2016, Auckland, Travel

24 Things To Do In Auckland

Having come back from holiday and having a couple of weeks of school holiday left, I thought I would compile a list of things to do in Auckland.

I scoured about 4 or 5 different travel websites and read through the many things they suggested to be done in Auckland, many of these things are free, and took the ones I thought would be most important and interesting to do.
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Auckland, backpacking, Journal

The View From The top

On a sunny-ish day, last week, a Monday to be precise. We took a trip up the Sky tower in Auckland to see the view from the top. I have done this a couple of times before in different cities (Sydney and Melbourne)  and really enjoy looking at the city from so high up. I wanted to go at sunset so we would get the best of the city in both daylight and darkness but He wasn’t going to wait till that late at night to go. Continue reading “The View From The top”

Photography spotlight
New Zealand, photo spotlight

Photography Spotlight #9 – what’s in my bag

This is the 9th Photography spotlight, This week’s theme is What’s in my bag.

whats in my bag

If you’d like to join in, all you have to do is create a post titled “Photography Spotlight #9 what’s in my bag” then post the link to your blog in the comment section on my page.

 I’ll share my favourites so let’s get snap happy!!!

For more ideas, posts and sites to follow head over to my Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. Don’t forget to follow my blog so you don’t miss out on the weekly  photo post.

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Past Photography Spotlights

Photography spotlight Round up

Photography Spotlight #6 Butterflies 

Photography Spotlight #5 A day in the life

Photography Spotlight #4 Doors

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Currently, Room 28, Teaching

First day at school

So today is my first day as year 0 teacher. I’m excited but nervous there is so much i still need to do to feel ready but it will have to wait as i don’t have the time now. I’m up super early to go in and print out my resources for this week and make sure everything in the classroom is ready for the kiddies.

I have spent the whole weekend planning, cutting, surfing Pinterest for ideas and scavenging my house for supplies. Because of this my blogging has fallen by the way side. Sorry!! I will try and get back on schedule and make sure that i have at least 2 posts a week up. I have managed to make sure my weekly Photography Spotlight is ready for the next 6 weeks though.

So here we go and lets see what mayhem the day brings.

New Zealand, photography, Travel

Postcards from …… Wellington part 3

We took a trip up on the Wellington Cable Car. A trip on the Cable Car cost only $7.50 return each and took about 5 minutes to get to the top, including a trip through 2 100m tunnels each with a light show.  Continue reading “Postcards from …… Wellington part 3”

New Zealand, photography, Travel, Wellington

Postcards from Wellington Part 2

Te Papa

So on our first full day in Wellington we decided to visit Te papa. This is the national museum of New Zealand it covers a wide range of areas from the natural world and local environment to history of the Maori and New Zealand.  We spent most of the day here as there is much to see, The most amount of time was spent in the newest exhibition Gallipoli: the scale of our war. We did queue for about 45 mins to get in but it was well worth it.

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Blogging, Journal, photography, Travel

Why Journal?

I have the 30 second memory of a fish.

Even after an amazing day doing something new and exciting i’ll have forgotten the next day the name of each place we went to and possibly exactly what we did there. Now add that to a travel trip when each day you do something new and different and i’m screwed. Continue reading “Why Journal?”

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Blogging, Life, New Zealand, Teaching

Relief teaching

So over the last 3 years I have been relief teaching in the UK, Australia and now a New Zealand. I have been into many different types of schools,  classes and taught a whole range of children.  Through my experience I have to see how important a few things are in education and what I need to have on hand to help me through the day.


I have a small notebook to keep good ideas in.  I have seen so much which had inspired me to use in my future teaching and for a class when I settle into one school. I jot down notes onto post-it’s which I then sick into my notebook or straight into the book.


If I’m using a resource which I can take an extra of and it will fit into the book I pop that in as well.


I also have a selection of stickers on me. You never know the age of the class your teaching.  Even if you do know before hand you may get moved or have to take a younger class for an hour.  The big kids really like stickers as well I’ve found.

I keep the notebook and my stickers in a small plastic pouch to keep it from the wear and tear of my hand bag.


I find it very important to have a whistle on hand as well, you never know when you have to go outside to do sports or just want to play a game.

I keep a variety of pens in my bag as well for use marking, filling in forms and making notes.

This year I was given a 2015 diary to keep track of my schools,  notes about the school,  classes taken and when I was there.  This has been really helpful.  Before I’ve kept notes on my phone which is fine but I’ve changed phone before and lost them all. Not fun!

I don’t take folders of planned lessons around to each school with me. I know people who cart around boxes of supplies.  I was getting the bus /tram /train to school and never knew how far I had to walk,  so I didn’t want to be lugging that around.  I managed just fine without and probably had less stress.
If no work had been left,  this happens very rarely I find,  I use this simple format for the day:

1 hour reading (using the normal format if the kids know it, if not – shared story,  independent reading,  then some shared thoughts on the books)
1 hour writing (free writing if they don’t have a topic or theme to adapt)
1 hour maths (maths games,  posters to show what they have learnt on a topic they are studying or have recently done)
1 hour topic (posters of what they know, a piece of writing, a play or any form of showing what they have learnt so far)
Time fillers:
* class sharing (work or items/ stories about them)
* an inside game
*an outside game
* free time if they’ve been good
* art
* shared story

I find being creative and flexible is far better than carrying  around a while bunch of paper.

A Wandering Woman’s Travels

Blogging, BloggingU101, Life, Travel

Daily prompt

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Through the Window.”

During my travels i spent many hours looking through windows of Buses, Planes, Trains, Cars and Boats.

mirror shot
Through the window on the Great Ocean Road
Through the window on the way to The Coromandels
seeing animals through the glass
seeing animals through the glass