new zealand · oceania

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

new zealand · oceania

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

new zealand · oceania

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

new zealand · oceania

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 staying in hostels, and virtually not eating out at all. And after all,… Continue reading Don’t Go To Rotorua With No Money

new zealand · oceania

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

new zealand · oceania

I’m Sorry Auckland, But I Don’t Really Like You

I can't help it. I can't fall in love with every place we visit, but that's okay. As we flew over the city and came into land, my jaw dropped. I had no idea how big this city was. In every direction as we turned, city lights sprawled out as far as the eye could… Continue reading I’m Sorry Auckland, But I Don’t Really Like You