About us

Getting lost is a travel blog with a difference.  It’s a little bit of luxury, a little bit of adventure of the beaten track, a lot of beautiful pictures, heaps of tips of where to go and a few stories in-between of how we are managing not to get lost as we navigate being a newly blended family with 3 daughters.

So, who are we?  Our family was born in May 2015 after James and Cat rekindled their childhood romance and blended their two families together.

I met James when I was 12 years old in Stillwater – he lived up the road and I was staying at the camping ground.  It was love at first sight and he became (as much as someone can at 12) my boyfriend.  Somewhat unsurprisingly we broke up 4 weeks later and instead of boyfriend/girlfriend he became my best friend.  We stayed friends for 25 years – each of us getting in and out of relationships, getting married and having children – but never together, until newly single in our late 30’s everything just kind of fell together in the most unexpected way and here we are – me and my best friend and our 3 daughters – all living together in one big messy, loud house in Auckland.

I work in an inner city advertising agency in Auckland and run a successful photography business as a sideline.  Up until falling back in love with me 2 years ago, James was working as a Joiner and lived with his daughter in a cottage on the Hauraki Plains.  We couldn’t really have been more different (our favourite song around that is Leather and Lace – “my city or mountains”).

Despite our different backgrounds, or maybe because of them our lives seemed to come together.  James took me to places I never knew existed out of Auckland and I showed him Auckland like he had never seen before.

Our first ever tradition as a newly formed family was to get lost.  Both literally on Sophia’s birthday and metaphorically as we muddled our way through the murky waters of blending families.

As parents in a blended families one of the hardest things is sending your children off to the other parent – you miss them.  On the other hand, one of the nicest things about being a parent in a blended family is sending your children off to the other parent – it’s like being young and dating all over again – but with money this time!  On here you will find some of the places that me and James have got lost together once a fortnight when we have no children.

Then there are the places we all get lost together with the kids – the adventures we plan and the ones we sometimes unwittingly find ourselves on.

We hope you like getting lost with us.




  1. I’m looking forward to following your travels and embracing the spirit of getting lost and the unexpected adventures.

  2. Muhammad Anwer Javed Akhter Reply

    Thank you very much dear McNaughton for e~mail. I have not yet seen the all pictures. But these are very inspiring. I have determine to visit New Zealand. Pakistani people have very friendly passion for all you the Great Cricketers of your beautiful country. Lot of love to dear Cat and her children.

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