48 Hours in Windy Wellington

Wellington Harbour Night Lights New ZealandI’ll be honest, I have no clue why Wellington is so windy, but the nickname does not lie. We stayed in New Zealand’s Capital for two nights, each one very different.

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River valley: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

River Valley New ZealandI think it’s safe to say that I have mixed emotions about River Valley. Whilst it is a particularly beautiful part of the world, I just can’t shake the feeling that the place has a few dark secrets. Perhaps I’m a cynic, or perhaps I have been watching too many thriller’s lately, but still… Let me try to explain. Continue reading

How Not to Spend 48 Hours in Taupo

Huka Falls New Zealand TaupoOkay, okay. Maybe I’m being a little harsh with the title. But I’m sure your visit to Taupo was probably more wow than mine. Continue reading

How To See Rotorua In One Day

Rotorua Museum New ZealandRotorua. Supposedly one of biggest tourist traps on New Zealand’s North Island (wait, what?!). Google this place and you’ll find a plethora of compliments about it, despite that smell. But we’ll get to that later.

I’m willing to bet that when you think ‘New Zealand’, Rotorua is hardly the first place that springs to mind. Though perhaps it should be! Whilst it may be small, the City has an abundance of things to do – you’ll be spoilt for choice. So, let’s get to the good stuff, shall we? Continue reading

Caving in Waitomo? Wai The Heck Not!

Caving in WaitomoSo, you’ve made your way to New Zealand woohoo! You’re keeping an eye out for those funny little Kiwi Birds, or perhaps searching for a glimpse of the big burly All Blacks players. You’ve heard New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world and you’re eager to throw yourself off planes and bridges.

My question to you is this: Why not throw yourself off a waterfall?

Underground. Backwards.

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Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach: A Trip Worth Taking

The Sea At Cathedral Cove
Once our little jaunt to the Bay of Islands was over, it was time for us to get back on the dreaded bus. Actually, it wasn’t dreaded just yet, but what’s a little hyperbole between friends? In fact, this journey was the start of some beautiful bus-made friendships. We headed back to Auckland and all bonded over Mexican food and a hostel room with no functioning lights, before getting back on the bus again. Continue reading

A Short Trip to Paihia, The Bay Of Islands

Russell New ZealandThe first day of our real New Zealand adventure had finally arrived! Our Kiwi Experience tickets were ready for action and we were off. In case anybody is unaware, the Kiwi Experience is a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. You select where you would like to go, purchase your ticket and essentially have the freedom to go around and around New Zealand, if that is what your heart desires. The overall ‘experience’ was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, so for now I shall stick to the basics!

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Visiting Auckland

Ice Bar Auckland New ZealandAfter a perfect two months gallivanting around Australia, it was time for the third leg of our journey: New Zealand.

Quite honestly, I had never really given NZ much thought. Mike really wanted to go, and I really didn’t want to go home so soon, so we both thought: why on earth not?! Unlike with Aus, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. But experience has shown me that more often than not, having no expectations delivers the best results! Continue reading

How To Spend A Week In Cairns

Sunset in CairnsIt’s time for the final stop of our Aussie adventure (boohoo). It’s time for Cairns (yay). As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, the further north you go, the hotter things get. Up here is hot!! The drive however, is beautiful. Continue reading

Exploring Millaa Millaa

Road Trip to Millaa MillaaPicking up right where we left off: we have finally arrived in Millaa Millaa and chosen where to spend the night. It lies a few hours between Airlie Beach and Cairns, making it the perfect stopover location if you’re heading North as we were. I would strongly recommend you make the detour!

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