Kapiti Island: magic and myth

Rare birds and native forest make this New Zealand island famous, but even paradise can have a bloody and mythical past…

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My week in Wellington: what to do

A paradise for anyone who loves a city with soul, Wellington makes a big first impression. Here’s my favourite things to do in the capital of New Zealand…

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Back to back winter

Having chased the snow from France to Queenstown, how does a New Zealand ski season compare?

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Rosie goes walking… in summer snow

When I returned from my UK Christmas break in early January, I had no idea Queenstown was in the middle of one of the worst summers on record. Instead, I headed straight outside for my first summer’s walk in over 18 months. I was in for a surprise.

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How not to do a half-marathon: a guide

As I battled pride over pain for 13 torturous miles, I put together a little guide for anyone wanting to do an endurance race. Take it from me, here’s what you really don’t want to do…

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New Zealand by night

Ok, we know New Zealand is pretty darn gorgeous, that’s old news. But when the sun goes down, the universe explodes into a peacock show of preening glory. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again…

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Friends in high places

I’m sitting in the pilot seat of a $2billion NASA plane, staring at the hundreds of flashing buttons in horror, Dr Chris’s words still hanging in the air. “Just don’t knock anything.” He’d said. Shit. Does he not know how clumsy I am?

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