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I fell in love with New Zealand through the Lord of the Rings movies and even more so when I actually visited for the first time in 2005. My dream holiday came true when I spent three months tramping around the South Island in 2008, and I constantly dream up itineraries for my next big visit.


Photo Essay: Queen Charlotte Sound’s Historic Ship Cove

The Queen Charlotte Track, which winds its way between Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds in Marlborough, starts its journey at Ship Cove (Meretoto). When I arrived there on a ferry from Picton, I knew that I had plenty of time before dusk (and no tent to set up at my first stop in the Endeavour…

A Tiki Tour of Canterbury: The Book

Three months ago, I got a very exciting phone call — I’d won Wotif‘s ‘Tiki Tour of Canterbury’ blogger competition and I was going to New Zealand! A week later, I was sitting on the plane, looking forward to a jam-packed itinerary full of activities, scenery, and food. The trip exceeded my every expectation. I squeezed…

Preparing for the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is a very unique track that winds through the Marlborough Sounds in the north of New Zealand’s South Island. As I described in yesterday’s post answering the top questions about the track, it’s a track where you can walk in luxury while seeing some unforgettable scenery — scenery made all the…

The Queen Charlotte Track: 5 Questions Answered

The Queen Charlotte Track is a 71km walk that winds its way between the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. While 71km sounds quite daunting — especially for someone as out of shape as I was when I tackled the Queen Charlotte — this track is actually one of the more…

How To Choose The Right NZ Skydive For You

Part of the draw of visiting New Zealand is the Kiwis’ unquenchable thirst for adventure. You want to get into a giant rubber ball and roll down a hill? Go zorbing in Rotorua. Want to go white-water rafting over waterfalls? Stay in Rotorua. White water sounds too blasé? Go black water rafting in Waitomo, where…

I’m in New Zealand!

As you may know from my “I’m Going to New Zealand!” post, last week I was chosen as the winner of Wotif.com’s “Wotif You Won a New Zealand Tiki Tour” competition. I honestly still can’t believe it, and I’m already halfway to Christchurch on this Air New Zealand plane (which comes complete with a Richard…

I’m Going to New Zealand!

I got some good news today…I’m going to New Zealand! Not only that…but I’m going to New Zealand next week. No, this isn’t a plan that I neglected to share, and it’s not a spontaneous trip that I decided to book either (I think my work would be much less understanding in that case!). Instead,…

5 Fantastic South Island Day Hike Views

New Zealand is one of the most naturally stunning places I’ve ever been to, especially because it has so many varied landscapes crammed into such a small area. Within a few hours, you can go from the beach to a rainforest…that has a glacier in the middle of it. It seems like there is a…

Do I Go Back Or Do I Go Somewhere New?

Every time you book a trip, there is a choice. Do you go back somewhere you’ve been before or head off somewhere new? Sure, for a lot of people this choice doesn’t even register. Why go somewhere you’ve already seen? Surely it’s changed and just isn’t as good as it used to be. Plus, there’s…

Kia Kaha, Christchurch

It’s a somber day today — the one year anniversary of the Februrary 22 quake that shook Christchurch and killed hundreds. I wasn’t there, and due to a few delays in Habitat for Humanity work, have not visited the city since the quakes. However, I still feel for the people of the city and wish…
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