Yoga instructor and former TV3 reporter Claire Robbie has returned to New Zealand after nine months travelling the world making a documentary series about healthy, happy and inspirational people from an array of different cultures and destinations. Last Christmas, during the trip, she joined TV3's Samantha Hayes in South Africa.

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Robbie, 34, has returned home with her 17-month-old son, Jack. The baby's Dad, 30-year-old trainer and lifestyle coach Luke Sniewski, is continuing his travels. Meanwhile, Robbie has embraced her independence and calls herself a warrior Mum.

"A couple of opportunities popped up back here and I couldn't wait to get home and back into 'normal life'," Robbie told Spy.


"Travelling with a baby was incredible, challenging and hugely introspective for me. All the long-haul travel was just me and him and pretty gnarly!

"Jack handled it like a trooper, but has only just started sleeping through the night, once we got home. I think he's just as happy as me to be in one place for a while.

"I am teaching lots of classes at Golden Yogi's new studio on Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna - possibly Auckland's most beautiful yoga space."

Robbie, the former wife of TV star Dominic Bowden, says her yoga and surf business - Jack and Olive Retreats - is going from strength to strength. Upcoming retreats will be held in Bali, Raglan, Los Angeles and France.

Sniewski intends to return to New Zealand at the end of the year.

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