Oceania

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...

Dunedin, New Zealand

Another week and another little side trip to some far flung area of New Zealand – Dunedin! 5pm on Friday, after a hectic week at work, I left (on time!) and got on an intercity bus to Dunedin, which only cost about $50 return. I don’t mind the intercity buses, they are warm and comfy, and it wasn’t packed, so I got to spread out and sleep...

Wellington, New Zealand

After four months here, I finally made it up to the Capital. Wellington has quite a small city feel to it, which is quite nice. I was able to walk from one end to the other in about 30 mins. Wellington is always known as ‘Windy Wellington’ and it was, but so much warmer. I rocked up in my winter boots, a coat and a scarf on, and I quickly stripped down to...

A West Coast Road Trip, New Zealand

(box of fluffy ducks translation = cheerful/very good .. I heard this at work today and thought i’d enlighten you all with a new kiwi phrase!) So Easter has come and gone, very quickly. I can hardly believe it is April. I have now been living and working in NZ for 3 months. It’s went so quick! Loving the fact that tomorrow is Wednesday .. Short weeks do...

The Hokitika Wild Foods Festival

Ever had the desire to eat a Huhu grub, some sheep’s brains, or grasshoppers? No, either did I. However, this weekend, I travelled over to Hokitika on the West Coast of the South Island to party at the Wild Foods Festival. When is the Wild Foods Festival? It normally happens in March every year, usually the second weekend. Cost? At the time, I paid $33, but...

Life in Christchurch

It’s been a wee while since I updated, so here you go! It’s been 66 days since I landed in Christchurch! Doesn’t seem like a long time, but I am starting to feel quite settled and this life has become normal! That said … All going well here. We are into March and the weather has well and truely turned into autumn, with summer weather appearing...

Bungy Jumping in Auckland, New Zealand

I’ve not long returned from a trip up to Auckland. My flight left Christchurch just after 7pm on 23/02/12 … which is one year to the day that I flew from Sydney to Auckland. I had no idea that one year later I would be living and working in Christchurch. I think I mentioned in an earlier post, but domestic air travel here is SO easy! You don’t need...

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand: The Most Beautiful Lake in the World

Lakes, the Sea and Rivers are among my favourite part of outdoor life. I feel that they show the majesty of the World, and make you feel incredibly small, but left in awe at the same time. New Zealand is full of Lakes and Rivers, and amazing places that I am discovering on a regular basis, and leave feeling more and more in love with this beautiful country. So last...

My first week in Christchurch, New Zealand

When you up sticks and move house, it can be quite daunting. You need to settle into your new surroundings, make friends and figure your new community out. From local shops and services, to the best places to hang out. This all seems to be a little more daunting when you move to the other side of the World. However, I have now been resident in Christchurch, New...

The uncertainties of leaving your home

Sometimes when we have made a decision about something, things seem to piece together quite nicely. Other times, things happen, which make you doubt your decision. I was woken up fairly early this morning – 1.15am by a phone call from a friend who told me that Christchurch had experienced another earthquake of at least 5.3. Thinking it was a dream, when I got...

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