New Zealand

Learning to Stand Up Paddle board in Christchurch, New Zealand

One thing I love about travelling, is the opportunity to put yourself out there, and try new things that you may never have done at home. Over my years of travelling, I’ve taken up many opportunities, which often end up being adrendilane fuelled activities, such as bungy jumping or paragliding. Today I am dreaming about warm climates and summery activities, so...

Unmissable in New Zealand (South Island)

From bright turquoise-blue lakes, and snow-capped mountains, to more adrenaline fuelled activities than you could shake a stick at, and incredibly friendly locals. It doesn’t come as a surprise that the South Island is rated highly by most visitors to the land of the long white cloud (Aotearoa/New Zealand) The South Island of New Zealand is the largest Island...

The day I quit my 40 hour per week job, to travel

  “Quit your job, and travel the World.” Sounds like a bit of a dream, something only the real brave and daring could do. Well today, I’ve done just that, and on Tuesday, I’m off on my Asian backpacking adventures. I don’t feel particularly brave or daring. I’ve always transitioned from one thing to another, with a clear plan...

Goodbye Christchurch

In what will be my final 7 days of living in Christchurch and New Zealand, I thought I’d take a stroll through the central city; something I used to do every month, since arriving here. I haven’t had a walk through in a good few months, mainly due to having adventures in other parts of New Zealand. I thought it was apt that I write about Christchurch, one...

Driving New Zealand for free

They say that the best things in life, are free right? True, and as I love to save a dollar or two, I thought this money saving, travel tip was awesome! I previously wrote about the ways that you can travel around New Zealand. It is not a train loving country, with only a small number of train services, so many people fly, use buses or drive. Some of these means can...

Milford Sound, New Zealand

As the Southernmost Alpine Crossing in the World, Milford Sound, in New Zealand, is one of those places you’ll always see on postcards or in New Zealand guidebooks. It’s greenery, mountains, many waterfalls are awe inspiring. It attracts many visitors (and sand-flies!) each year. Mitre Peak is probably the most photographed feature of the Sound itself. Milford Sound...

Tramping in Mount Cook National Park

I would never call myself a Mountain climber. More of a Mountain admirer. As kids, we always climbed ‘Slemish Mountain’ (more like a big hill) in Northern Ireland, before school started in September, and thought we were doing well. Since living in New Zealand over the past 2 years, I’ve become much more of an outdoor lover. I’ve always loved...

Lake Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand

There is something about the sound of rain, beating heavily down on the windows and roof, whilst you are tucked up in the warmth of bed. That is until you have to get up, and realise that your whole body feels like you’ve done 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. I arrived in Taupo two days prior, predominantly to walk the Tongariro Crossing, and had no real plans for my...

Conquering a volcano: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

It was dark. It was 5.15am, and there was a distant ringing of an alarm clock in my ear. I was tired, unable to sleep through the night, due to the noise from my 15 other dorm mates, but also with slight anxiety that I’d sleep in past my alarm and miss out on the experience of walking New Zealand’s greatest day walk -The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, at the...

A quick fling with Hanmer Springs

A quick fling with Hanmer Springs

New Zealand, with its population of just over 4 million, is full of a number of scarcely populated small towns, most of them heavily catered towards the many tourists, and visitors that arrive into this beautiful country each year. Hanmer Springs (not HAMMER, as auto-correct likes to revert to), or Hanmer, as its often shortened to, is one of these little touristy...

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