For Miranda Kerr, there is no other place in the world like New Zealand where she enjoys private family moments.
The Australian model expressed her love for the country in the New York Times' T Magazine, published today.
Wellington was the perfect backdrop for the magazine spread, photographed by husband Orlando Bloom, showing Kerr at her favourite local spots, including Maranui Café and Oriental Bay. See the whole photo spread here.
Kerr told the magazine she first visited New Zealand when she was 18, just out of high school and it was "one of the best times" of her life.
"Every since, I've wanted to get back to New Zealand," she said.
When Bloom came to Wellington for the filming of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit last year, Kerr got that opportunity to re-visit for seven months, beginning last December.
Now a mother of 19-month-old Flynn, she replaced the tent from her earlier days with a seaside mansion where every window looked out on Wellington Harbour.
She said her time in Wellington was a reminder of life before her modelling career and the fame that came with it.
When she first arrived, Kerr took a road trip with Bloom and her son, aimlessly driving around the countryside.
"We didn't camp because Flynn's still a little young for that," Kerr told the magazine.
"But it was just the three of us, nothing to do except be with each other in this shockingly beautiful place."
She could spend time with Flynn at the Botanic Gardens, sit in public without being disturbed.
"In Los Angeles, there are people camped out in our driveway every day, waiting to follow us wherever we go," Kerr said.
Bloom told the magazine New Zealanders were "just really real'' people.
"They don't care about the same things that everyone else does."
When Kerr was asked what she loved most about Wellington, she pointed to Scorching Bay.
"I take Flynn there a lot, just play in the sand," she told the magazine.
"And I was there with him a few days ago, right after coming back from a job in Tokyo. He was covered in sand, I was covered in sand, but it didn't matter."
As she walked home that day, Bloom showed up on his mountain bike and began showing Flynn some tricks.
He kept shouting "more, more," Kerr said.
"It sounds so simple, I know but that's kind of what it's all about here. Just those small moments that you can't have anywhere else."
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