Every week I take a photo, a snap-shot in time, of the places I go and the people I meet. Spring has been very polarizing so far with sprinkles of snow on the mountain peaks in Geraldine to sunburned bodies on the beaches of the Coromandel! See more
Broken Hills, Coromandel
There's a beautiful spot not far from Tairua that holds the key to secret waterholes, old gold ruins and mining tunnels. Back in the early 1900s it was a bustling gold mining settlement. It's hard to find, but worth the effort.
Coastal Farm Parks
With plenty to choose from in Auckland, here are 5 of the Best. Have you visited them all yet?
Traditional weaver at work, demonstrating masterful artistry at Auckland War Memorial Museum.
A lovely family-friendly walk around the tidal estuary - a popular choice for walkers, cyclists and crab spotters. Read more
Spring has most definitely sprung. Blooms, bulbs and buds are out in full force all around the country. The Cornwall Park Cherry Blossom grove has been attracting heaps of attention from the Japanese community all September. Read more
A word from Julie
Do you ever have 'those moments' when an image and a feeling resonates in your mind and stays with you like a Polaroid in your back pocket?
Those moments happen often to me, and one in particular is a regular 'ahhhh' moment that occurs each year on Christmas Eve. It is the moment when, driving in my car, the white spores of privet hedges swirl around the roads and across my windscreen, just like fresh snow. It's a magical time as the weather is typically picture perfect.
I don't know where my travels will take me this summer, but they are sure to involve exploring somewhere I haven't ventured before, so that leaves me with a child-like tingle of anticipation. Thanks for stopping by my website.
We took our Kiwi road-trip 'can do' sense of adventure and ended up some 18,300kms away
Listen to the latest audio blog - Ohinemuri Estate (wine making in the Waikino) and a selection of sound bites. Listen here
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Born and bred in New Zealand, Julie has an inbuilt love for the outdoors which magically seems to be part of any Kiwi’s DNA. Combining her passion for exploring and writing, along with healthy lashings of humour and insect repellent, PlanMyPlay was inevitable. Endless notes and untold photos were finally put to good use, resulting
in more than 2000 things to do and see in New Zealand, plus numerous ideas to keep you entertained and occupied at home. Read more