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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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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A beautiful dead end

We might not have made it to Milford Sound (an avalanche hit a building full of gas bottles and suddenly the park rangers had a civil emergency on their hands), but wow, was that the most scenic U-turn I’ve ever done.

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Into the wild

When travelling, one can become obsessed with documenting everything. Get the perfect selfie, the best caption, the most likes. How do you overcome the pressure to constantly market yourself, and capture a moment with your memory rather than a camera? Deep into the Jurassic landscapes of Doubtful Sound, the answer becomes pretty darn clear.

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Heli rafting in New Zealand

If you’d told me this time last week I’d be jumping in a helicopter to go white water rafting in the snow, I’d have thought you mad…

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Rosie goes to jail

So last night was my first stay in a prison cell. Yup, with one free night in Christchurch I thought I’d try out the Jailhouse…

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The best hostel in Queenstown?

Review:  I arrived at the hostel, sleep deprived and semi-delirious, after a nightmare 48 hour journey. I hadn’t slept or showered in 4 days, and was desperate for a shred of kindness to show me the trip was worth it. That’s when I spotted the free popcorn machine in reception. I nearly wept with happiness (told you I […]

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Defying gravity

My first road trip in New Zealand. Just me and Big Red, a 1994 Toyota Carolla that takes a bit of love and luck to get up those steep mountain ranges.

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