Author - Abbi

Latest travel plans: I’m coming home

Before I left the UK, one of my good friends from uni got engaged, and the wedding date was set for 2013. It has come around quickly. So after a lot of deliberating, looking online and talking to people at the Flight Centre, I booked my flight. I knew that I wanted a stop over and had first considered stopping for a few nights in each direction, i.e. San Francisco...

Christchurch: being a tour guide

My sister has now left Christchurch, and probably by this stage she will be halfway across to Singapore by now. I have had a wonderful time with her here and have enjoyed being a tour guide during her stay.In the past and even up until quite recently still, when I mention to people that I live in Christchurch, they are often surprised that 1. I would move from the UK...

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Today I had the opportunity to take my sister to one of my favourite spots in New Zealand: Lake Tekapo. I am not sure what entitled Lake Tekapo to become one of my favourite spots pretty early on. The Lake is such a grand size, so blue and with the mountains as a backdrop, it is awe inspiring. I think I’ve mentioned before in other blogs about how I enjoy being...

My kiwi anniversary: One year in New Zealand

One year ago today, I landed in Christchurch, New Zealand, with nothing more than a rucksack, a small backpack, the knowledge that I had a job and a place to live. I knew noone and was excited to start my adventures. I remember my first day, driving from the airport, thinking how different the roads and neighbourhoods looked; and thats not just in relation to...

Aquapackers, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park is one of the many National Parks in New Zealand, and is the smallest in the country. Last year around Waitangi day (a New Zealand National Holiday) I wrote about going to Kaiteriteri, which is on the outskirts of the park. It was such an amazing area, but we got rained out, so I vowed I’d return one day. It was somewhere on my sisters...

Nelson, Marlborough, New Zealand

After a full on day at work trying to organise things so that my colleagues weren’t too swamped when they returned, I headed to the airport to take my last flight of 2012. This time to a new airport in New Zealand: Nelson. This year I’ve taken 24 flights in one year, that has to be a record; its been a pretty busy year for me. Nelson isn’t somewhere...

Wanderlust: what makes you want to travel?

As it approaches the end of 2012, I have, as quite a lot of people do, been reflecting on the year that has just gone. This year has been quite the year for travelling. I visited 4 countries this year, two of them being new, and I have loved it. As I have said in my introduction on my blog, I have travelled since I have been 17. I have been to 18 countries...

Christmas when you travel: A Kiwi Christmas

Christmas Eve at home in Northern Ireland is usually a fairly manic day were we rush around picking up last minute things for our Christmas dinner, and extra presents. We are often wrapped up toasty warm, it is dark at 3pm and there are Christmas carols being played over a PA system in town. It really feels like Christmas … or I guess, the Christmas that I have...

Bay of Islands and the Far North

December 22nd-23rd 2012 After saying an extremely tearful goodbye to my dad at my Aunt’s house in Auckland (his short visit unsettled me a lot more than I expected), my sister and I headed off up to the Bay of Islands: a journey of approximately 3 hours. Prior to leaving Queenstown, we got a phone call from our hostel that I booked three weeks earlier; the...

Queenstown, Otago

I was quite sad to leave Wanaka, it was somewhere that I had quickly fallen in love with, with its grand lake, quaint shops and cafes and generally relaxed atmosphere. I would love to return again in the winter to stay at the amazing bach and snowboard.We drove through central Otago around Alexandra and Cromwell. It was so beautiful. We stopped off a family run...

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