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Hi, I’m Sarah-Jane
Let’s go travelling!

I am a free independent travel writer looking for Kiwi and Australian destinations off the beaten track. Find out how to travel in the slow lane and Improvise with my itineraries and places of interest.

The journey is worth it! Let’s explore together, Aotearoa New Zealand & Australia, down under 😎

Want to know more? Read our Most asked questions

Why do I focus Australia and New Zealand?

My identity, my culture and the place I call home. I am sharing my home with you. Do I enjoy travelling overseas, yes I do and these experiences are also shared. Indepth, detailed knowledge of Australia and New Zealand comes from times exploring my part of the world. Getting to know your place gives travel an extra joy as you have foundations to celebrate difference and diversity.

What do I like?

Challenging myself to participate in activities or events where I am a little scared. Electric scooters lets give it go and speed around our warehouse yard or clambering into a tunnel in a coal mine to see what it like to work underground are recent energy boosters.
I feel relaxed in beautiful serene places where nature is a tonic for the soul. New Zealand and Australia have an abundance of locations where you simply absorb the world around you. Perhaps it has been a two hour walk to get there. All the better to enjoy the moment.

What do you not like?

Hot, humid weather I have to think about what I am going to learn when I visit a place that is sticky and warm. I get cross with moans and groans from fellow travellers abroad. It is sometimes difficult when events or connections fail yet there is always a bright side even if it is a long layover in an airport transit lounge. And, there is always the airport bookshop. 😍

Getting to know your place gives travel an extra joy as you have foundations to celebrate difference and diversity.

Sarah Jane Lee

My country Aotearoa New Zealand

In contrast I live in Auckland, with an urban buzz, cafes, world-class museums, historic homesteads and craft markets. Nothing like a local craft market for food or gift treats. My home, Auckland is the largest Polynesian town with the beat of the Pacific. Maori language, etiquette and values are woven into the New Zealand fabric of people, sights and scenery.

Australia… not forgetting my neighbors next door… Australia is a continent with landscapes, people and wildlife unique to the ancient landscape that is Australia. World class cities compete with the solitude and silence of the outback for your attention. My favourite country to visit and ponder where to go next.

My latest articles

Jubilee Park Boardwalk, Hamilton, New Zealand @Culture trip

Ten tips for a romantic holiday location on a budget

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Thames @The Coromandel, New Zealand

Muriwai Gannet Colony: day trip from Auckland

Muriwai Beach and the cliff top gannet colony day exploration. A day exploring Muriwai beach village, a relaxed walk on the beach and the highlight is the gannet colony. Con ...

Five exciting events happening in NZ this October

Spring is in full swing, the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, it’s the perfect time for events and festivals. With school holidays, Halloween, and some beautiful ...

Hamilton hot air balloons

Five activities to brighten up your Hamilton trip

Hamilton is the underdog city in Aotearoa NZ. Banter, wry humour is often Hamilton’s calling card. Think again, New businesses are popping up, the food scene is booming, a ...

@tearohaholidaypark

Twelve places to go camping in the Waikato and Central Plateau

Perhaps you want to pitch a tent and a powered site is not necessary. Or a little comfort is in order with a standard cabin together with an ensuite facility. Holiday parks ...

Tapotupotu conservation campsite, New Zealand @ Rankers NZ

Fourteen places to camp in the Far North (Northland)

Hokianga is an underdeveloped tourist destination without the flush of motels lining the small settlements. The Hokianga has a number of airBNB options however camping groun ...

Blue Heron Holiday Park, New Zealand @TripAdvisor

Eleven great camping grounds in Whangarei District

Whangarei is a family favourite for many kiwis. It is recommended forward bookings are arranged for the peak summer season. There are several beach front locations ideal for ...

@wairere boulders

Nine places to camp in the Hokianga, Ahipara district & Far North

Hokianga is an underdeveloped tourist destination without the flush of motels lining the small settlements. The Hokianga has a number of airBNB options however camping groun ...

