New Zealand

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...

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...

Lessons from snowboarding in Canterbury, New Zealand

When I lived in the UK, I was never a real ‘snow bunny’. Snowboarding or Skiing was never something I was interested in doing. Perhaps as I had the perception that it was only for people that were a little better off, and I never had the desire to spend money on flying to Europe, paying for lessons, gear hire and accommodation. I’d much rather pay...

Mud, Sweat and Tears Run

Since I’ve been in New Zealand, I’ve basically thrown myself into everything and anything. This weekend wasn’t as expection. I mentioned in a previous post about completing the mud, sweat and tears challenge which is in its 3rd year, and is pretty good fun, if you don’t mind getting dirty! I booked my place 6 weeks ago, did very little...

Ireland Vs All Blacks

Last night – Saturday June 16th was almost one of the greatest moments in Irish rugby history that I had the pleasure of witnessing. Ireland almost drew with the All Blacks (New Zealand). The score was 19-19 up until the 79th minute, then Dan Carter kicked a drop goal, bringing the final score to 21-19. Although in fairness, to us (the irish) that is pretty...

Snow in June: a southern hemisphere winter

We are now 7 days into winter in New Zealand, and this is what happened a few days ago (June 6th 2012)   It started at 8am (photo one top left hand corner) as I was leaving for work, and (top left) is what the end result was around 4pm when it stopped. I thought initally when I arrived that I’d find it very strange to see snow in June, and I guess yes...

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Trip to Tekapo, Wanaka, Arrowtown and Queenstown. June 2nd to June 4th The long weekend arrived and was very much welcomed. That one day off in the week really makes a difference. Made the decision to go to Queenstown about a week before it was planned. I went with Anna, who I met on travel buddy (www.travbuddy.com) and three other girls, all students who are in...

Christchurch: May 2012 update

I’ve not written in a while, primarily because I’ve been quite busy with life, but also I’ve not been far, or out of Canterbury in the last two weeks, but this is life here, so at times I don’t remember to write about the normal things that go on. Sunday will mark 5 months since my arrival in New Zealand. I know I’ve said it many times...

Windy Wellington

Returning to Wellington – May 14th-16th I am so glad that it is Friday tomorrow, and I will get a bit of a rest, with very little planned (for once!) After being at work all day on Monday, I decided that the obvious thing to do, before getting on a flight to Wellington would be to go to a zumba class (obviously!) I had about an hour after I got back to get...

Akaroa, Canterbury

Yesterday, I finally went around the peninsula to Akaroa. It has been ‘on my list’ since I got here, mainly as my patents had been there and I was in awe of the photos. I was meant to go back in the summer (February) but the weather wasn’t the best. It wasn’t the greatest when we went, but we did anyway. I went along with Steffi, a girl I met...

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