New Zealand

Lessons from snowboarding in Canterbury, New Zealand

When I lived in the UK, I was never a real ‘snow bunny’. Snowboarding or Skiing was never something I was interested in doing. Perhaps as I had the perception that it was only for people that were a little better off, and I never had the desire to spend money on flying to Europe, paying for lessons, gear hire and accommodation. I’d much rather pay...

Mud, Sweat and Tears Run

Since I’ve been in New Zealand, I’ve basically thrown myself into everything and anything. This weekend wasn’t as expection. I mentioned in a previous post about completing the mud, sweat and tears challenge which is in its 3rd year, and is pretty good fun, if you don’t mind getting dirty! I booked my place 6 weeks ago, did very little...

Ireland Vs All Blacks

Last night – Saturday June 16th was almost one of the greatest moments in Irish rugby history that I had the pleasure of witnessing. Ireland almost drew with the All Blacks (New Zealand). The score was 19-19 up until the 79th minute, then Dan Carter kicked a drop goal, bringing the final score to 21-19. Although in fairness, to us (the irish) that is pretty...

Snow in June: a southern hemisphere winter

Snow in June: a southern hemisphere winter

We are now 7 days into winter in New Zealand, and this is what happened a few days ago (June 6th 2012)   It started at 8am (photo one top left hand corner) as I was leaving for work, and (top left) is what the end result was around 4pm when it stopped. I thought initally when I arrived that I’d find it very strange to see snow in June, and I guess yes...

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown

Driving from Christchurch to Queenstown

 Trip to Tekapo, Wanaka, Arrowtown and Queenstown. June 2nd to June 4th The long weekend arrived and was very much welcomed. That one day off in the week really makes a difference. Made the decision to go to Queenstown about a week before it was planned. I went with Anna, who I met on travel buddy (www.travbuddy.com) and three other girls, all students who are in...

Christchurch: May 2012 update

Christchurch: May 2012 update

I’ve not written in a while, primarily because I’ve been quite busy with life, but also I’ve not been far, or out of Canterbury in the last two weeks, but this is life here, so at times I don’t remember to write about the normal things that go on. Sunday will mark 5 months since my arrival in New Zealand. I know I’ve said it many times...

Akaroa, Canterbury

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

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

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

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...

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