Busy, busy, busy, lying on the beach
The 15 Cook Islands islands, deep in the Pacific between Hawaii and New Zealand, can be divided into two groups. The more remote northern group of six coral atolls are the sort of place where any adventurers will feel right at home, being virtually unexplored as well as scenic.
Go tramping in the land of superlatives
No matter where I go in New Zealand I am surrounded by beauty and silence. New Zealanders are proud of their land and are very environmentally aware. Ten to fifteen percent of the country has been declared protected national parkland.
Finding fauna on South Island
On New Zealand’s South Island, the astounding geology and abundant flora are apparent overall. But where are all the animals?
A glimmering pearl on the chameleon lagoon
Aitutaki, one of the Cook islands, truly is a slice of paradise, its volcanic origin revealed by the 124-meter-high Mount Maungapu.
Wilderness like nowhere else on earth
Nature is the greatest actor on the stage of New Zealand’s South Island – wild, desolate, and yet more varied than the North.
Far away from the worries of the world
After a short hop on the domestic carrier to Atiu, Cook Islands, I am greeted at the airport with a flower necklace.
When the water became nice and cool, so did Bondi
Bondi was still a grim place as recently as 20 years ago, says book publicist Jaki Arthur, who has lived in a 1930s Tamarama apartment, just south of Bondi, for a decade.
Search and you'll find groovy in Melbourne
What I love about Melbourne is that nothing is predictable or ordinary, especially in the laneways; “The harder it is to find, the groovier it will be,” says one local.
How Melbourne awoke its Sleeping Beauties
Some of Melbourne’s laneways have become highly successful, transformed from forgotten back streets into prime real estate.
Bondi Beach: a place you either love or hate
I have never gotten used to Bondi’s swathe of concrete and cars, but there is much to love when you look beyond them.