Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a good Christmas and New Years break, hopefully with lots of good food, fun and laughter with friends and family – I know I did.

2015 will mark the second year that the site has been running, as a hobby site and a bit of a side project for me. There are a lot of exciting things to come this year and with all things going to plan especially in 2016, and although I cannot guarantee that I will be able to post more (even though I would like to) over the year, I will certainly do my best to try – It is always hard finding the time to write posts, even though I have more than enough content and things I would like to write about.

In any case, Miss. Kiwi Globetrotter and I are starting the year off with a long weekend road trip to one of our favourite destinations, the place where I was born and hometown, New Plymouth. We spend a couple of nights there before setting off to Taupo, an idyllic town by the lake where we spend a night there before heading back to Wellington.

We drove up to Palmerston North yesterday and stayed overnight to break up the journey, making it only 3 hours to drive instead of 5. As my parents live in Palmerston North it didn’t hurt to have a bit of home cooked food as well 🙂

Here are some photos along the coastal part of the drive:

The New Plymouth road trip is one of my favourite journeys in New Zealand, as many of you regular visitors will know (or may have been able to figure out); Miss Kiwi Globetrotter and I are avid foodies. We had already documented this trip before on a promotional journey but it appears that promotional site has now been disestablished, so I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to re-document it again for those travelling down this path (or thinking about it) in the future.

The roadtrip between Palmerston North to New Plymouth, via. Wanganui
The roadtrip between Palmerston North to New Plymouth, via. Wanganui

Along the way is the chance to pick/buy fresh berries (including Strawberries, Raspberries and other fruit), fresh bread and pastries, delicious cheeses and other dairy products, and some of the best pies NZ has to offer. These are some great core ingredients for a delicious picnic, and there is an incredible park in New Plymouth (which over Summer time also lights up during The Festival of Lights) to relax and have the perfect picnic lunch.
I am hoping that most of the places will be open today as it is the weekend after a public holiday, but I guess we will find out when we hit the road shortly!

The Festival of Lights; Image Credit: User 'Colin Southern' from CambridgeinColour.com
The Festival of Lights; Image Credit: User ‘Colin Southern’ from CambridgeinColour.com

On that note, I’ll sign off for now – But I’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year, and hope that 2015 is a good and positive year for you all.

Happy and safe travels, wherever you are in the World!

/Jeremy

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