Well that frenetic writing didn’t materialise, did it? Mainly because everything else was so busy, and with jet lag I was no longer able to push myself to work late as I am used to. I also wanted to make the most of my short time in New Zealand and soak up as much as possible. I am now in Hong Kong and moving at a slower pace so should be more present on here this week.
It was my first trip to New Zealand, although I felt quite prepared as I have friends from there and lots of people I know had visited. The stunning landscape and vibrant food still caught my attention in a way that I hadn’t expected. Everything was big and lovely, rich green hills and light blue skies with little popping fluffy clouds and others choosing to streak across the sky.
In food and drink what really came across was the integrity of produce and passion for producing really good things with it. Great chefs have established a wonderful New Zealand cuisine in a way not too dissimilar to what has been happening in the UK and Ireland. Loads on that soon. And the wine, oh the wine was delicious.
Thanks to Air New Zealand for sponsoring the flights for the trip. I can’t imagine any trip starting better than with a business class flight with the whole of Nurse Jackie season 3 to watch, Peter Gordon’s food to eat, and a terrific New Zealand wine list to accompany it. All while I lie in bed. I am now spoiled for economy but I better get used to it.
As always, a little highlight in photographs first.
I travelled to New Zealand as a guest of the New Zealand Tourist Board