New Zealand in September

I’ve been unforgivably lazy. Here I am, living in New Zealand and I’ve written a mere single post on this breathtakingly beautiful country. The truth is that despite all that New Zealand has done to persuade this travel devotee to hike and swim and cycle and climb, I’ve done pathetically little in the seven months I’ve been here. Now it’s Spring down here in the Southern Hemisphere and my excuses have run dry so I promise, promise, promise to have much more New Zealand nourishment popping up on the blog over the few months opening with a monthly update on life in New Zealand.

Spring in New Zealand is a captivating time of year; the daylight stretches out into the late evenings, the skies clear but with a residual dusting of snow frosting Mt Taranaki like icing sugar on a Pavlova. With a crisp breeze rolling down the mountain most mornings, it’s not quite warm enough to change out of jeans and hoodies but summer is not far away.

Tomorrow I’m getting my road trip on and Jack and I are visiting Russell in the Bay of Islands and I’m pretty damn excited to be doing a little spontaneous travelling again. We will be packing a tent into my little ’96 Toyota Trueno and leaving at six am with a camera and a few rough plans that revolve around hiking.

September Photographs

With all the rain this month, my camera and I have been tucked up inside. With a final burst of dry skies in the last week I’ve managed to pop a couple of pictures.

Most popular post of this month:

Get Out There: Find Your Inner Adventurer

Recommended Reading:

Since reading and travel go hand in hand with all those empty transportation hours I’m going to be putting up a little list of travel related books I’ve read this month to foolishly support your travel addiction.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

This is one of the very rare instances where the movie is as good as the book. In case you haven’t seen it, at age 26 Cheryl sets out alone on a journey of self-discovery to hike 1800km along the Pacific Crest Trail after losing her mother to cancer, divorcing her husband and becoming involved with heroin use.

The novel however, volunteers more insight and internal monologue into the delayed grieving process Cheryl suffers after her mother died four years prior.

Read it if you loved Eat, Pray, Love by ‎Elizabeth Gilbert

Something to hide by Deborah Moggach

Author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moggach’s latest work is set in China, West Africa, Texas and London and follows four unknowingly interwoven lives in different points of the globe as they unwittingly create ripples in each other’s lives.

Read it if you loved The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Film

I’m looking to write guest posts so if you are short on time this month or just want a new perspective on your blog then email me here and we can get talking.

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Fuelled by wanderlust, curiosity and a little restlessness, a natural at budget travel, so naturally, a travel blogger. An experienced chef, a proud kiwi, and a burgeoning photographer. And my old friends reading and writing? We go way back.

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