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Akaroa New Zealand

French Connection: Akaroa article for Journey magazine

New Zealand is a gorgeous country. It’s a country of marching glaciers, soaring white peaks and plunging green valleys. But it’s also a country of quieter scenic pleasures, such as Akaroa.

This small coastal town on the south island is like a little piece of France on the other side of the world. Here you can sit over breakfast baguettes or a bowl of snails in the cafes and walk along rues to distinctly French looking cottages. But you can also explore a distant volcano, a watery inlet home to dozens of dolphins – and one very weird “giant’s” house.

Check out my article in Journey magazine to find out more.




New Zealand campervanning: my piece for TTG

I don’t like camping. But I do like New Zealand, and last Christmas when I had a guidebook to update and numerous features to write, I was offered the chance to take a campervan around the North Island.

I was sceptical, but it turned out to be the best way to get around. I had my house on my back and so always had what I needed to hand, whatever the adventure. And there was plenty of adventure.

Read about my experience with Jucy campervans for TTG.


Article in Wanderlust: the Routeburn Track, New Zealand

This month’s issue of Wanderlust magazine features my six-page article on the Routeburn Track on New Zealand‘s South Island.

This long-distance hiking trail is all-too-often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour the Milford Track. But there is much to recommend it, from mountain vistas to alpine meadows, plunging waterfalls to pleasant, bird-filled woodland. And it can be easily combined with visits to adventure capital Queenstown and epically beautiful Milford Sound, too. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Read more about it in the April 2014 issue of Wanderlust.