New Zealand

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North Island

Waiheke Island

Known for it’s exceptional wine and wineries, we visited Waiheke Island before saying a final goodbye to New Zealand. And Waiheke, you didn’t disappoint!

Auckland

Auckland gets a lot of stick from travellers, but is it as average as people make it out to be? I reveal my thoughts on Auckland, and what you can do on your visit.

Rotorua

Rotorua – home to masses of geothermal activity, showcasing itself through hot pools, mud pools and a delightful eggy smell everywhere you go. What’s not to love…egg sandwiches anyone?

Waitomo Caves

Sometimes life has a funny way of forcing you to face your fears, pushing you outside of your comfort zone, so when I accidentally booked to go caving I took it all in my stride and headed down into the unknown.

Lake Taupo (and Kinloch)

The beautiful Lake Taupo. So much to see and so much to do, whether it’s fishing for prawns, bungy jumping over the lake or taking a boat ride out to see some awesome Maori Carvings. I’ve written about what I got up to on my visit(s), with a few other suggests for things to do too. 

Tongariro National Crossing

We got our backpacker butt’s into gear and set off to complete the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Will this NZ Great Walk be the success that we’ve been led to believe?

Napier

It’s no secret – I love Napier. Its views, its weather, its character, all adding to it’s charm, and of course I can’t miss out the stunning Art Deco that Napier is best known for. Have a read of what I loved best about one of my fave NZ town’s.

Wellington

A city of culture, clubbing and a ridiculous amount of wind. If you’re going to set up home anywhere in New Zealand then Wellington would be my first recommendation, even if it means never having a good hair day again… Take a look at my suggestion of places to visit in the country’s capital city.

Te Horo (Kapiti Coast)

After hearing lots about it, and wanting to have the complete backpacker experience, we decided to give WWOOF-ing a go. We headed over to Te Horo, on the west coast of the North Island, and our experience was interesting to say the least.

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South Island

 

Nelson/Marlborough:

Golden Bay

Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time –  so when we were in Golden Bay at the same time as the Pilot Whales it seemed like fate was telling us to get out there and do our bit to help.

Mt Arthur, Bark Bay and Split Apple Rock

Lush native bush, stunning coastline and hidden beaches… what more could you want? I explored the ultimate ‘must do’s’ when visiting the Abel Tasman National Park.

Motueka 

Located at the north of the South Island, Motueka is just a step away from the stunning Abel Tasman National Park and it’s gorgeous beaches, making it the perfect place to set up camp for a few months.

Rabbit Island and Marlborough Sounds

There is SO much to in the Tasman and Marlborough regions, and so we got our explorer selves out and about to see some of the sights for ourselves: a bike ride around Rabbit Island in an attempt to become more ‘outdoor-sy’, and relaxing at Furneaux Lodge in the luscious Marlborough Sounds, bypassing a pod of Orcas. Almost sounds sophisticated, doesn’t it?

Otago:


Wanaka, oh Wanaka…The place that will always hold a piece of my heart. You can either trust me when I say it’s a special place OR you can head over there and see it for yourself. Thank me later!


Queenstown

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he city of adventure, adrenaline and all things concerning alcohol- Queenstown is a place that suits many backpackers down to the ground. 1000% worth a visit if you’re heading around the South Island.

 

Road Trips:

South Island Road Trip: Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Christchurch, Kaikoura & Akaroa

Part 4 of my South Island roadie. Read all about my concluding days with friends as we visited some of New Zealand’s most visited destinations.

South Island Road Trip: Oamaru, Tekapo, Lake Pukaki & Mount Cook

Part 3 of my spectacular  road trip around the South Island, featuring: Oamaru, Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook.

South Island Road Trip: Invercargill, Catlins and Dunedin

Part 2 of the road trip of all road trips… this time we explored the baron city of Invercargill, the beautiful but windy coast of the Catlins and the party playground that is Dunedin.

South Island Road Trip: Te Anau, Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound

Part 1. Claimed as the eighth wonder of the world, I visited Milford Sound to see if the ‘word on the street’ was true. Is it really as beautiful as people say? Is it worth paying out to see? And is Doubtful Sound worth having a look at too? Have a read of my post to find out more.
Other:

 My 10 Favourite Places in New Zealand

After living in New Zealand for a full 12 months I’ve gotten to know this Goddess-like country pretty darn well. With so many options of places to visit here I thought I would write about my 10 favourites.

Hanmer Springs and Christchurch

We holidayed our way over to Christchurch for a pals 30th birthday, but it would have been rude not to have made a quick stop off at Hanmer Springs along the way, wouldn’t it?