New Zealand

A quick fling with Hanmer Springs

New Zealand, with its population of just over 4 million, is full of a number of scarcely populated small towns, most of them heavily catered towards the many tourists, and visitors that arrive into this beautiful country each year. Hanmer Springs (not HAMMER, as auto-correct likes to revert to), or Hanmer, as its often shortened to, is one of these little touristy...

Scuba Diving at the Poor Knight’s Islands

Scuba diving has always been on my ‘life list’, especially in the Great Barrier Reef (I have yet to achieve this). I think the idea of being a real life mermaid, fascinated me. I tried Scuba Diving for the first time in the Island of Rhodes, in Greece, as a university graduation celebration in 2009. It was a short session, but a good introduction all the...

What I’ve learnt from living and travelling in New Zealand

It had always been one of my dreams to visit New Zealand. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was the incessant talking it up that my aunt (who has lived in Auckland for the past 10 years) had done, or due to the fact that it is literally, the furthest away I could be from my home country, and it was that ‘discovering the unknown’ dream I had...

Getting a Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand

It was roughly three years ago today that I started to reflect upon where I was at in my life. I was in New Zealand, on holiday, which was planned for a long time. I was 24, and had not long come out of a long term relationship with my then boyfriend. I was sat in a backpackers in Mount Manganui, on the North East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. I was...

Waitangi Day 2014 at Okains Bay, New Zealand

I love public holidays. They’re a chance to unwind from the stresses of work, have a sleep in, if you want and talk non stop about how exciting it is to have a four day week. (I am truly looking forward to being able to make travel my job at some point this year!) Being an expat in New Zealand, I’ve had to get used to only having 20 days of annual leave...

Dear Aotearoa New Zealand

Dear Aotearoa/ New Zealand, This is a particularly difficult blog post to be writing right now. I started this blog when I had made the decision to travel to New Zealand, to document my life here, the adventures I’ve had and things I’ve done, and that, I’ve definitely done. However, I was realistic that when I arrived in this beautiful country, that...

The New Zealand Travel Bucket List

Not long after I arrived in New Zealand for the second time (January 3rd 2012), I decided to create a New Zealand bucket list. There were two reasons for this: My visa (working holiday) and subsequently work contract was for 12 months Wherever I have lived, I’ve always left saying “I wish I visited there … or did that”. So in my first year here (I am coming up to two...

The cost of travel in New Zealand

Putting a price tag on the cost of travelling any country is near to impossible. This is predominantly due to the various styles of travel, as well as locations visited in that particular country, and the activities that you get up to. A quick search online will reveal that travelling in New Zealand (and its neighbour Australia), can be quite expensive. However...

How to survive a winter in New Zealand

Like many people from the Northern hemisphere, or perhaps just the UK. I always thought of places like New Zealand and Australia as a tropical paradise, a place with constant sunshine, or at least nice mild weather in general. I’ve lived through 2 winters in New Zealand, so I feel I am better prepared on how to get through it.   As I write this, I am currently...

Christchurch Gondola, Heathcote Valley, New Zealand

The Gondola in Christchurch, is a major tourist attraction run by Welcome Aboard, who also run attractions such as the Caterpillar Tour in the Botanical gardens, and the Tram (which is no longer, currently). The Gondola has been open and running since 1992, but had a short break of being open from February 2011 to April 2013 following the earthquake; a boulder from...

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