New Zealand

My kiwi anniversary: One year in New Zealand

My kiwi anniversary: One year in New Zealand

One year ago today, I landed in Christchurch, New Zealand, with nothing more than a rucksack, a small backpack, the knowledge that I had a job and a place to live. I knew noone and was excited to start my adventures. I remember my first day, driving from the airport, thinking how different the roads and neighbourhoods looked; and thats not just in relation to...

Aquapackers, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Aquapackers, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Abel Tasman National Park is one of the many National Parks in New Zealand, and is the smallest in the country. Last year around Waitangi day (a New Zealand National Holiday) I wrote about going to Kaiteriteri, which is on the outskirts of the park. It was such an amazing area, but we got rained out, so I vowed I’d return one day. It was somewhere on my sisters...

Nelson, Marlborough, New Zealand

Nelson, Marlborough, New Zealand

After a full on day at work trying to organise things so that my colleagues weren’t too swamped when they returned, I headed to the airport to take my last flight of 2012. This time to a new airport in New Zealand: Nelson. This year I’ve taken 24 flights in one year, that has to be a record; its been a pretty busy year for me. Nelson isn’t somewhere...

Christmas when you travel: A Kiwi Christmas

Christmas when you travel: A Kiwi Christmas

Christmas Eve at home in Northern Ireland is usually a fairly manic day were we rush around picking up last minute things for our Christmas dinner, and extra presents. We are often wrapped up toasty warm, it is dark at 3pm and there are Christmas carols being played over a PA system in town. It really feels like Christmas … or I guess, the Christmas that I have...

Bay of Islands and the Far North, New Zealand

Bay of Islands and the Far North, New Zealand

December 22nd-23rd 2012 After saying an extremely tearful goodbye to my dad at my Aunt’s house in Auckland (his short visit unsettled me a lot more than I expected), my sister and I headed off up to the Bay of Islands: a journey of approximately 3 hours. Prior to leaving Queenstown, we got a phone call from our hostel that I booked three weeks earlier; the...

Queenstown, Otago

Queenstown, Otago

I was quite sad to leave Wanaka, it was somewhere that I had quickly fallen in love with, with its grand lake, quaint shops and cafes and generally relaxed atmosphere. I would love to return again in the winter to stay at the amazing bach and snowboard.We drove through central Otago around Alexandra and Cromwell. It was so beautiful. We stopped off a family run...

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand

Visiting Wanaka was another one of those ‘must-sees’ in the South Island. Primarily as I had heard a lot about it from my parents, my aunt who goes there to ski and colleagues at work. The last time I was there, back in June it was quite brief so I was quite excited about spending more time seeing it properly and being there in good weather. The drive...

Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand

Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand

Visit to Te Anau. 16th-18th December 2012 I was excited about going to Te Anau. It was a place that I had not been to so far during the year, and had heard so many great things about it, particularly from my parents, who had been there in early 2011. Te Anau sits on the border of Fiordland National Park, which is New Zealand’s largest National Park, and is...

The Catlins, South Otago – Invercargill

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...

Christchurch: a changing city

Christchurch: a changing city

Now that I have been living in Christchurch for the past ten months, there is the temptation to not update my ‘travel’ blog, as I am not travelling as such, and I think seeing as there has been quite a gap at times in some of my entries is testament to that. However, thinking about it I am living in a different city, in a different country, in a different...

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