Johnny Ruffo takes a break from chemo sessions during winter getaway with Tahnee Smith

Johnny Ruffo and Tahnsee Sims escape to NZ for a winter retreat. Source: Instagram @johnny_ruffo | @tahneesims

Former Home And Away star, Johnny Ruffo, is taking a much needed break from his terminal cancer treatment to enjoy a snowy winter retreat in New Zealand with his longtime girlfriend, Tahnee Sims.

Amid the regular updates of his hospital visits and chemotherapy sessions, the 35-year-old entertainer has recently given his followers a glimpse of more exciting moments happening in his life.

On Thursday, July 13, Ruffo delighted fans by sharing several stunning photos from his trip to Queenstown with Sims.


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One picture captured the couple beaming with joy, wearing cosy beanies to brave the cold weather. In another snapshot, Ruffo is seen standing beside a steaming hot tub, with a breathtaking view of the mountains in the background.

The carousel of photos was accompanied by Ruffo’s caption, “Back at it again in Queenstown” followed by a snowflake emoji.

Friends and fans flooded Ruffo’s comment section, sending their well wishes and support for his safe and happy journey.

“Enjoy every moment Johnny you deserve it big time. I’m a Nonna too… wishing you lots of love and happiness.”

“Looking good have an amazing time relaxing stay strong keep smiling.”

“My favourite place. Enjoy it. You deserve a wonderful holiday Johnny.”

“You guys are truly beautiful, prayers for you always JR and to your gorgeous girl. Enjoy Queenstown, looks amazing!”

Despite his trials and tribulations, Ruffo has previously shared that he still enjoys days of happiness, sharing that he and Sims –whom he affectionately refers to as his “guardian angel”– try to “find the goodness and joy in every little moment”.

Earlier this year, the actor shared his philosophy on how to make the most out of life, saying the key was to not “sweat the small things”.

“Cherish life,” he told Kicpod podcast hosts Steph Claire Smith and Lauren Henshaw.

“Don’t sweat the small things and make sure the last conversation you have with people that you love is a good one.”

Though Ruffo had previously admitted that he fears the thought of dying before his loved ones have the chance to “say goodbye,” he remains determined to keep “powering through” his battle.

“At some point, it will get me but I’m still fighting. Still kicking on…I’m already winning. My goal now is to try and help as many people as I can and also live a happy life,” he said.

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