New Zealand

Zorbing, Rotorua, New Zealand

During my first trip to New Zealand in Feb/March 2011, I visited the Geo-thermal wonderland that is Rotoura. Rotorua is famous for its Geysers and mud pools. It smells suspiciously like rotten eggs throughout the whole town, but it isย really quite a spectacle to behold – walking along and seeing hot mud bubble up from the ground! The other thing Rotorua is...

Jumping off the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand

Continuing on the theme of adrenaline fuelled activities in New Zealand, I thought I would briefly write about my experience of jumping from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere; Auckland’s Sky Tower (as wellย as the Sky Tower in Auckland itself). NB: The Sky Tower stands at 328m tall, with its radio transmitter on top. The Q1 building in the Gold...

Sky diving in Lake Taupo, New Zealand

For as long as I remember I have always been a bit of an adrenaline junkie. My mum was convinced that I wouldn’t live passed the age of 5, what with jumping out of trees, doing any dare I was put up to (I almost jumped from our play house roof into a paddling pool onย a concrete patio!), as well as being generally clumsy. I spent many summers in various theme...

Christchurch, New Zealand: Save the Pallet Pavilion

A few months ago I wrote about one of the Gap Filler projects The Summer Pallet Pavilion The land that the Pallet Pavilion is on, is on land belonging to the Christchurch City Council, but they gave it to Gap Filler for free. The Pavilion was due to be taken down at the end of April, but it is still here, and Gap Filler are now campaigning for it to stay for another...

Saving money as you travel, by shopping in op shops

I think I have referred to going to a few, op shops on my blog before. ย Op-shops, short for ‘Opportunity Shops’ are what people in the UK know as Charity shops, or Thrift stores in the states. I think I mentioned before about how much of an op-shop snob I used to be in the UK. I’d always go to recycle old clothes there, but never buy. However, since...

Hunting for Easter eggs on Quail Island, Christchurch

Yesterday (Easter Monday), I embarked on another little adventure to Quail Island for an Easter egg hunt. Hunting for Easter eggs is probably something a lot of people have done in their lifetime, although I’ve never done it! To me it always seemed to be very American. Easter at home in Northern Ireland usually consisted of my parents buying us Easter...

Christchurch: Summer Pallet Pavilion

The Gap Filler Project is something I mentioned earlier in another blog, which started out after the 2010 earthquakes; an initiative to use vacant spaces and sites for the community to use. When I arrived in Christchurch I signed up to get updates and hear what was going on and when, and if I could be involved. Countless times I said to myself “I should go and...

Adrenalin Forest, Christchurch

Today, I discovered another new activity in Christchurch. Adrenalin Forest. This is situated in Brooklands, about a 25 minute drive out of Christchurch in a massive Forest Park. I did know of it’s existence, but didn’t ever have the excuse to go, until it was suggested as an activity on the Meet up group I belong to. We were there for a good 4-5 hours...

Christchurch: Summer 2013

It is the last day of summer (apparently), but it is still pretty hot, and we have continued hot weather to come so it seems. It was nowhere near as nice as this last year. The only thing I am noticing is that it is slowly getting darker earlier. Winter will come I know this, and I will have to swap my fan for the electric heater and hot water bottle, but I am just...

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...

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