About Karen Goa

Freelance travel and food writer Karen Goa rides around on motorbikes and in classic cars, eats funky food (insects are off the menu) and finds out what ordinary folk all over the world are thinking. An expat Canadian now based in Auckland and a winner/finalist in the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, her quirky humour, original style and eye for the unusual make readers feel “like I’m right there”.

When she’s not swinging through treetops in Borneo or living like a monk in South Korea she’s a pootling  pillion around New Zealand’s back roads.

Karen’s travel stories and photography have been widely published in New Zealand in onHoliday, North&South, Listener, New Zealand Herald, AA Directions, Dominion Post, Pacific Wave and other outlets, and also in Australia and the US. She’s written an Auckland travel guide for the well-respected British website travel intelligence and has talked about her travels on writers’ panels at literary functions. Her food articles have appeared in the prestigious food magazines dish and Cuisine.  

She co-authored the travel book Bitten by the Bullet: Motorcycle Adventures in India (New Holland Publishers 2002), a colourful, potholed tale of riding through Rajasthan. Her second travel book One Flat Coyote on the Centre Line (New Holland Publishers 2006), takes readers on a romp all across Canada in an elderly, disgruntled 1956 Chevrolet.

Karen also writes fiction; many of her short stories have been broadcast on New Zealand’s National Radio and her work has been published in Canada.

And she’s a medical writer, too, one of the English-speaking world’s most widely cited (see and author of more than 250 articles for international medical journals.

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Books by Karen Goa
  • One Flat Coyote on the Centre Line: Cruising Canada in a classic Chevy
  • Bitten by the Bullet: Motorcycle Adventures in India