One year of blogging

“As much as I love international travel I think it’s important (and cheaper) to get out there and explore one’s own backyard. So I’m starting this blog to encourage myself to get out there and do more things on my days off. So join me as I begin my journey to see what this great country has to offer…”

I wrote these words exactly one year ago today – January 16th 2014.

Call it a New Years Resolution or just a goal. Last year I decided that I wanted to do more with my days off work and get out of the house. So I created this travel blog to encourage and document my adventures around my home country of Aotearoa New Zealand.

My first was a day trip to Hobbiton – the location for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. It was a great start and was definitely one of my favourite outings from last year.

At Hobbiton - January 17th 2014

At Hobbiton – January 17th 2014

Despite living in Auckland for 6 years I am embarrassed to admit I had never been to places like the Auckland Art Gallery, Bastion Point and the Botanical Gardens. This blog gave me a reason to go and cross them off my list.

Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, Bastion Point

Michael Joseph Savage Memorial, Bastion Point

I also had a reason to revisit places like Devonport, Takapuna, Birkenhead, Orewa, Auckland Zoo, MOTAT, Auckland War Memorial Museum and Wintergardens, and the SKY Tower.

When I had 2 or 3 days off work I tried to get out of Auckland. During the year I visited Coromandel township, Waitomo Caves, Hamilton and Wellington.

Boat ride through Mangawhitikau Glowworm Cave - Waitomo

Boat ride through Mangawhitikau Glowworm Cave – Waitomo

I could post when I liked, there was no pressure. Some nice people read my posts. I helped a couple of people along the way like the lady who wanted to know the gate closing hours for Michael Joseph Savage Memorial / Bastion Point.

I don’t know where this blog will go this year or where it will take me. My only plan is to do more than I did last year and enjoy myself.

Thanks for reading. Have a fantastic and prosperous 2015!

New Year Fireworks - SKY Tower

New Year Fireworks – SKY Tower

Introduction

Family holiday in Sydney, 2004

Family holiday in Sydney, Australia – 2004

Like most Kiwis I have done a little bit of overseas travel. As a teenager, I made trips to the Gold Coast, Sydney and Fiji with my family, and as a Year 10 student I went to New Caledonia for a school French trip.

Winnie

At Disneyland, Anaheim – 2007

Since finishing secondary school I have travelled a bit by myself. During the summer break between my second and third year of university, I travelled to Los Angeles on the Work USA program and did an internship with a film production and entertainment management company. This was a life changing experience.

The student budget didn’t allow for much travel post LA. But in the last few years I have tried to make up for it with trips across the ditch to Melbourne (2011, 2013), Sydney and Canberra (2012).

CentralPark

Central Park, New York City – November 2012

Also in 2012, I went to New York City in November to experience Thanksgiving and the all Christmas lights and decorations. It would have to be my favourite holiday to date. Last year I experienced another American public holiday (Memorial Day) when I went to San Francisco in May.

Marin Headlands, San Francisco, May 2013

Marin Headlands, San Francisco – May 2013

As much as I love international travel I think it’s important (and cheaper) to get out there and explore one’s own backyard. So I’m starting this blog to encourage myself to get out there and do more things on my days off. So join me as I begin my journey to see what this great country has to offer…