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Guest Post from New Zealand

With all this talk of New Zealand and Australia here at the home offices I’ve been thirsting to learn more about the area. The wildlife and natural world I see in photographs has always intrigued me, but I wanted to know – what are the best spots, and what are the experiences actually like? So, when Soné Moriarty, a native New Zealander now living in Qatar, sent over a link to her blog (Polli Blog) I knew she’d be the perfect person to ask. With a passion for the simple pleasures in life, she seemed like a good, down-to-earth woman who could point me to the right things. Read through below on some of her favorite experiences and spots from the island country of New Zealand.

I am Soné Moriarty a Graphic designer and blogger from New Zealand. My blog is an inspirational online scrapbook of fashion, photography and my personal life.

Before starting this blog post I really had to narrow down all the pictures I had on my computer. So many good memories, so many beautiful places and so many things I love about New Zealand, the list is endless.

My favourite time of the year would have to be summer. It’s the time of the year where me and my hubby usually setup a backpack and a small tent to go camping along the coastal sides of New Zealand.

All you need is a bottle of wine, chips and dip, a flower crane and a guitar. As most of the camping sites are free and you’re able to wake up next to the beach and enjoy a warm cup of coffee.


Summer time is the best times to also find really good vintage buys. You can find the most beautiful vintage summer dresses and leather satchels in some of the smallest towns. Which is a raging trend at the moment! I always try to snatch up the peter-pan collared dresses which is almost impossible, yet so exciting when you do find one.

Hawks Bay is one of my favourite hot spots in New Zealand. Not only are you surrounded by vineyards but I love to go strawberry picking and strolling through a few local art and crafts stores in town.

Visiting the local Farmers markets is usually a must, as you’re able to stock up your cupboards with loads of fresh and organic local produce. My “have to get list” are usually, cherries, feijoas, strawberries, pineapples and mango’s and let’s not forget the ice cream.

Another must on your list would have to enjoy brunch at a boutique coffee shop called “French Tart” in Hamilton. I love meeting friends there for a vanilla shot coffee after a long weeks of work to unwind.





I hope you feel inspired and energized to make a trip to New Zealand. And as a reminder to all, don’t leave home without your camera, its precious memories like these that makes who we are.

Be sure to check out her blog for more! Thank you, Soné!

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! -November 11, 2011, 5:00PM

Beautiful post.

Naomi, these New Zealanders know all about the simple pleasure in life as well:
I’m positive this documentary will make you grin from ear to ear all weekend.
Happy Friday!

fp naomi -November 11, 2011, 5:21PM

Thank you “!” – totally watching this this weekend!

Amy Ackermann -November 11, 2011, 7:28PM

I loved your post! I just studied abroad in New Zealand this past Spring and it was truly one of the most remarkable places that I have ever been.

Pictures do not even do it justice. I hope that everyone will get the opportunity to see this beautiful country. The people, the places, the adventure, the natural beauty. It is truly astonishing.

Stargirl -November 12, 2011, 10:21AM

I have always wanted to go to New Zealand!

holly cromer -November 12, 2011, 11:48PM

how does one get a chance to become a guest blogger? i’d love the opportunity! and i love this post, i’ve always wanted to see what australia is like.

Elly -November 15, 2011, 5:34AM

I currently live in NZ and was born and brought up here. Yes its a very beautiful place, but I’m sure it would be even more beautiful if you thought of expanding your clothing line to over here ;) Just a thought. We need more beautiful brands like you. x

Kali -November 15, 2011, 3:08PM

Beautiful pictures. I love the shot of your hair, gorgeous. Every picture looks so serene. The shoes are adorable and the coffee looks delicious. You do have a talent in wonderful photography.

Shikha Merigi -March 6, 2014, 11:59PM

Great Post!!!
Love all these have a wonderful talent of photography.Keep it up . Cheers!!!

Ella Wild -March 10, 2014, 10:06AM

NZ is the top of my bucket list. I’ve lived in Australia and didn’t have a chance to make it over there.
Its a secret dream of my to liv in a airstream in NZ and travel around making and selling jewelry.
A girl can wish, cant she?

Ella Wild xoxox
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