Okahu Bay yachts, Auckland © Content Catnip 2018 www.contentcatnip.com

Every picture tells a story: Spectacular sunset over Okahu Bay, Auckland

Okahu Bay yachts, Auckland © Content Catnip 2018 www.contentcatnip.com I am writing this post on the 5th of January and all going well, we will leave our current home and be residing somewhere else by the publishing date of this post at the end of March/April 2019. Back to the future indeed. Time passes so…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Tamaki Drive at Night

I have a complicated relationship with Auckland. Over the past five years since we moved here, the city has become a bloated, enormous metropolis which simply cannot sustain its ever-growing population. Essentials like roads, public transport, health care and housing have fallen apart at the seams in Auckland leading us to head south and away…

A photo of the day: Dusk in St Heliers, Auckland

Blue dusk in St Heliers © Content Catnip 2018 www.contentcatnip.com We have lived in Auckland for the past four years and every other day, I walk the length of Tamaki drive, a long 8 km sea-skimming road that is bike and pedestrian friendly. Although the city itself can be a pretty bland and tiresome, the…

Every picture tells a story: Purple dusk on Auckland harbour

Night was falling quickly and the clouds were a deep purple and blue. As dusk descended, a violent wind picked up over Auckland city bringing a huge tropical storm and a deluge as I walked home. Copyright © Content Catnip 2009 www.contentcatnip.com

Six Quirky Facts About Red Pandas

Six Quirky Facts About Red Pandas

Red pandas are sweet looking, unobtrusive and stunning mammals that live in the mountainous forests in the Himalayas. With their lustrous and vibrant reddish brown fur and round sweet faces; they have the vague appearance of a fox rather than a Giant Panda. Here's more about a mysterious animal that my boyfriend and I fell…

Every Picture Tells a Story: Extinct volcanos in Auckland

Every Picture Tells a Story: Extinct volcanos in Auckland

There are approximately 53 volcanoes in Auckland, which have over thousands of years produced an array of interesting lagoons, tuft rings and lava flows in Auckland city. The biggest, most active and most visible volcano – Rangitoto sits on an island of the same name in Auckland harbour. This has erupted repeatedly over the past…

Every Picture Tells A Story: Sunset over Orakei

Great Cycling Routes of Auckland: Part 3 North Western Cycleway, Onehunga Foreshore, Cornwall Park, St Heliers Loop

 FYI Click on image to show map. On this Google map I created the bike path in Waterview cycle path isn't showing yet because it was only created last month. Álthough it's a pretty straight-forward bike path with little deviation from it. You should be able to work it out. Happy riding!  See more detail …

Travel: Maori waka ama (racing war canoe) on Auckland Harbour

Waka Ama is a sport akin to outrigger canoe racing or group rowing. It's based on traditional modes of Polynesian sea travel which relied upon celestial navigation. Since the 80s and 90s high-tech canoes of Hawaiian or Polynesian design have become hugely popular as a sport among Māori, often performed as part of cultural festivals held…

Great Cycle Routes of Auckland

Great Cycling Routes of Auckland: Part 2 St Heliers to Te Atatu Return 60km

St Heliers to Te Atatu South via Auckland Zoo and back: Athletic Sprint and Scenic Route All of the cycling routes here generally take place on paved and separated cycling paths that are away from the road. In all cases I have endeavoured to only include the safest routes possible with minimal direct contact with…

Great Cycle Routes of Auckland

Great Cycle Routes of Auckland: Part 1 Beach-side cruising from St Heliers to St Mary’s Bay

All of the cycling routes here generally take place on paved and separated cycling paths that are away from the road. In all cases I have endeavoured to only include the safest routes possible with minimal direct contact with the traffic. Mainly this is because Auckland drivers are pretty bad and it's not a good…

Auckland's Underground Vogue Scene

Auckland’s Underground Vogue Scene

For a growing community of young LGBTQ Maori and Pacific Islanders in Auckland, the burgeoning Vogue scene is a place of creative expression. It's a sanctuary that naturally intersects with Maori and Pacific traditions of performance art and dance. Vice met with some of the breakout stars of the Vogue dance scene and found out…

Auckland's Hidden Culinary Heaven: Bowl & Arrow and Farro (Orakei Bay Village)

Auckland’s Hidden Culinary Heaven: Bowl & Arrow and Farro (Orakei Bay Village)

Orakei Bay Village is a boutique block of specialty shops, fancy eateries, breweries and wine cellars (because Kiwi's do like a drink or two). A Kiwi tradition or perhaps Auckland tradition (which I think is amazing) seems to be that each suburb has a burrowed away and hidden block of shops, where local businesses and…

Auckland: Reclaiming the city for pedestrians and cyclists

I got something in the mail the other day. A planned new cycleway running down one of the main streets of Auckland CBD, Nelson st and then criss-crossing all over the city. This is music to my ears as Auckland has to be one of the noisiest and congested cities in this part of the…

The Bridge in Wynyard Quarter in Auckland CBD. Looks lovely during the night and the day time too

A Full Moon in Scorpio: Culinary Adventures and Moonlit Walks Around Auckland Harbour

The Boy and I went to one of our favourite haunts in Auckland, the endearingly named Miss Clawdys. A southern American style tapas joint nestled within a group of vibrant dockside restaurants and bars in Auckland CBD. After the meal we basked in the wavering neon lights and the large full moon (in Scorpio) that…

Future Moto Retro: Imaginary Auckland

There's a strange nostalgia that happens when we view the future through a wonky, circus mirror of the past. This is where romanticism and nostalgia explode into a glitter bomb of exciting possibility. Welcome to Auckland in the year 2000, as imagined in 1956 by iconic New Zealand ad designer Bernard Roundhill. Roundhill loved the possibilities…