Category: New Zealand

Visiting the World’s Smallest Penguins in Dunedin

Visiting the World’s Smallest Penguins in Dunedin

New Zealand is home to a spectacular array of wildlife – most of it bird life. The country actually has no native mammals except for one species of bat. Originally, the island was populated by 3 metre tall birds called Moa, tiny nocturnal kiwibirds and […]

The Time I Spent a $400 on Taxis in Dunedin

The Time I Spent a $400 on Taxis in Dunedin

Dunedin Who? Your first thought reading the title of this post might be “what is Dunedin?” Or, more aptly, “where is Dunedin?” Dunedin is a small city (I’d almost call it a town but that would probably cause a riot) near the bottom of New […]

How to Spend a Weekend Wellington

How to Spend a Weekend Wellington

A Two-Day Itinerary   Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, lies at the bottom of the north island. Although Auckland is bigger, Wellington is the governmental and business centre of the country. I like to think of it as the Ottawa to Auckland’s Toronto. Wellington isn’t […]

My First Work Trip: A Learning Experience

My First Work Trip: A Learning Experience

Something about going on a work trip just scream “adult!” to me. Maybe it’s because I used to tag along on all my mom’s work trips to New York and London. Or maybe it’s because someone else pays for your travel. Who knows?! When I […]

Hot Water Beach: A Guide to the Renowned Beach

Hot Water Beach: A Guide to the Renowned Beach

After months of complaining about how I’m melting in the New Zealand heat, autumn has finally arrived and the temperatures are beginning to dip. So, of course, I suddenly miss the crazy heat the had me sweating from literally every pore in my body. Now […]

What to do in Waiheke: A Guide to Auckland’s Wine Island

What to do in Waiheke: A Guide to Auckland’s Wine Island

If you love wine, go to Waiheke. At least, that’s what everyone told me when I moved to Auckland. Waiheke is a small island off the coast of Auckland. It’s easily accessible by a 30 minute ferry that runs regularly throughout the week. The island […]

Weta Workshop: Stepping Behind the Movie Magic

Weta Workshop: Stepping Behind the Movie Magic

As you may already know from my Hobbiton and Mount Doom … er, I mean Tongariro Crossing posts, I am a total Lord of the Ring nerd. I even studied Tolkien at university (they actually gave me credit for that!). So, of course, I jumped […]

Te Matatini Kapa Haka: Attending a Māori Festival

Te Matatini Kapa Haka: Attending a Māori Festival

I got my first taste of traditional Māori song and dance at the Tamaki Māori Village back in November. The soothing tones of the poi songs and the blatant aggression of the haka was enthralling. I knew I wanted to see more. As luck would have […]

New Zealand Kauri Trees: A Tale of Dinosaurs and Giants

New Zealand Kauri Trees: A Tale of Dinosaurs and Giants

Silent amongst the native birds and reptiles of New Zealand, lives the kauri tree. Although they are less well-known than the kiwi or the kea, the kauri are a symbol of New Zealand. These majestic giants can be found in small pockets throughout northern New […]

The Cheapest Way to See the Franz Josef Glacier

The Cheapest Way to See the Franz Josef Glacier

One of the iconic stops for tourists in New Zealand is the Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island. Most people go to take a helicopter hike along the top of the glacier. I balked at the $350 NZD price. $350 to walk on ice? […]