Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Mount Taranaki, Coromandel, Kaimai Ranges, Putaruru, Waikato River Trails, Waiakto MTB trail, Lake Maraetai, Felicity Macintosh, travel, travel blog, travel blogger, cycle touring, cycling, cycle tour, New Zealand, NZ, North Island, Coromandel, sandflies, sandfly, freedom camping, wild camping, camping,

The Waikato River Trail: Part 1 Cycling New Zealand

It was time for another bike adventure, this time with my friend Ned. In our quest to cycle from Mt Maunganui to Mount Taranaki, we started our journey on the Waikato River Trails. Drama ahead, read on..

A snowy Spring tramp: Caples Track, Te Anau to Glenorchy

A post-calving holiday was needed to I set off to complete one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Sadly the Spring snow melted my plans so I walked the Caples Track instead. An interesting adventure as always with beautiful photos to match.

Porto to Sabrosa and beyond: The Douro Valley, Portugal

I had only been back in the UK for a few days when I found myself back on a plane, this time heading to Portugal. When Dad asked me where I wanted to go on holiday I replied “somewhere new”, a long withstanding pledge to myself. I understand why people like to return to their […]

A crazy 48 hours in Beijing – Part 1: Beijing, China

A lot can happen in 48 hours especially in Beijing. So much so my story has two parts. Hear about my problems with Chinese authorities, learn about local city life and find out what happened on my first day in Beijing.