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The sea is still the sea no matter where you are. Its blue(ish), salty (some more than others), the wind blows, its flat, its not, its cold, its not.  But it’s still the sea.  So I don’t know why I was so damn excited to leave the Atlantic and get across the other side of South America to the Pacific Ocean!  Home waters? A sense of achievement having made it half way home… Read More

Well, here we are – about half way home.  It’s a real milestone for us and I’m leaving the Caribbean, and the first half of our adventure, with mixed feelings.  We’ve now sailed nearly 9000 nautical miles (around 16,000km) and I have feelings of nostalgia, some sadness that we are leaving this part of the world, excitement for where we are heading, and also, a sense of achievement.  That early route map… Read More

Those moments of luck in your life when you decide to tack on a side trip after a conference and it turns out to be a plan so cunning it’s worthy of a tail (if you’ve never watched Black Adder then that will most likely go over your head). Oaxaca Mexico; (yes, its actually pronounced Wahaka, very Kiwi) the home of Mezcal, incredible food and a depth of culture one can almost… Read More

Land Rover Defender 110 Expedition

Gabby is home for a visit.  Wicked.  We had her shipped from the UK back to New Zealand late last year and she arrived in Auckland ready for summer.  Getting her back to Queenstown at the other end of the country deserved a road trip (of course) that needed to be written up – so here’s the story of the trip south… We flew to Auckland from Queenstown late in December and… Read More

I have been remiss in sharing with you some thoughts and pictures of the ocean environment while on our recent Indonesian dive trip through the Flores and Banda Sea’s, and Southern Raja Ampat.  I hit the ground with a significant thump upon arriving home after such an incredible diving trip and have struggled to get my fingers attached to the keyboard! Let me say this – the diving in this region of… Read More

Having just returned from 3 weeks sailing 1,200 nautical miles across the Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia on the beautiful yacht Amandira from Sumbawa (near Bali) to Sorong in West Papua, it’s time to share some stories and images of the adventure.  I’ll split this blog into a couple of sections; I’ll start with Life & The People, and follow with The Oceans & the Islands in a couple of weeks. Most… Read More

Only 6 weeks to go before we head off.  17 days sailing on Amandira from Mayo Island near Bali, finishing 1200 nautical miles later in Sorong, West Papua.  After sailing through the Komodo National Park, we head eastward towards Maumere and Alor to start some world-class diving in warm 30 degree, crystal clear waters abundant with marine life. From there we hit the volcanic region near Maumere, on the east end of Flores island.  It’s… Read More

Okay, so I’ll be the first to admit it.  I bloody love travel.  I love the adventure of it.  I love the challenge; and it excites the hell out of me to go and see new places and experience new cultures, meet the people, and eat their food (love the food).  I suppose (and being really honest here) I also get a real kick out of photographing new places.  I don’t know… Read More

It’s kinda funny. We travel the world hunting down great adventures, amazing places and new experiences. Sometimes we forget the backyard, and what we have here in our little country that the rest of the world craves.  It’s pretty safe here, we have a good life, Donald doesn’t live here, the bad guys don’t even know where we are (yet, including Donald) – and it’s beautiful. So I thought I’d share my… Read More

It’s time to start planning again. Watched a Rick Stein show on Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Northern Greece. It looks good. Great people, food looks spectacular; it smells like an adventure in the making. And it’s heading in the right direction. I feel a plan coming on, a cunning plan indeed. In the interim, there’s been a couple of adventures to keep the soul fed back home; the Land Rover Discovery (the… Read More

We leave you with a smile on our faces Scotland. Thank you for having us.  We discovered some beautiful landscapes, some great people and a few items ticked off the bucket list: Haggis and black pudding – delicious. Wonderful seafood – fish, oysters, langoustine, lobsters, crab, Shetland mussels. Other game delights – venison, pigeon, duck, partridge, hare, ox tongue. Found the MacPherson clan home, kilt in their colours ordered! The whiskey, what… Read More

Five months ago we had our best idea ever.  Get a Landrover Defender 110 expedition truck built and knock off some classic adventures over the next couple of years.  Phase one is done and 12,300 kilometres (that’s further than driving from New Zealand to Los Angeles) and 10 countries later, we are heading home to plan the next leg.  We’ve left Gabby with the lads at Nene Overland at her birthplace in… Read More

Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66, the North Coast 500 has been named among the top six road coastal road trips in the world.  Apparently set up by Prince Charles (bless) for those roadie enthusiasts wanting to take in some of the most scenic parts of the country. It truely is a stunning route, running 500 miles from Inverness, to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the West Coast, via the rugged north… Read More

Islay, heaven on earth for whiskey aficionados.  Home to a handful of the worlds most famous distilleries.  The smell of peat smoke hangs in the air as they craft some of the finest wee drams on the planet.  We picked up some crackers for our growing collection.  I’m not sure how we are going to smuggle the contraband back into New Zealand!  The people are fabulous, the food is delicious (crab and… Read More

Good grief, after a 10 day journey with a flight from London to Reykjavik, an 800km drive up to Seydisfjordur to catch the ferry to Demark, 3 days on the ferry with a quick stop in the Faroe Islands, 1,000km down to Amsterdam, an overnight ferry to Newcastle, and 300km’s drive north, we’ve arrived in Scotland!  The irony is that it’s a 2 hour flight from Iceland to Glasgow…  Haggis and a… Read More

Iceland prides itself on key tourist attractions that bring over a million visitors to the island every summer.  Sure there are the glaciers, the amazing sceanery etc etc, but they also sell the hell out of some other must-see assets; namely the whales, the puffins, the reindeer…  and I’ve eaten them all.  Let’s review some of these non-PC eats: Puffin – usually caught in a net (bit like a lacrosse game) and… Read More

We leave you with great sadness Sicily. We loved your rustic Italian style, your food; mamma mia – the seafood (when Jeasus did that cool shit with the fish, I’m sure they must have been Anchovies), the fresh produce, the simplicity in your cooking – molto bene!  Your people are welcoming, your towns are beautiful, your history is deep, the markets are inspiring – going back? “Totes Bro”! Back at London Heathrow… Read More

Sicily, home to some 5m Italians.  Relaxed mix of Mediterranean Greek / Aribic feel and amazing seafood; you are a welcome respite from the rainy days of Iceland!  It’s a cultural lunch to be back in Italy.  Crap trip here, thanks Alitalia for the unscheduled stay in a shitty hotel in Rome.  “You will be our guests for the night” was not what we needed to hear from the transit desk after… Read More

After 3 weeks in Iceland and nearly 7000km of driving, we’ve left Gabby at the airport in Keflavik (hope she’ll be ok!) and we are flying to Sicily for 10 days of downtime with the kids before they go back to New Zealand.  It’s been a full-on trip with non stop moving and I think everyone is a bit buggered…  Here are my thoughts on Iceland: Iceland is spectacular – put it… Read More

Vatnajökull; the largest ice field in Europe covering an area of 8,400 square km with an average ice thickness of more than 3,000 feet.  If it melted, half the world would have pretty wet feet (according to some dude I met).  Anyway, it’s big, really big.  Pretty awesome to drive 200 kms around the south coast and see non stop glaciers spilling off the ice cap.  I figure these United States Navy… Read More