Oceania

Top 5 Places to Tour When Backpacking in Tasmania

Tasmania in its isolation from the Australian mainland remains one of those parts of the country where some working holiday visa holders always seem to miss out on. Arguably, this is the best part of Australia. Cooler climates, more wilderness and some ridiculously cool sights to check out make Tasmania a backpacker’s dream. Arrival into Tasmania is often by the...

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...

Winter in Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie Country, South Island; is probably my most blogged about location (after Christchurch). On June 15th, with my friend newly arrived from London we made the trip along with my flatmate and a fellow traveller. The weather did not look promising for the entire week, or even on the day, but we went anyway, and I am glad we did. This trip will...

Obtaining a New Zealand driving licence as a British Expat

Driving in New Zealand is similar to driving in the UK. You drive on the right hand side of the road. Although when I arrived there was a silly give way rule, were you would give way to those crossing in your path – strange indeed. This has since been changed to reflect road rules in the UK. A promotional poster with the new road rule: it made sense to me, but...

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 is really quite a spectacle to behold – walking along and seeing hot mud bubble up from the ground! The other thing Rotorua is...

Sydney and The Blue Mountains, Australia

Recently I have been thinking about my past travel experiences, and thought I’d do a wee series of postings about them, as apart from my photographs on Facebook, or hard copies (printed) my travel hasn’t been that well documented. I did keep a journal of my trip to Australia and NZ for this period, but it is at home somewhere. However, I think I can...

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 well 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 on 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...

Christchurch: April update

April has been a fairly quiet month for me, in respect to many other months I have had, which has been nice in some ways. Again, nice to be in Christchurch rather than rushing about so much. After our glorious Easter weather and the short spell I had in Auckland, pre-winter weather had started to kick in. We initially had a lot of rain, which I was so unprepared for...

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