Travel Communicators Blog

Blog for travel writing,photography and publishing in New Zealand and internationally.
I am a freelance writer who has travelled extensively in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Most recently my travel writing for the NZ Herald and Herald on Sunday has focused on travelling with children. My recent commissions included a well-researched piece about the hot springs of New Zealand, a weekend in the once thriving spa-town of Te Aroha, and Rotorua without breaking the bank. I'm interested in writing about unusual holidays with children, how to relive your childhood memories with the latest generation , and ways to save money when travelling. Other than travel writing, I write predominately about Money and Property Investing.

Below are some examples of my work:

Wellington for the Comfort conscious

A wild weekend in Rotorua

Coromandel: Gorge yourself

Ohakune: It's (almost) all downhill

Bay of Islands: Forest to the sea

Whanganui: River of dreams

 Conquering the high seas

You're either a boatie or a landlubber. That's the reality for most Aucklanders. Boaties are out on the harbour every time the opportunity arises. ...

Gold Coast: A beginner's guide

Outback: How to kill a cane toad kindly

Wellington – forgotten treasure

North Shore: Ramble around the bays

Whangarei: Bream come true

Pirongia: a piece of history

Cheers and loafing in Rotovegas

Huia: Big adventure, little time


Rotorua: The old soak

Put a spring in your step

What’s the Matamata? It’s a gem

A hole in one

Waihi: Camping for the comfort conscious

Diana Noonan was runner-up in the Heritage Hotels Award for the Best Travel Story about New Zealand and has scooped a string of national and international awards over a wide variety of genres including travel, environmental and architectural writing. She has been the recipient of numerous Arts Council awards, grants and residencies. Her work has been published in several languages. Diana travels widely and writes for a range of publications including Travel Associates, NZ Flight Centre Blog, GrownupsNZ, Radio New Zealand, Lifestyle Block, Organic New Zealand,  Kiwi Gardener, Forward 50, Family Care, and a host of newspapers. For 8 years she was editor of New Zealand’s longest running publication, the iconic School Journal. Her most recent work centres on social documentary. Wherever in the world Diana visits, she likes to seek out and engage with the local population, to bike or take local transport, and especially to document traditional lifestyles, horticultural practices and environmental tourism and projects. And every so often she steps into the dreamy world of high-end travel. Diana lives in the Catlins with her award-winning illustrator husband, Keith Olsen

Eleanor was awarded runner up New Travel Writer of the Year at the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards 2017 and has had travel articles published by the New Zealand Herald, Gisborne Herald, Flight Centre NZ blog, and Explore Guyana 2019 - Guyana Tourism Board's annual tourism magazine.    She also writes children’s fiction and non-fiction with articles, short stories, a picture book and short chapter books published by New Zealand and Australian, mainly educational, publishers.

Recent travels have been overland journeys – from Mexico City to Panama City, Colombia down to Brazil, Brazil to French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname, Buenos Aires to Santiago via Ushuaia.  Other overland journeys in the last few years have been from Beijing to Xi’an, Hong Kong to Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi.  She also enjoys exploring New Zealand and cycling the rail trails. email:

I write stuff. It's what I do. I write about travel, the arts, culture, books, nature and people. Travelling far and wide, I'm always on the look out for compelling stories about fascinating people and places. I've written for The NZ Herald, the Herald on Sunday, The NZ Woman's Weekly, New Idea, The Dominon, Time Out London, Metro London,, Dish and Scarlet (UK). Lately I've also been contributing to Voyeur (the Virgin Airlines inflight magazine), Mabuhay (the Philippines Airlines inflight magazine), The NZ Listener and North & South.

EVA CADARIO has a passion for photography and has had her work published in travel guide books (Thomas Cook Publishing Travellers China, Bradmans Business Guides – Asia, Bradmans Guides – Far East) and in leaflets and brochures for Cancer Research Campaign, UK.  She has exhibited her travel photographs of Mongolia in her solo exhibition “Landlocked” in Glasgow, and abstract work as part of a collective Christmas show, also in Glasgow.  Her photo of a yellow crowned night heron featured in the 2007 calendar of the Galapagos Conservation Trust.  Her written publications to date extend to medical research and a review of the film “The Devil and Daniel Johnston” in the Psychiatric Bulletin.  Eva grew up in Germany, has lived in Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and Scotland, and currently resides in New Zealand.  She has explored numerous countries on every continent except Antarctica. 



