As well as a writer, Julia is an avid photographer. During her time in New Zealand she took thousands of photos, not all of which could make it into the book, these are the ones that didn't. Hover over for more information and click on the images for their full sizes.

Below are the photos that appear in the printed version of the book


Freya at Biddulph Grange

Wild camping near Loch Morlich.

Tobermory in the rain, Isle of Mull.



North Island

Freya on Pakiri Beach

Bumper boats at Rainbow's End.

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula.

Julia  at Kerosene Creek near Rotorua.

Hobbit Hole.

Henry in 'Mordor'

Wellington cable car.

The parade, Wellington.

Sunrise at Mahurangi West, North Auckland.


South Island

Christmas in Nelson.

Goat Bay, Abel Tasman Track.

Rangitata Valley, film site for Edoras.

Very high fire danger in Akaroa.

Yellow-eyed Penguin, Penguin Place.

Joe and a stag, Deer Park Heights.

All set for rafting.

Panning for gold near Arrowtown.

Skydiving over Glenorchy.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound.

Doubtful Sound trip

Ready to go tramping on the Caples Track.

Glendhu Bay.

Members of the Top of the South Vintage Tractor Club.

At the end of the Hooker Valley Track.

Some New Zealand Birds




Loch Ard Gorge, The Great Ocean Road.

Crossing one of the old timber bridges on Puffing Billy.



Singapore, old and new.


Julia's birthday meal at Seahouses, Northumberland.

Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation.

We made it to Land's End - so did the car.



Overnight spot, Man o' Bay, Waiheke Island.

Artist's Palette, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Silver Fern Tree.

Hobbiton, aka Matamata.

The road to Awaawaroa Ecovillage.

Grand Chateau and Mount Ruapehu

Wellington has a cave troll.

Mural in Wellington.

James the travelling blacksmith.


Stillwell Bay, Abel Tasman Track.

Seal, Kaikoura.

Christmas Day, Akaroa.

The Moeraki Boulders.

A sizable housetruck.

Looking down over Queenstown.

The Remarkables mountain range.

Julia on Battler.

Lake Wakatipu with Pig and Pigeon Islands.

Lake Manapouri, Doubtful Sound trip.

Monster truck, the School Bully.

Mount Aspiring National Park.

Ice tunnel, Franz Josef Glacier.

Heading for Franz Josef Glacier.

Castle Hill Basin, Arthur's Pass.


Kea, alpine parrot.

A takehe, Tiritiri Matangi.


Grey kangaroos, Anglesea Golf Club.

Puffing Billy steam train.

Smudge the koala, Billabong Sanctuary.


Thian Hock Keng Temple.


The photos that didn't make it into the print version

Henry with Joe and Freya near Leigh.

Cape Reinga, North Island

Sandspit motor camp replica pioneer village.

Well-equipped kitchen, Top 10 Holiday Park, Russel.

Abel Tasman Track, South island.

Sunset near Kaikoura, South Island

Doubtful Sound,South Island.

Franz Josef Glacier. Spot the climbers.

Lake Wakatipu near Glenorchy, South Island.

Mount Cook viewed from Lake Pukaki.

On the way to Totaranui.

Kerosene Creek near Rotorua.

Hooker Valley.

Franz Josef Glacier.

I've forgotten where this was taken but I like the photo!

Abel Tasman Track, South Island.

Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Castle Hill Basin, Arthur's Pass.

Kare Kare Beach.

Young vineyard, Waiheke Island.

The famous kauri tree, Tane Mahuta.

Hooker Valley Track near Mount Cook.

Arthur's Pass, South Island.

Lake Matheson, near Fox Glacier, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman reflected.

Legolas aims...

Downtown Wellington 

And on the other side of the road...

Mural in Wellington.

Wellington Harbour.

Fell beast on top of the Embassy Theatre.

Elves at the parade.

Near Rivendell.

The Scenic Route from Havelock.