Ah-leen Rayner from Kiwi Rail

If I could only visit one city in New Zealand it would be…
My idea of an escape isn’t a city … I love small towns.

One thing I love about the North Island is…
The world-famous chocolate éclair shop in Ohakune.

Describe the typical New Zealander in three words…
Welcoming, entrepreneurial, genuine.

My favourite place to relax is…
Kohimarama beach, surrounded by a local community of regulars and their gorgeous dogs.

NZ’s yummiest icecream can be found at…
St Heliers Bay Bistro – salted caramel.

Essential Kiwi lingo to learn…
“Sweet as” (good, great or excellent).

Nicest spot for a beach walk is…
Whatipu on Auckland’s wild west coast

My ultimate ‘family day out’ would be…
A bluebird day skiing hard at Cadrona, followed by exploring one of our amazing vineyards, try Akurua Winery near Arrowtown.

If you love adventure you should check out…
Interislander ferry in rough seas!

When I need a caffeine fix I go to…
The Store in Kohimarama, great coffee, great service and a bit of banter!

For a good view, visit…
Arataki visitor centre in the Waitakere Ranges.

My hometown’s best-kept secret is…
The view from under the Auckland Harbour Bridge – Stokes Point Reserve.

I love New Zealand because…
Of its diversity and there’s no place like home with the best coffee in the world!