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My “Best Of” 2016

Well, 2016. I believe you’ve been quite the shitter for a rather large proportion of people on the planet. Between political disasters and some seriously shocking celebrity deaths (think Alan Rickman was the worst one for me, although he’s probably sitting on a beach somewhere earning his 20%), it’s not been one of the best… Continue reading My “Best Of” 2016

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Photo Friday: My 50 Favourite Photos From 18 Months Of Travel

Happy Friday, and a very merry Christmas Eve eve! Before we delve into my best of 2016 post, I’ve been meaning to do this one for a while – a huge photo essay of our 18 month trip around the world! Throughout 2015 and 2016, we spent three months exploring South East Asia followed by… Continue reading Photo Friday: My 50 Favourite Photos From 18 Months Of Travel

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Rainbows in Queenstown and The Worst Milford Sound Cruise Ever

Queenstown, Queenstown, Queenstown. What can I say about you that hasn’t already been said a million times? I was always looking forward to this energetic and extreme-loving city, and it was the first place to go onto my itinerary, but I was also concerned that it would be a letdown – touristy, expensive and overhyped.… Continue reading Rainbows in Queenstown and The Worst Milford Sound Cruise Ever

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Is Wanaka One Of The Most Picturesque Places Ever Or What?

Wanaka doesn’t make it onto everyone’s itineraries for New Zealand – but it was one of the first to go onto mine. Blanketed by mountains and set on a scenic clear lake, and with the feel of a small town but heart of something so much more, there’s nothing not to love about this place.… Continue reading Is Wanaka One Of The Most Picturesque Places Ever Or What?

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A Day Trip To Mount Sunday: Discovering Edoras

Mount Sunday has been on my New Zealand list for a while, and for one reason: it’s the site of Edoras, the town of the Rohan people in Lord Of The Rings. So when a couple of German backpackers posted in the New Zealand backpacker Facebook group asking if anyone had any suggestions for going… Continue reading A Day Trip To Mount Sunday: Discovering Edoras

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Christchurch: A City Rebuilding Itself

After an incredible journey from Wellington, the ferry to Picton taking us through some stunning scenery and the bus traipsing steadily between the mountains and the wild coast, we didn’t expect a lot from Christchurch. After all, this is a city still rebuilding itself from tragic earthquakes, and we weren’t sure what to expect at… Continue reading Christchurch: A City Rebuilding Itself

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North Island to South Island Journey in Pictures

I can’t say I’d ever heard much about the ferry journey from Wellington to Picton. As far as I was concerned, it was a nice way to get between the two islands and judging by the map of fjords and forks, perhaps there would be a little bit of scenery. So imagine my surprise when… Continue reading North Island to South Island Journey in Pictures

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Museums, Views and More Hobbiting Around in Windy Wellington

Wellington would be our final stop on the north island, and we had three main things planned: Te Papa museum, Weta Workshop for more geeking out over Lord Of The Rings, and taking the cable car up to the botanical gardens. A visit to Te Papa is an absolute must on a visit to Wellington… Continue reading Museums, Views and More Hobbiting Around in Windy Wellington

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Don’t Go To Rotorua With No Money

Our tour of New Zealand, unfortunately, is for the most part on a pretty tight budget. And that’s okay – I’m used to being very frugal when it comes to travel, and we are stretching it further by couch surfing instead of hostels, and virtually not eating out at all. And after all, we don’t… Continue reading Don’t Go To Rotorua With No Money

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There And Back Again: A Day Out To Hobbiton

I’m not going to lie. In fact, I’m going to come straight out with it. Hobbiton was #1 on our list of things to do in New Zealand. We are both HUGE Lord Of The Rings fans, and although we won’t have time to scout out too many filming locations on this trip, two places… Continue reading There And Back Again: A Day Out To Hobbiton