As we are nearing towards the end of lockdown we're starting to think of what "life after lockdown" might look like. We know it's going to be different before, international travel is out for a while so we think it's time to get out and explore own backyard. Supporting New Zealand businesses to get back on their feet is something we can all do to help make a difference. So hopefully soon you can use these blog posts to plan your next adventure.

We have also pulled together some new options for binge-watching as we're fully aware that coming into the week for you might be running out of ideas. Isolation can contribute to a spike in stress and anxiety so it's important to also look after our mental health, there are some great podcasts around that can help you gain a new perspective so we've pulled a list that might help out.

What We're Watching

Into the Wild

"We're all starting to think about what life is like post lockdown and this movie resonates." - Glenn

Money Heist 

When you get 3 team members recommending the same show you know it's got to be worth checking out. - Melissa, Matt and Daniel


"Swedish shows seem to have a certain darkness and depth to them, this one doesn’t disappoint". - Jade


"A drama about a shady hedge-fund investor and the shady district attorney on his tail. It has no time for the slow-burn and never skimps on surface-level fun, it’s a show that above all else will keep you entertained." - Matt. Available on Neon. 

What We're Reading

Wabi Sabi by Beth Kempton

"I’ve always intrigued by the idea of wabi sabi. Such a calmful read to slow down everything that’s happening around you. It helps you to enjoy gentle and slow living tales". - Daniel  

What We're Cooking

Okay, I gotta say nothing beats an easy recipe during a lockdown. This easy pasta/spaghetti recipe requires minimum ingredients and effort, and you should have all (or at least most) in your pantry. It took me around 15 minutes to make this which is perfect for a last-minute no-fuss dinner idea! - Daniel 

What We're Listing To

Here are our CEO Jamie's picks for albums that deserve to be listened in full. Make the most of being in charge of the playlist at home.

The Pixies - Doolittle

Nick Cave – The Boatman’s Call

Allen Stone – Building Balance

Band of Horses – Why are you okay

Roger Waters – The Wall

Podcasts That Can Help

10% Happier with Dan Harris

In his podcast, Harris and guests muse upon happiness in its many forms and ask whether striving for success and enlightenment are mutually exclusive.  

The Hilarious World of Depression with John Moe

The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of funny conversations with top comedians who have all dealt with the debilitating disease. “Depression is everywhere, and it sucks,” says the show's host, John Moe. “But talking about it doesn’t. Talking about it is a really good idea.”  

The Mental Illness Happy Hour with Paul Gilmartin 

In which the ex-alcoholic comedian talks to peers about negative thinking, trauma and addiction.  

The Unbeatable Mind Podcast with Mark Divine 

Presented by a retired Navy Seal commander-turned-author who grills athletes and ex-military personnel for life strategies.

Over On The Blog

5 Of The Best Roadies 

The classic Kiwi roadie is the same every year, for most of us: from your town to a mate’s bach. To switch things up, Jean Sergent has found some of the more unusual trips you can take across our country.

Off The Beaten Track

When we have time to get out and about we tend to stick to what we know: the same trusty bach, the same surf, and the same hikes. Post lockdown why not take your crew somewhere different? 

New Zealand's Architectural Gems

Our country seems designed with the classic roadie in mind - a new, wholly impressive vista around each bend. But while our natural landscapes are well documented, the architecture often gets forgotten, despite numerous buildings of cultural and historical significance dotted across our country. Here are five essential pit stops to enter into your GPS as you make your way around Aotearoa. 

How To Master Cast Iron

Cast iron cookware is almost indestructible and indisputably cool. Hefty, black, forged in flame: a good pan will sear steak or flash-fry fish like nobody’s business while making you feel like you’re roughing it on a campfire. But cast iron has a reputation for being… difficult. Here’s how to nail it.   

Beneath The Moustache

Meet Mo Bro Robert Dunn. You might have seen some filthy moustaches popping up your mates’ faces this month. You might even have grown one yourself. Robert Dunne from Movember had a yarn with us about how a few Melbourne lads started one of the biggest men’s health movements in the world.