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Getting Lost Travel Blog

Getting Lost the Travel Blog began in 2014. It was born shortly after Cat and James rekindled their relationship after a 20+ year break.

It was the love child of two people who just couldn’t be more different. James, a Joiner from the Hauraki Plains, was fearless – hunting and gathering, exploring shipwrecks, jumping into hidden water holes and sliding down hills.

Cat, a Strategist in an Auckland Advertising Agency and part time photographer knew a lot of restaurants, was constantly on the hunt for the perfect photo and had an infallible knack for getting lost. Oh and then there’s the 3 daughters they were now trying to bring together.

It was a brilliant, beautiful, messy chaos – full with wonderful exploration and a random adventure of getting lost that started it all. So now they’ve amassed over 200 stories, they’ve built a big, wonderful community who love random adventure too and they’ve created a travel adventure game that’s sold more than 100,000 games around the world.

You can find our latest adventures here or explore by destination below.

Recent posts

K-Road

The ever changing canvas of Auckland's K-Road

I’ve loved K-Road (Karangahape Road) for as long as I can remember. It’s full of history and culture. I on the other hand am a terrible historian. I romanticise, embellish and exaggerate....
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Able Tasman

Abel Tasman and the beach that NZ bought

So if like us you’ve been seeing all those pictures of the clear blue waters and golden sands with kayakers paddling and wondering where this may be – the answer is Abel...
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Collingwood

Put Collingwood and Farewell Spit on your NZ Must Do List

Up until 2021 the furtherest I’d explored on the top of the South Island was Nelson – so I had a whole big chunk of the map that was unexplored. We were...
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Anatoki Salmon Farm

Why we travelled 13 hours to go fishing at Anatoki Salmon Farm

Despite never being to this part of the country before the Anatoki Salmon Farm is something I’ve heard loads about over the years. It’s something James talks about anytime we talked about...
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Letter to my 24 year old self

Letter to my 24 year old self

Have you ever wished you could go back in time to tell your younger self to stop worrying and just tell them it’s all going to be alright? I’ve had this picture...
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Nelson

6 tips to get the most out of Nelson

We had no idea what to expect when we booked 3 nights at the Hotel Nelson in January except for that on a map Nelson looked kind of close to everything that...
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Portage

The Portage - the best view in the Sounds

Those of you who read this blog know that I have a weird juxtaposition of luxury and getting off the beaten track. My heart soars at the site of reflections in a...
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Chateau Tongariro

Stepping back in time at The Chateau Tongariro

The Chateau Tongariro has had a place in my heart for the longest time. It’s grandness is on a scale that makes you (well, it does me) wish I had some magnificent...
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Paraparaumu Beach

Pick a path - Auckland to Wellington two ways

My favourite poem is Robert Frost’s Road Less Travelled. In fact this blog was almost called The Untravelled Road, until we settled on Getting Lost and well, the rest is history. The...
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Interislander

Interislander - your holiday on the way to your holiday

We could have flown from Auckland to Nelson in one and a half hours. Instead, we took the long way. 13 and a half hours according to Google Maps – a bit...
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Gibbs Farm

Gibbs Farm - the amazing sculpture collection that you can't pay to visit

I first saw Gibbs Farm about 8 years ago. I’d met up with some friends to photograph the waterfall at Omeru Falls and spotted on the horizon these impossibly huge sculptures –...
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5 amazing finds on the outskirts of Rotorua

5 amazing finds on the outskirts of Rotorua

Covid has made even the most organised holiday planners more your “fly by the seat of your pants / book last minute” types. To be honest it’s not a bad thing when...
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Secret Spot Rotorua

Boil ups and moments of zen at the Secret Spot in Rotorua

I’ve been seeing Secret Spot coming up on my Instagram feed for the past year since they opened and I’ve been dying to go and try it out. On our most recent...
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Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek - Hot Water Waterfalls and Water Holes

I’d heard about Kerosene Creek and it had been on my list of things to do in Rotorua for so long now. There always seemed to be a reason not to go...
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Waipu Caves

9 tips for exploring the Waipu Caves

Waipu Caves have been on my list for a while. I’ve driven past the sign a few times now but they’ve never seemed particularly keen. So this time it was just me...
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Coco Cabana

The little cabin in the clearing - Coco Cabana

So I bet you can’t get the Coco Cabana song out of your head now either (you’re welcome) and I bet you, like me, only know the chorus too. And perhaps like...
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Marsden Estate

Spirit animal ducks, giant antipasto platters and sensational chardonnay at Marsden Estate

We’re long time fans of a good vineyard lunch. It’s just everything I love all wrapped up into one irresistible package – out of the city, great views, amazing food and great...
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Helena Bay Gallery

Taking the long way to Russell

I’ve only ever been to Russell on the ferry from Paihia. Which means I go on foot, which means (remembering I’m rather lazy) that I only ever explore a couple of streets...
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