Growing up I had a certain fondness for giant pandas. Others may use the words infatuation or obsession, and point to the bin bags full of stuffed toys and other paraphernalia in the loft at my parents’ house as evidence, but it was really just a passing phase of a mere 15 years or so….

Mount Aspiring National Park

Rees Track, Cascade Saddle and Matukituki Valley If I had to have a regret about our time in New Zealand, it could be that we did not spend more time in Mt Aspiring National Park. Part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Site which makes up most of the bottom left corner of New Zealand,…

Californian Wild(and not-so-wild)life

We have spent much of our first few days in New Zealand sorting out boring things like bank accounts and mobile phones. I will write about Christchurch, which we are gradually growing to love, shortly. In the meantime, here are some photos of animals from our three weeks in California.