One Fine Day at Rippon Winery, Wanaka

Rippon WineryThough we were already in love with Wanaka, the real treat came as a recommendation from one of our hostel roommates, who informed us that there was a winery within walking distance from where we were staying and naturally we didn’t want to miss out  (we do love a wine tasting). Spoiler alert: this guy totally undersold the place. Continue reading “One Fine Day at Rippon Winery, Wanaka”

A Well-Spent Week In Wanaka

Lake WanakaAfter the stunning but seriously intense hike up to Franz Josef, we were once again back on the bus. This time, headed for Wanaka, and though I didn’t know it yet, we were about to view one of the most beautiful places on this earth. Continue reading “A Well-Spent Week In Wanaka”

Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef GlacierIf I had a pound for every adrenaline-crazed traveller who told me that they were saving their sky dive for Franz Josef…well, you get the point. It’s kind of a big deal. Honestly I don’t mean to sound sarcastic, Glacier’s are astonishing. Particularly if you have never seen one before! And whilst glaciers around the world are retreating thanks to global warming, a glimpse at Franz Josef Glacier is only a short hike away.  Continue reading “Hiking to Franz Josef Glacier”

Kaiteriteri, New Zealand

Kaiteriteri New ZealandHaving finally recovered from the flu, we rejoined the Kiwi Bus and headed for a place called Kaiteriteri. For those of you who have never been, it’s a very pretty but very small place to be without your own vehicle. Continue reading “Kaiteriteri, New Zealand”

Wine Tasting In Blenheim

Picton New Zealand
Pretty Picton

Finally, the South Island! We bid farewell to the rest of our travel group as soon as we were off the ferry, and made our way separately to a place called Blenheim. This was slightly easier said than done, as the lack of public transportation in Picton on a Sunday is truly astounding. But we made it nonetheless. Continue reading “Wine Tasting In Blenheim”

Journey Between the North and South Islands of New Zealand

Marlborough Sounds New ZealandIf you are a New Zealand novice, you may have heard people differentiating between the North and South Island’s of New Zealand. In truth, both islands are very different, with many people describing the South as the most picturesque of the two. What you may or may not have a given thought, is how to actually get between the islands. Continue reading “Journey Between the North and South Islands of New Zealand”

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.

Continue reading “48 Hours in Windy Wellington”

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

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 Not to Spend 48 Hours in Taupo”

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 “How To See Rotorua In One Day”