I was being sent for work, so my trip was paid for, and the company (Indian Ink) was happy for my partner Isaac to come along (we flew separately, because we got a better deal on Isaac’s ticket if he stopped in Fiji, whereas Indian Ink kindly thought I should fly direct). The company even set us up with a board member’s home on the beach for the weekend in the Bay of Islands, where we took a jet-ski tour, explored the town, and spent a whole lot of time on the veranda enjoying the private beach. Then we spent a week in Auckland, where we had many foodie adventures at night (while Isaac explored during the day while I was in rehearsal). We looped down after the week of work down to Hobbiton to check out some Lord of the Rings sets, stopping in a small arts town on the way and buying a painting.