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Here you will find links to travel articles and blogs.

NEW BLOG: I've started a Blog, as of Monday 23rd March, to document these days of self-isolation (I call it SISO).

Racing in the South Pacific Tour, October 2019

What an amazing trip this was - designed for horseracing enthusiasts, the itinerary was built around the Nocturne race meeting at Hippodrome Henry Milliard in Anse Vata (across from the Hilton where we were staying). I led a group of 20 people and we had a heap of fun. We were treated like VIPs at the races, enjoyed a day on Amedee Island, various cultural and dining experiences, and lots of camaraderie.

You can read about our adventures here - this article was published in the NZ Racehorse Owners' Bulletin November 2019


At Melk Abbey, Austria


The Muckrack website is a place where people can find articles written by journalists from all around the world.

I'm still building my profile, but you can view various articles I've written here. Content and info will be updated and added regularly, so check back every now and then.

Russia/Baltic/Danube group at Spis Castle, Slovakia

Russia/Baltic/Danube tour - Maher Escorted Tours trip 2019

I led this fantastic trip in July/August 2019 - a group of mature Kiwis having a great adventure and many laughs in a wonderful part of the world. There is no way to describe Moscow and St Petersburg, they are cities you can only truly grasp by being there. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - they're all fabulous and unique. Poland is delightful in so many ways. Cruising the Danube River is a treat.

Check out my blog about our trip 

I am still completing the blog, bear with me!

Bardenas Reales, Navarre, Spain

NZ Herald Travel Magazine - Auckland's Leading NewspaperI

The New Zealand Herald is Auckland's daily newspaper, with the largest circulation of all newspapers in NZ.  The Tuesday Travel Magazine is the most widely-read newspaper magazine in NZ. There is a Travel focus in the NZ Herald on Sunday.

I am a freelance travel writer and contributor to the NZ Herald - look out for my articles! Search for my name and you will find them!

Auckland Sky Tower at night

Destinations Magazine - online travel publication

Destinations Magazine is a digital travel resource that debuts the best in the written word, photography and video, catering to the adventurous at heart. The aim is to inspire people to seek out new adventures and meaningful travel experiences.

I have been a travel writer for Destinations Magazine for a number of years, with many articles published on the site, including city guides on London, Tokyo, Melbourne, Auckland and Dunedin; travel stories about skiing in Japan (Niseko), food in Morocco, the delights of Norfolk Island and the thrill of ziplining in Rotorua's forestry; and various other features.

Check out their website for fabulous travel stories, guides, photos, videos and more, from all around the world.

Big Bend on the Murray River

Murray River Run, April 2019 - write-up

Click here for an overview of the Maher Escorted Tours "Murray River Run" trip which I led in April 2019. Under perfect blue skies, this trip was a wonderful blend of rural isolation and city sights. If you're after tranquility, stunning scenery, birdlife galore, plenty of food and a good measure of conviviality on tour, I highly recommend this trip. Accommodation is in lovely country hotels along the river, not on the boat itself (which is a day boat called the Spirit of the Murray). This trip is not to be confused with the Murray Princess which is a paddle steamer that operates on the lower part of the river.

The Spirit of the Murray runs from Border Cliffs on the Victoria/South Australia border near Mildura, and Wellington which is down towards Adelaide. The trip can be taken in either direction. At times we were the only sign of human life on the river. The birdlife is fantastic.

If you thought travelling the Murray River meant time spent cruising through muddy water - think again!