: About the author
Kia ora and welcome to Ramblings,
a fairly random collection of travel yarns, reportage and photos by Peter de
Graaf. I'm a journalist, photographer and occasional travel
writer based in
Kerikeri, in New Zealand's Far North. When
I'm not tinkering with this website I
work for the
Northern Advocate, a regional daily newspaper based in the city of
I made the switch to journalism in 2001 after returning from what was supposed to be a six-month trip overseas but somehow lasted 12 years. In that time I made a brief and spectacularly unsuccessful attempt to live and work in the UK; spent a few years in Amsterdam, getting to know the land of my ancestors; and accidentally ended up in what was then still Czechoslovakia. I stayed for seven years, mostly teaching at Anglo-Czech High School in a town called Ceske Budejovice, where I forged some wonderful friendships and a fascination for the post-communist world.
In that time I travelled as far as my
wallet would allow, which was not always very far.
It was in the Czech Republic that I was inspired to become a journalist. The epiphany came at a concert by a rock band formerly known as The Plastic People of the Universe - but that's a whole other story...
My interests are photography, languages, tramping (that's hiking for anyone not versed in New Zealand English) and exploring this crazy planet we live on.
If you have a question or want to use a photo or a
story somewhere, flick me an email: