leonie wise & sprit guide. photo by david duchemin

me and my spirit guide. hokkaido, japan, jan 2015. photo by David duChemin

i was born in the pacific ocean, under southern skies, somewhere in the wilds of new zealand.

my beloved and i spent a few years living in london, uk, made some amazing friends and had some incredible adventures, then returned to NZ, to live on Waiheke Island in late-2013

raised in camp kitchens.
creator of weekends collected.
married to adventure (and Nic Wise)
tree climber.
persistently joyful

i love simplicity and quiet moments; heart conversations; camera, pen and paper; champagne and campervans; espresso and long sunday morning trail runs; shells and heart-shaped stones.

publications | collaborations | exhibitions


  • 10 | photograph from the Great Barrier Island Wharf to Wharf race is published in the Waiheke Weekender newspaper
  • 05 | photograph published in Mabel Magazine, issue #3
  • 01 | i write about a day spent walking the tongariro alpine crossing on the Bowndling website (site no longer active)
  • 01 | The Kiwi Blogger Picks: Top Destinations for 2015 on the Cheap Flights website



previous years



20 thoughts on “hello

  • Hi Leonie,

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    Please let me know if you would be interested in working with Paperless Post. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • I am just so loving following along with you– you need to KNOW this– I am on the other side of the screen reading and sighing with joy at the loveliness of your photos and the poetics of your words and reflections. XOXOX

  • hi,leonie! i enjoy each and every post you have. your pictures are all so beautiful and your messages inspiring! thank you! :)

  • Your site brings me such happiness! Do you sell your images? Is there a collection online somewhere? I’d love to decorate some of my empty walls with images that bring such wonder to my life.

  • Wow. I’ve had the fortune of stumbling upon your blog after googling something insignificant. I think it was fate… the writing, the photos, the layout, the intention. It’s all so inspiring, you are a definite bookmark… some of your photos are so terrifically raw I want to cry. Thank you for creating what might be the most lovely blog I’ve ever encountered, your blog is like escapism into a world free of material things, hatred and insignificant worry… it’s like taking a step backward and just looking on at how magnificent life and the world really are, good things, bad things- they all just roll into one to create this beautiful planet we call home. That a blog could get that across to me, well – you’re quite fantastic at what you do, really… That you come from Wellington is a huge plus. It’s just so amazing we have such talented real people to emerge from this city. I am 15 and I will be checking in on your blog for many many days and years ahead now, I just know it. :)

  • We met at my first gift weekend. We shared a bunkbed,AND I THINK OF YOU SO OFTEN!! My new married name is Bridget Smith I’m on face book look me up.

  • Sas gifted me with your *amazing* poetry book and I have wrapped your words around my mind like an alpaca blanket. I am honored to have met you through your writing, your photography, your book- and I look forward to continuing this life journey, enriched by such a kindred spirit.

    I, for one, am delighted beyond words to have found you.


  • very lovely to virtually meet you! I look forward to coming back and getting to know you better via this wonderful blog!

  • You my darling are a gem, just read that poem
    “between the fold” just beautifully captured like art.
    Will be lovely to see you again when ever that is but i feel you from here oh darling, gracious,wise, beautiful one.
    MAny blessings to you x x x x x x x x x x

  • just remembered… we made a date….sitting duck 2010. can’t remember the specific date and the diary I wrote it in is long gone :-) hope all is very well in your world.

  • Thanks for linking to my site. After reading your posts and your bio, it’s quite an honor. You are swimming in artistic talents. How you ever left New Zealand for London is beyond me. I lived in London for 10 years and if had a home like New Zealand, I’d be there in a flash! I hoping to at least visit here once…for a long, long time.

    All the best!

  • hello beautiful sister, i liove your blog, you never cease to amaze me, you inspire me
    i feel you on the page and miss you x x x
    love and hugs Rene

  • It’s a pleasure to “meet” you here, Leonie. :-)
    You are a beautiful soul! I look forward to getting to know you better through your wonderful work here.

  • Wow, what an amazing sister I have. you are really blossoming into the prettiest flower I can imagine. I have only the best thoughts and memories of you. mostly your smile either with or without tears. you are doing the most amazing things and I am proud of you.

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