'Wellywood' and Sunny Nelson

First off has to be Wellington (sometimes referred to as ‘Wellywood’, thanks to the film industry located in the city), the city at the very heart of the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series. Reviewers have commented that Wellington feels like its own character in my books, and rightly so! It’s a small city full of character, snuggling into the hills around a perfect U-shaped harbour at the bottom of the North Island.

See where Jessica, Brooke and Grace call home.

Wellington Harbour, New Zealand
Wellington Harbour, New Zealand
Wellington Cable Car New Zealand
Cable Car - Wellington, New Zealand
Tahunanui Beach Nelson New Zealand
Tahunanui Beach - Nelson, New Zealand

In Styling Wellywood, Book 1 in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, Jessica escapes her troubles in Wellington by heading to Nelson, a small city at the top of the South Island. It’s a picturesque spot, with rolling green hills and golden sand beaches like Tahunanui Beach, enjoying its own warm and sunny microclimate most of the year.

Learn more about Wellington and Nelson.

Queenstown and 'Hobbiton'

In Miss Perfect Meets Her Match, Book 2 in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, Brooke runs a seminar in the beautiful Queenstown Lakes District. Located in Otago in the South Island, it’s a major tourist destination for it’s skiing in winter and outdoor fun all year around. It’s home to the township of Queesntown, set on the shores of the deep blue waters of Lake Wakitipu, vineyards famous for thei Pinot Noir, and Arrowtown, a quaint gold rush town that still retains its Nineteenth Century feel.

Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
View from the Gondola Queenstown New Zealand
View from the Gondola - Queenstown, New Zealand
Hobbiton Matamata New Zealand
Hobbit House, Hobbiton - Matamata, New Zealand

Also in Miss Perfect Meets Her Match, Book 2 in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, Logan is obsessed with all things Tolkein. He visits Hobbiton in the North Island, where scenes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were filmed.

Learn more about Queenstown and the Hobbiton movie set.

The 'City of Sails' and the Hawke's Bay Region

In Falling for Grace, Book 3 in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, Grace spends time in the City of Sails, Auckland, so called for the large number of yachts sailing in its surrounding waters at any given time. Set on a sparkling blue harbour, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city.

Auckland City, New Zealand
Night in the City of Sails - Auckland, New Zealand
Waimarama Beach Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Waimarama Beach - Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Also in Falling for Grace, Book 3 in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, Grace spends a weekend in the beautiful Hawke’s Bay region, the fruit bowl of New Zealand. The Hawke’s Bay landscape is dotted with orchards and vineyards, stretching for as far as the eye can see, with golden sand beaches and Te Mata Peak towering above the plains.

Learn more about Auckland and the Hawke's Bay region.