Category: New Zealand

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? […]

Tamaki Maori Village Overnight Stay

Tamaki Maori Village Overnight Stay

The Tamaki Māori Village was one of New Zealand’s highest rated attractions in 2018. They have won numerous awards for being the best cultural activity in Australasia and is rated one of the top 10 cultural activities in the world. The Tamaki Māori Village appealed […]

Hobbiton: A Movie Set Adventure

Hobbiton: A Movie Set Adventure

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien   I visited Hobbiton on November 13th. I took so many photos that it has taken me nearly two months to narrow them down to a somewhat appropriate amount […]