ALEXIA SANTAMARIA is a freelance writer for Herald on Sunday Travel, Weekend Magazine in the Weekend Herald, NEXT magazine, FOOD magazine, Flight Centre blog, Kia Ora, Good Health Choices, AA Directions, New Zealand Woman's Weekly, Dish and many other New Zealand publications - as well as judging on Metro Magazine's Top Cafes and Cheap Eats specials. She won the Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism story in the Cathay Pacific Travel Media awards in 2016.
Having lived in Narita for two years, London for one and Glasgow for another ̶ as well as numerous shorter stints around Europe ̶ she is now based in Auckland and fuelling her passion for travel through shorter assignments to wherever work takes her.
Alexia loves writing travel stories that tell people things they won’t find in any guide books ̶ the tired-looking pastry shop with the croissants you'd sell you grandma for; the secret beach just five minutes trek through the bush from the well-known one; the collection of wild pigs on the side of the road and the man who will give you a baby one to pat if you like. She's the queen of hidden gems and never more than when she's one half of the website http://cheapeats.co.nz/ which finds Auckland’s surprise budget eats.