Oceania

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...

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...

Christchurch: being a tour guide

Christchurch: being a tour guide

My sister has now left Christchurch, and probably by this stage she will be halfway across to Singapore by now. I have had a wonderful time with her here and have enjoyed being a tour guide during her stay.In the past and even up until quite recently still, when I mention to people that I live in Christchurch, they are often surprised that 1. I would move from the UK...

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...

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 ZealandΒ National Holiday)Β 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 toΒ a new airport in New Zealand: Nelson. This year I’ve taken 24 flights in one year, that has to be a record; its beenΒ 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...

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