VANUATU - A Slice of Heaven on a South Pacific Horizon
The trip from the cold winter of Auckland to the lush emerald-coloured islands of Vanuatu took me a little over three hours, which lands on the most populated island, Efate. While Vanuatu’s population is relatively small, its long migratory history makes it one of the richest cultures in the world today.
Kawau Island – An Unpretentious Utopia
I've just returned from long weekend on Auckland's Kawau Island. It's a place to getaway from the crowds, from the traffic and from the stress of work. Great lodging, great food and wine and great fishing combine well. On 45 minutes from Downtown Auckland and a short ferry ride and you'll find yourself in another world.
KIWI: Expedition Cruising - A SilverSea Sub-Antarctic Journey
This type of trip is fast becoming a global phenomenon, from New Zealand's sun-Antactic regions, Alaska, Patagonia or around Easter island, adventurous souls now find these specialty trips with fewer cruise passengers a great way to explore remote and sometimes unique, pristine parts of the world.
SOUTH AMERICA: Little Hiking Sojourn
In June I flew to Chile and onto Peru . . . it was the opportunity to hike the Inca Trail time followed by an overnight stay at Lake Titicaca. Travelling with me for the first time will be my new American Tourister Lite suitcase - check it out.
CRUISING: Top Cruise Tips
This is my last night at sea and my last night in a stateroom cabin on the MS Oosterdam. I started drinking French Champagne at 3.30pm to celebrate on my small deck as we majestically cruised out of Napier Harbour heading to Wellington via the Cook Strait. My tips for taking a cruise are:
KIWI: Life On An Ocean Wave
This weekend I'm off on a four day look at the North Island of New Zealand from a stateroom of Holland America Line's Oosterdam cruise ship
SOUTH KOREA: Korean Kitchen Confidential
When it comes to bragging rights this woman’s mortar and pestle might make it into the Guinness Book of Records.
KIWI: Waiheke Wok Cooked Mussels
the great thing about this dish is that mussels from the local supermarket are inexpensive and available year round, and it doesn’t take long to prepare and cook. We used local Waiheke mussels and bought enough to serve 4 people.
USA: The One That Nearly Got Away
Slippery Fishing on the Snake River! It was one of the last casts with a stonefly nymph on the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho that a biggish cutthroat trout decided it was dinnertime.
USA: Below Stairs on the Bordello Trail at the Occidental Hotel
For the best place in the west to lay your head book a couple of nights in the historic Occidental Hotel where rooms reflect another era, where antiques and adornments from a period long lost in time furnish every room.
KIWI: Sea Kayaking on Whangarei Harbour
Sea kayaking in and around New Zealand is one of the the best ways to see our beautiful coastline from a new perspective.
USA: Helen and Hobbs on a Harley Davidson
Meeting up with Helen and her ride-along dog Hobbs on her Harley Davidson motorbike above Jackson Hole Wyoming.
USA: Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The Rustic Inn is one of the sweetest spots to relax on your own front creekside porch and curl beneath the sheets when visiting the delightful town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
USA: How to Fluster and get a Blush out of a Yellowstone Park Ranger
It was early morning and the American flag was being hoisted over the Park Ranger Museum in Yellowstone Park, below the log cabin a lone bison grazed on the grassy plain about 100 yards away.