Who... ME? Good heart, strong body, simple mind: blessed. May those who venture find the good they seek, wherever they look. I liked this poemy motto so much I stuck it to my bench table ( also saved me from buying and owning a doily). "Laugh until you cry, dream big, travel the world, watch a sunset, fall in love, take a risk, order dessert, shake things up, treat yourself once in a while, dance, sing out loud, give with a happy heart, be thankful, be you." (author unknown). The photo on the left is me as the happy conqueror of Panekire Bluff, and a few hours later the Waikaremoana Great Walk - 2.5 days from the suite and back. Very sore but thrilled to get the pack off my back, and the walk off my bucket list. Still on my local bucket list: 1. Kayak to, and camp on, the remote Waikaremoana beaches. 2. Kite surf out of Rosie's Bay. 3. Learn to surf at Mahia Beach. 4. The other 8 Great Walks in NZ. These days I'm getting out the back door as often as I can to some of my favorite and secret places here. Into boulder scrambling, fishing, swimming ,and soaking up the sun on the secluded beaches. I'm very happy to share my local knowledge and time, should you choose. Please see the 'Guest Interaction' section of my listing for more info. My life's global road map so far: Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Locally here in NZ: Nelson, Bay of Islands, Waikaremoana. Some of the hats I've worn over the years: skipper, primary school teacher, business analyst, programmer, web designer & seo, and currently full time host. Yes! I make a living as a host. Can you believe it? Me so lucky :-) A few things I miss most living in middle earth: social sports, restaurants, sailing, people of like mind. A few things here that give me a buzz: kayaking, sharing the special places here with others, my random orchard, and the beauty of nature all around me. Lots more, maybe that's for later. I don't have an online profile by choice so becoming "trust verified' will be a stretch. Best you web search reviews if you need that level of reassurance. I've been hosting for 5 years so there's a bit out there to read. Looking forward to my first review here, so be the first to book with 9Flats and have great experience with me at the Tuai Suite Waikaremoana. Until then, best wishes for a great holiday!