Tekapo to Arrowtown

This post picks up after my one about Christchurch. After we left there, we headed south through Makenzie country, eventually ending up in Queenstown – but for now let me share with you the part of the trip from Tekapo to Arrowtown… Tekapo: Love, love, love the Church of the Good Shepherd which sits overlooking the…

A ghost town and yet a hive of activity

Below are a few pictures I took when I was in Christchurch recently. I could not believe what it was like walking around the city centre. Everywhere you looked you all you would see are signs of construction. If you looked upwards, you would see numerous cranes towering above. If you looked lower down you’d…

Wellington’s south coast looking swell

They say you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and I they are absolutely right. When I woke up one especially good day I knew it called for a little jaunt to find a coffee, and a spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine and a view of some sort. Lyall Bay seemed like an…

Summer at the lakes

Another year over, a new one just begun – hard to believe really! (How many times have you heard people say this in the last week?) Although what I actually find harder to believe is that just a couple of months ago I was living in Sydney. That feels just like a dream now, or…

The quiet side of Wellington harbour

It is quite exciting having a whole new city to explore – and a car to go exploring in! (Something I didn’t have in Sydney and so restricted my explorations over there). I had heard Eastbourne was a cute little town and only about a half an hour drive from Wellington city, so on a…

Behind the scenes at Modern Wedding

Here’s a little look at some of the things which I got up to while working at Modern Wedding. I loved going along to some of the beautiful locations and making behind-the-scenes videos of the fashion shoots. They made for fun days out of the office and a good chance to see all the effort…

Last days in Aussieland

The time has come for me to return home to the motherland! I am super excited to be going home, but am also thankful for the opportunities, experiences I’ve had and experience I’ve gained, and the people I have met in my time in Australia. I had no idea what was going to happen or…

In The Grounds of Alexandria

When it is a wet weekend, going out for coffee is clearly the logical and best option for entertainment. Thanks to the local knowledge of a flatmate (who has a car), I got to venture to the other side of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and discover The Grounds of Alexandria – what a neat place!…

Magical autumn

Autumn! I had forgotten how pretty it was. I had completely forgotten all about the wondrous change in colour that the deciduous trees go through each year. It wasn’t until I was back visiting New Zealand last month that I realised the small pocket of Sydney I move in must mainly contain evergreen trees. It was a…

That day royalty came to Manly…

I had spent about a week seeing snippets of happy news from back home of the Royal Tour throughout New Zealand and thinking it must have been such a fun atmosphere having them in the country. I also spent the week wishing, like many women around the globe, that I could own every outfit that Kate wore!…

February, and Marching on.

It is now over a year since I first came to Australia. The most common response I get when I tell people that I turned up here without a job, permanent place to live, or really anything lined up, is “wow you are so brave to do that!”. Well, I never felt like it was…