About Us

Who are Jo and Ken?

We are over fifty with one of us fast approaching the big 60. and we travel around New Zealand. We live – and love – the nomadic life. We’re born and bred in the North Island, New Zealand. Ken is from the Wairarapa and Jo is from the Hutt Valley. We love exploring both the North Island and South Island. We have yet to visit Stewart Island.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Hamilton Gardens, New Zealand

Where do you live in New Zealand?

As we travel around New Zealand, we live on the road. We live wherever we are staying. We no longer have a home base, so we live in a caravan and our home base is wherever we are parked up.

Most of our time is spent either house-sitting or holiday park/motel minding. Our motel minding has taken us to Timaru, Dunedin, Omarama, Wanaka, and Ashburton. Our house-sitting destinations have included Hamilton, Timaru, Palmerston North, Feilding, Whitby, Thames, and Matamata.

Chloe decided that laying down was better than walking
Chloe decided that laying down was better than walking

We enjoy holiday park/motel minding as it takes us to many different locations. We love being part of New Zealand’s tourism sector and interacting with so many people.

Jo's turn to drive around New Zealand
Jo’s turn to drive around New Zealand

House-sitting gives us a chance to rest and relax. We also get the privilege of staying in other people’s houses. Additionally, we get to look after pets – take dogs for walks and let cats sleep on our laps.

Jo's Lap Warmer
Jo’s Lap Warmer

Why write a blog?

What a perfect way to keep our family and friends up to date. And, we get to do photos essays of our journey.

Additionally, we like to show other travellers that there is more to New Zealand than the major tourism destinations. We believe that smaller towns (Bulls, St Bathans, Waikouaiti, Waihola, Clyde, Cromwell, Foxton, Feilding – to mention a few) have must to offer the visitor.

We also like to include some travel tips from our experience. Living on the road has both advantages and challenges, though it’s not a life we’re going to give us any time soon.

Ken & Jo
Ken & Jo