New Zealand

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Christchurch: Two years post earthquake

Christchurch: Two years post earthquake

Yesterday marked two years since the earthquake that destroyed many parts of Christchurch. Although I wasn’t there for it (I was in Sydney), I still feel apart of it as I have lived with the reminders of what it has done.I think what surprised my dad the most when he was here that although it was 2 years post quake, there is still a long way to go for...

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Today I had the opportunity to take my sister to one of my favourite spots in New Zealand: Lake Tekapo. I am not sure what entitled Lake Tekapo to become one of my favourite spots pretty early on. The Lake is such a grand size, so blue and with the mountains as a backdrop, it is awe inspiring. I think I’ve mentioned before in other blogs about how I enjoy being...

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