home to the Massey Memorial. The short walkway to the top is easy to miss. The start of it is a little staircase up the bank, and the main telling point it exists is there are a small number of carparks…

South coast sunset

Wellington’s south coast is largely gnarly and rugged. This wild coastline endures having the waves of Cook Strait constantly washing (sometimes pounding) upon it, and if you’ve ever walked along there in a southerly you’ll know you have to be make of strong stuff to withstand it. Despite this harsh sounding environment, when the sun…

Miramar north

With daylight saving ending soon, I feel like I have to make the most of evenings like this by grabbing my camera as soon as I get home from work and going for a little drive. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to venture far to get the most extraordinary sights!

Weekend walks

I’ve been having fun doing a bunch of walks around Wellington recently, and this weekend went out to south Wairarapa with some friends to go exploring. The Putangirua Pinnacles are definitely worth a visit, and when you’ve gone that far, you may as well continue to Cape Palliser at the southern tip of the island….