Duke of Marlborough Russell, New Zealand

Ten historic hotels worth a night or two

A number of the heritage hotels have a lively bar scene which is generally noisy as well as not closing until the early hours of the night. Definitely part of the heritage p ...

Hamilton Hare Puke Park playground @ Playgrounds

Ten spectacular children’s playgrounds

On holiday and need a break with the children while you collapse in the nearest park seat. Little balls of energy kick, run, climb and jump to their heart’s content as ...

Wharariki Beach, Golden Bay, New Zealand

Top ten short walks in Nelson

1 The Boulder Bank, Nelson Te Pokohiwi/Boulder Bank: Nelson area, Ne ...

Ten places to interest kids in Auckland worth a detour

1 CULTURE & HERITAGE ...

Ten Mission Stations in Northland

North Island mission stations, 1845 – Missions and missionaries explains how the three major church denominations battled for converts. By 1845 three major churches – An ...

Opononi & Omapere, New Zealand @Twin Coast Cycle trail

Five great free walks in and around the Hokianga Harbour

Best time to walk: Spring to early Autumn due to stream crossings In summer carry water, sunscreen and protective clothing Carry insect repellent (wasps) and mosquito repel ...

Making stuff, five workshops for your next holiday

WANAKA Wanaka and the majestic Southern Alps. Plenty of space for locals and you get taste of what overseas visitors flocked in their thousands to experience. ...

@ glenberviepottery

Northland Art Galleries, Workshops and Exhibitions worth a visit

Route map Kawakawa to Whangarei to Ngungunui to Helena Bay to Kerikeri to Peria to Mangonui to Houhora to Kohukohu to W Gorge Rd, Nelson’s Kauri Museum. Following from the c ...

How to be a tourist in your backyard?

LET’S CHANNEL YOUR INNER TOURIST Why would I want to have a holiday at home? Home is familiar, comfortable and you even know the TV channels. And stop telling me it is bea ...

Favourite Places

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, Photo by Tobias Keller Blehneim I am usually in a hurry to get to Nelson, why take a detour to Blenheim ...

Road Trip in New Zealand @David Ross

Travel conditions

DRIVE ON THE LEFT TIP: travel from Europe / North America involves considerable travel. Give yourself a day (or two) to get your body clock in sync w ...

Travel connections

New Zealand Airport @Colin Brown Making sure you arrive on time… and where you want to be Consider arriving the day before you ...

Cobb River Campsite, Nelson Region, NZ @Rankers

Budget tips

Accommodation Accommodation, especially if you have one or two days in a place location is critical as you do not want to spend your time travelling to and fr ...

Planning a road trip @tripitcom

Holiday plan guidelines

Self-guided road trip Question one: Where do you want to go and in which direction? Check out Sydney to Melbourne classic road trip (one week). You can star ...

Harbourside Market @masa osada

Wellington markets: a few favourites, the best markets to explore

Who doesn’t like a bargain? And then there’s all that gorgeous food tempting the palate. Easy, convenient, the huddle of stalls offering everything to everyone who doesn ...

Wellington Wildlife: five favourite places

Did you know Wellington is worth visiting for its wildlife? Here is a list of five favourite places for wildlife enthusiasts. No museums, art galleries or any ...

Zealandia water views, Wellington, New Zealand

Zealandia, a city sanctuary hidden in plain sight

Wildlife sanctuary in Wellington, world class and have visited yet? This article is a heartfelt ode to one of the world’s great sanctuaries and it is in Wel ...

Ten things to do around Raglan that do not involve surfing

What can you do at the beach if you don’t want to surf? 1 Sea kay ...

Tongariro River, New Zealand

National Trout Centre Turangi: what to see

I think it is a place where drivers keep on driving on their way south? Stop, check it out and be surprised. National Trout Centre is a practi ...

Tongariro River walks, Turangi, New Zealand

Top ten things to do in Turangi

Have you thought about staying a while in Turangi? Perfect location to access Lake Taupo with Tongariro National Park a neighbour. The enormous trout ‘big thing’ makes ...

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