I fell in love with travel on my first holiday to the Caribbean aged five. I've travelled extensively since and rank Cambodia, Zimbabwe and the Maldives as some of the most memorable destinations I've visited.
Way ahead of them, at the top of my list, is New Zealand, which I first visited in 2003. I immediately fell in love with the diverse landscapes and unique Maori culture and loved it so much that I visited every summer and moved there as soon as my studies ended. I spent over four years living in Auckland and explored the country from top to bottom many times, often discovering incredible off-the-beaten-track destinations that in other countries would be headline attractions.
Now back in my home city of London, I'm in my element sharing my passion for the Land of the Long White Cloud and the Cook Islands with everyone I meet. When not talking travel I enjoy swing dancing and playing football.
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I'll never forget when…
I spent a day touring the Coromandel Peninsula with Kiwi Dundee, New Zealand's real-life equivalent to Crocodile Dundee. Over his years of exploring he has built up a huge store of knowledge of the history and culture of the region and took me to numerous sights and pointed out details most visitors miss. We visited a significant Maori pā (fortified hill), the giant rock arch at Cathedral Cove, and Hot Water Beach where we sat in hot pools of water and saw rocks used by ancient Maori for crafting weapons and tools. The highlight though, was exploring the old gold mines in the mountainous Coromandel Forest.