Author - Abbi

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Visiting Wanaka was another one of those ‘must-sees’ in the South Island. Primarily as I had heard a lot about it from my parents, my aunt who goes there to ski and colleagues at work. The last time I was there, back in June it was quite brief so I was quite excited about spending more time seeing it properly and being there in good weather. The drive...

Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand

Visit to Te Anau. 16th-18th December 2012 I was excited about going to Te Anau. It was a place that I had not been to so far during the year, and had heard so many great things about it, particularly from my parents, who had been there in early 2011. Te Anau sits on the border of Fiordland National Park, which is New Zealand’s largest National Park, and is...

The Catlins, South Otago – Invercargill

Sunday 16th December 2012I think one of the reasons I love New Zealand, is because it reminds me so much of home, except with better weather. Many times throughout this past year, I have been surronded with such amazing scenery and been in awe, then said – this reminds me of home. The Catlins in South Otago, is approximately a 2 hour drive south of Dunedin. If...

Christchurch, Canterbury to The Catlins, South Otago

Christchurch to Timaru – Moeraki – Dunedin – Owaka: Friday 14th – Saturday 15th December 2012 (NB: My blogger account is not uploading photos at the moment, so I will edit soon!) Having my dad in Christchurch over the past few days has been lovely. It has been nice to meet him after lunch, and come home and have dinner, or take him on a tour. One of the saddest...

Auckland: a surprise visit

I’ve been away from home for a little over 11 months. Both my sister and dad had been planning to visit me for a few months now. Both flying into Auckland 6 days apart, I grabbed a cheap flight through Air New Zealand grab a seat (www.grabaseat.co.nz) $100 return. I got half a day off work and flew up after lunchtime. I felt so nervous for some reason. My sister was...

Christchurch: a changing city

Now that I have been living in Christchurch for the past ten months, there is the temptation to not update my ‘travel’ blog, as I am not travelling as such, and I think seeing as there has been quite a gap at times in some of my entries is testament to that. However, thinking about it I am living in a different city, in a different country, in a different...

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

After about 4 hours sleep in Sydney, I got up at 5am and headed to the domestic airport, which was thankfully only a 15-minute drive from where I was staying. No matter where you travel to, or what country you are in. Airports are always really busy first thing in the morning. Perhaps it is cheaper to fly out of a country at those times for the airline itself, i.e...

A birthday trip to Sydney

October 6th 2012Normally when I travel I don’t like to sleep in too much as I like to get out and make the most of the place I am in, but due to the time difference and being up so late I stayed in bed until after 9am.When I was younger and I thought of places like Australia, I envisaged Kangaroos and endless days filled with sunshine, but this is a pretty...

Sydney, Australia: travel and night scenes

October 5th-7th 2012 Earlier this year I travelled back to Sydney in Australia. It was around my birthday and I wanted to get out of Christchurch for a little while. Orginally I was going to hit Melbourne to go to the music festival parklife, but after weighing up cost of flights to Melbourne in time for the festival, as well as the festival ticket ($190 AUD) vs the...

Fiji: tips for travellers

(Backdated entry. Written in December 2012) As I write this, a huge storm: cyclone Evan is battling through Fiji, after having destroyed a lot of places in Samoa. Storms and floods affected Fiji the previous year and it really saddens me to see this happen again, as the people in Fiji really are not as well off as those in the Western world.   Throughout my time in...

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