Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Sydney and Melbourne

Ending the decade downunder.

Date Trip Distance (km) CO2 (kg)
London Heathrow Airport, England (LHR)
Los Angeles International Airport, United States (LAX)
Auckland Airport, New Zealand (AKL)
19269 3045
Britomart Transport Centre, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
494 16
Wellington, New Zealand
Picton, New Zealand
66 27
Picton, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
66 27
Wellington International Airport, New Zealand (WLG)
Sydney Airport, Australia (SYD)
2231 353
Sydney Airport, Australia (SYD)
Melbourne Airport, Australia (MEL)
707 112
Melbourne Airport, Australia (MEL)
Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates (DXB)
London Heathrow Airport, England (LHR)
17162 2712
  • View of Sydney Harbour on the approach to Sydney Airport.

    Celebrating the New Year in Sydney

    Since visiting Sydney in 2003, often considered which city in the world might be my favourite. As I flew over Sydney Harbour I realised there was no contest.

  • The Wellington Cable Car takes passengers from Lambton Quay in the CBD to the suburb of Kelburn, and the Wellington Botanic Garden.

    Absolutely, Positively, Wellington

    Wellington will remain the most memorable stop on my brief tour of New Zealand, although perhaps not entirely for the right reasons.

  • The Overlander during its lunchtime stop at National Park railway station.

    A Small Taste of the South Island

    Having arranged my flights into and out of New Zealand before deciding upon an itinerary, meant I had little time to really explore the South Island.

  • Auckland’s CBD viewed from atop Mount Eden.

    Auckland: A City in Search of Itself

    Before the tan disappears I’d like to record my short journey across New Zealand and Australia. So over the next few days, I’ll describe how I ended the decade down-under.

  • The Encounter Restaurant at LAX, where I would have eaten that evening had I not been interviewed by immigration officers.

    My LA Ex

    I hoped that almost missing my flight would be the worst my trip to New Zealand would have to offer, but thanks to overzealous immigration officials at LAX, that was nothing but a minor blip.

  • Ending the Decade Down Under

    I’ve long held two ambitions. The first: to return to Australia before this decade is out. The second: to welcome in a New Year on Sydney Harbour before I turn 30.