EWAN McDONALD owns Turtle Pond Media, a communications, content, design and editing consultancy based in Auckland. As a freelance journalist, travel writer and editor, his work is regularly featured in the NZ Herald,, MiNDFOOD and other New Zealand and overseas publications.

Previous roles include Managing Editor of Custom Publications for New Zealand's largest media company, APN, with responsibilities from travel publications to Motoring, Lifestyle, Food and Wine, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Entertainment and Sustainable Lifestyle & Business publications.

He and his staff have won more than 50 UN, international and national journalism awards including Travcom's 2011 Best Newspaper Travel Article (winner) and 2012 Best Story about a Journey (runner-up).

He was Founding Editor of New Zealand’s most awarded community newspaper, The Aucklander. For 12 years he was the country’s most widely read restaurant reviewer, featuring in Viva (NZ Herald) and He has written about travel for more than 20 years, mostly for the NZ Herald, associated publications and the NZ Woman’s Weekly. His work spans Africa, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and America, as well as small and relatively perfectly formed islands and bylands between. His favourite place to visit is “the next one”.

Outside journalism Ewan is president of Travcom, the NZ guild of travel writers, photographers and industry professionals. He has been a national councillor for the NZ Football Association (now NZ Football) and led several sporting organisations and clubs.

Ph: 021 686 002

FAY LOONEY   is a landscape photographer and author of First Light Last Light Images of New Zealand (Hodder Moa Beckitt). New Zealand Lanscape Note card collection, authentic NZ& Australian Christmas card range.

283 Koru Rd, RD4, NEW PLYMOUTH.  Ph: (06) 752 7125, email:  

FRANCES EDMOND is an Auckland-based freelance screenwriter, playwright, theatre reviewer (finalist in the 2009 Qantas Media Awards) and actor.  A lifelong passion for travel – particularly in pursuit of ancient history – finally coalesced into words and her first travel article, on Uzbekistan, was published in the NZ Listener in December 2011.

P O Box 832, Waiheke Post Shop, Waiheke Island 1840.   Mob:  021 238 1757   Email: 

Gillian Candler is an award winning writer of children's non-fiction. Her travel writing includes articles for publications such as Wilderness Magazine and Forest and Bird Magazine, and has a focus on enjoyment and appreciation of the natural world and the great outdoors.She writes a blog ExploreDiscoverNature which started out as a blog to support her children's non-fiction titles in the 'explore & discover' series published by Craig Potton Publishing. She blogs about New Zealand nature - walks, observations, activities for families, and citizen science projects.Contact:  
GILLIAN VINE is a prizewinning senior journalist and photographer, based in Dunedin. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines in New Zealand and overseas and her specialist writing/photographic areas are gardening and the Pacific War. She is available for freelance assignments. 247 North Rd, North East Valley, DUNEDIN 9010. Ph: (021) 705-708; email:
Giora Dan is an internationally published travel, documentary & commercial photographer based in Christchurch New Zealand. He is also an experienced photographic educator. Giora has worked on a variety of documentary assignments ranging from low lying Pacific atolls to mountain top monasteries in Asia. His images have been widely published in geographical magazines in North America, Europe, Africa and the Asia/ Pacific region. He has worked for the International entities such as the Federation of the Red Cross/ Crescent Sony Asia Pacific, Nikon Asia and Panasonic Japan Giora is based in Christchurch. 021-767883
GORDON GILLAN is the Public Relations and Partnerships Manager for The Travel Corporation in New Zealand, the parent company of popular guided holiday, soft adventure and river cruising holiday brands AAT Kings, Adventure World, Contiki Holidays, Insight Vacations, Trafalgar and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. Prior to joining The Travel Corporation in July 2011, Gordon was the managing editor of New Zealand Traveltrade magazine, the country’s leading fortnightly travel and tourism industry magazine, a role he filled for seven and a half years.   Ph: 09 300 1597, Mob: 021 265 1227, Email: