You, Me & Friends “Tour Diary”  *** Coromandel Explorer Jan 2022 ***

On each tour, we share a private Facebook group where we can swap photo’s and keep our friends and family updated as to the amazing things we are doing. On it, I also keep a daily diary. This is my Tour Diary for the COROMANDEL EXPLORER tour that departed in January 2022.   Day 1: […]

You, Me & Northland “Favourite Art”  *** Soju Shots ***

…and suddenly – I have a new favorite artist! I have always been a big fantasy art fan. Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, Chris Archilleos – all big international artists laying down their weird and wonderful imaginings onto canvas. But today I met a Whangarei guy, in a Whangarei studio who really impressed me. Evan “Soju […]

You, Me & Friends “Favourite Places”  *** The Catlins***

Arriving at the Catlins, we based ourselves at the Whistling Frog Lodge, a sprawling eco-resort located deep in the heart of the Catlins National Park. The next morning, we took full advantage of the clear morning skies to venture out. Our first stop was a 20 minute each way walk through pristine forests down to […]

You, Me & Northland “Favourite Tastes” *** Ake Ake by Sovrano ***

When we think wineries and fine NZ wine, our thoughts stray immediately to The Hawkes Bay & Marlborough. Few Kiwi’s know that the birthplace of wine in New Zealand is in fact the far north. Indeed, it was missionary Samuel Marsden who planted New Zealand’s first grapes at Kerikeri in 1819, then in the 1830s James Busby […]

You, Me & Friends “Favourite Places” *** Ulva Island ***

A short flight from Invercargill across the turbulent skies of Foveaux Straight lies New Zealand’s third largest island – Rakiura Stewart Island. The town centre of Oban is dominated by the 1880’s South Sea Hotel, nestled on a corner, across the road from the bay. Being the main watering hole for locals and tourists alike, […]