Great Barrier Island

VIDEO/ This link will take you to Vimeo! This little island. Only about 800-1000 residents, 110 square miles and 62 miles north east of Auckland. It took FOUR hours to get there via ferry. This wasn’t just a quick Anacortes to Lopez trip, but worth every awful rolling wave and sleeping on hard plastic benches. … More Great Barrier Island

Jack The Van

I recently realized that I’ve shared several stories about wonderful Kiwis who’ve housed me, fed me and kept me company. But I haven’t introduced my true companion, ride and die, best of the best, Jack the Van. This red and white beast is named after the late Jack, Chris’s father, who passed away while I … More Jack The Van


The day I planned to stay at the Wicks I got a cash job in Rotorua. I gardened for a woman, Ingrid, who was slightly neurotic and, I think, romantically involved with her garden. The way she gently caressed the plants, the way she walked as if the leaves were applauding and she would swing … More Wicks

All Things Organic

I spent the first ten days of September in Tairua on the east coast of the Coromandel. A week prior to coming I spoke with Gina, owner of All Things Organic, about training on Thursday in preparation of the weekend. The shop, cozy and scented like tea tree oil and patchouli was empty. The woman … More All Things Organic

Pinnacles Hut

My first hut experience! I’ve been staying in Tairua for about a week, working in an Organic Shop (don’t worry-an exciting blog will detail this WWOOF stay). There are 4 additional WWOOFers in the house including me, three kiddos and the parents. One woman, Elin, is from Colorado! It’s been nice to speak fluently with another … More Pinnacles Hut