New Zealand

North Head & Devonport

Devonport & North Head


When we lived in Auckland North Head was one of my favourite spots to take visitors to get a perspective on the city from up high.  I know you can get higher in the sky tower but this is a better view and it’s all…

Ambury Park

Ambury Park in Auckland


You may not have heard of Ambury Park.  It’s an Auckland Regional Park located on the shores of the Manukau Harbour and only a 30 minute drive from the city or 10 minutes from the Airport.  It’s also a working farm, a good picnic spot, has…

Muriwai Beach

Muriwai Beach in Auckland


Auckland city is built around the Waitemata harbour with its beautiful city and north shore beaches.  When we lived there I loved its clean sparkling water, white sand, generally safe swimming and generous scattering of islands to visit.  The downside for me with Auckland beaches…

Monkey at Auckland Zoo

A day in Auckland Zoo


We usually try to incorporate a wildlife experience of some sort into our travels and Auckland Zoo has always been excellent so we took the chance to get back there on our recent visit to New Zealand.  The Zoo was an early adopter of the…

Christmas Lights |

The best Auckland Christmas Lightup


Whether at home or travelling I like to take a drive or walk in the evenings to enjoy the Christmas lights.  If you’re in Auckland, New Zealand this Christmas then the best Auckland Christmas lightup is on Franklin Road.  That’s just off Ponsonby Road which…