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My travels

Looking at my pages, you'll see that most of my tips relate to Japan and Russia. This is no coincidence, as I taught in Japan for 4 years, and I graduated from university in NZ with a major in Russian and Slavonic Studies.

In first two stints in Japan, I travelled extensively, and I have also done three trips to Russia.

I moved back to Japan in June 2007, living in Tokyo, and moved back to New Zealand in June 2012.

I'm originally from Upper Hutt, near NZ's capital of Wellington

Our first child, Conor was born on April 10th, 2010, and this may slow down our travel. Then again, it may not.

The big news for us recently is that we have bought a house.

My Upper Hutt Page

My Wellington Page


I did two stints of teaching in Japan, the first one for one year, and the second one for three, and travelled a lot within the country.

I lived in Ehime the whole time, which is why I have a lot of tips for that area. I returned to Japan in 2007, this time to work in Tokyo, so in recent times I have posted a lot more Kanto region tips. In recent times I have also visited places such as Okinawa and Niigata

My Japan Page

My Tokyo Page

My Ehime Page

My Matsuyama Page

My Uwajima Page

My Imabari Page


I've made three trips to Europe now, and I'm sure I will make many more. Here are some pages of some of the places I have visited.

My Copenhagen Page

My Dublin Page

My Krakow Page

My London Page


I've made three trips to that country, the first one being for five weeks in 2001, and the second being for four weeks in 2004. I just recently visited both Vladivostok for a second time and now Ussuriysk

The first time I spent most of my time in Moscow and St Petersburg, with trips to Novgorod, Staraya Russa, Pskov, Pushkinskie Gory and Vyborg included.

The second trip was from St Petersburg to Vladivostok and then back to Japan. The Trans-Siberian was a great experience to be recommended to anyone.

My Russia Page

My St Petersburg Page

My Vladivostok Page

My Irkutsk Page


Being my country of origin, I have quite a few tips for NZ.

Here are some pages to have a look at.

My Wairarapa Page

My Wanganui Page

My Greymouth Page

Rail travel

I'm a particular fan of rail travel, having travelled extensively by train in Japan, Russia and NZ (what few long distance train services there are now). Next up, I would like to do the Sydney-Perth and Adelaide-Darwin train trips.

Tranz Alpine Snaps


I've visited South Korea eight times now, and I've always enjoyed the contrast with Japan, and the good food and sites. I have also visited Singapore, Taiwan, and most recently visited Shanghai. I was hoping to do a few more short city breaks within Asia while I was still in Tokyo but that did not work out. Mind you, I am due to be back in Japan for a visit in March 2013, so let's see how we go

My South Korea Page

My Seoul Page

My Busan Page

My Taipei Page

My Singapore Page

My Shanghai Page

Pacific Islands

I greatly enjoy the Pacific, and would like to see a lot more, most recently I visited New Caledonia, but prior to that it was the Cook Islands. Next up is likely to be Guam.

My Rarotonga Page

My Noumea Page

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