Author Archive for Andrew Morten

Andrew Morten is the founder of TravelEssence. Specialising in bespoke journeys to Australia and New Zealand, TravelEssence is a carbon-neutral and Travelife-certified company. Away from the mainstream, clients can travel Down Under in a uniquely local way. By staying with local hosts at unique locations in small-scale accommodations, and experiencing one-of-a-kind activities, clients can see the country through the eyes of the locals. It's a chance to get off the beaten path and explore the lesser-known. From unique encounters with wildlife, and learning about Indigenous culture to enjoying a barbecue with your friendly hosts. Andrew is a born and bred New Zealander and has over 30 years of experience in the tourism industry.

Australia's top gourmet destinations

Australia's top gourmet destinations

Australia is world-renowned for its beautifully diverse landscapes, incredible wildlife, and laid-back lifestyle.
Discover the Barossa Valley

Discover the Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is known as Australia's wine mecca. Tucked between the rolling hills of Adelaide are some of the oldest vineyards in the country.
Two people standing on a mountain peak overlooking water and mountains

5 beautiful places to hike in New Zealand

There is something quite magical in being able to lose yourself in New Zealand’s natural beauty by exploring on foot.
Bay of bright blue water surrounded by green forest and mountain

Discover the highlights of Tasmania

Widely known for having the cleanest air in the world, combined with some of the best scenery, wildlife, and rich history, Tasmania is a must-visit.
View of green vineyard surrounded by a lake

5 of New Zealand's best food and wine regions

New Zealand is a small island nation located in the Pacific ocean renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, Maori culture, friendly people, and let’s not forget its national rugby team.
11 reasons to visit Australia

11 reasons to visit Australia

With an area of 7.692 square million kilometres, Australia is a dream destination filled with surprises, natural wonders and friendly locals.
9 local gems along the east coast of Australia

9 local gems along the east coast of Australia

The East Coast of Australia stretches over 4000 kilometres. If you drive from Cairns in Tropical North Queensland to Melbourne in Victoria, it would take approximately 30 hours. This stunning stretch of coastline is filled with astonishing places, many of which you may have already heard of. From the glamour of Australia’s largest city, Sydney,
5 beautiful places to cycle in New Zealand

5 beautiful places to cycle in New Zealand

New Zealand is a natural wonderland, filled with an assortment of native wildlife and pristine wilderness. Go on an extraordinary journey, and admire ever-changing landscapes and picturesque views. From vast plains and rivers to rugged mountains and farmland, a pure nature paradise. Along the way, you will also have the opportunity to meet many proud
Explore the spectacular wine regions of Tasmania

Explore the spectacular wine regions of Tasmania

Are you a wine lover? Let’s explore the stunning wine-growing regions of Tasmania. Located on the southeast coast of Australia, Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world. Named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, this beautiful part of the world is especially popular for nature lovers and hikers. But did you know that
Take a tour of 8 of the best New Zealand wine regions

Take a tour of 8 of the best New Zealand wine regions

When we mention New Zealand, you may think of the impressive nature, the Lord of the Rings films and Maori culture, but the country is also increasingly well known for its wine.  There are about 700 wineries throughout the whole country. The cool summers and mild winters of the Southern hemisphere ensure a long growing
6 of Queensland’s most luxurious islands

6 of Queensland’s most luxurious islands

With 6973 kilometres of coastline, plenty of sunshine, pristine beaches and 1955 islands, Queensland is a pure paradise. Discover ancient rainforests, The Great Barrier Reef, colourful coastal towns, national parks, unique Australian wildlife and more. Featuring one of Australia’s warmest climates, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the beach vibes and explore Queensland’s