New Zealand

5 Cool things to do in Wellington, New Zealand

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The charming capital of New Zealand, Wellington is famous for its gorgeous picturesque views and mystical “Lord of the Rings” scenery; but not so many people know that it's also known as the world's “coolest little capital”. With a modest population of 204.000, the vibrant city offers a wide range of activities from outdoor experiences to luxury spa and well[...]

Glenorchy: The Off-the-Beaten-Track Gem of New Zealand

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Have you ever seen more than ten rainbows in one day? I have and I’m not even kidding! It was at Glenorchy, a 45-minute ride away from Queenstown at the head of Lake Wakatipu. I was there in the middle of September last year and the climate was so moody, going from rainy one minute to sunny the next, that rainbows graced my presence again and again that day.[...]

Top 10 Places to Surf in Winter

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It’s time to trade in that heavy winter coat and those miserable days spent hibernating inside for a neoprene onesie and a trip to the beach. Who says surfing needs to be reserved exclusively for summer? Why not make the most of the ocean 365 days a year? Some of the best swells occur during the colder seasons, and these great conditions aren’t the only perk[...]

Through the Eyes of: Crystal Brindle

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New Zealand is beautiful - even if you haven't been there yet, we all know that much. Images of its mountains, coasts, country, and lakes saturate the internet and people rave about how clean, green, and natural everything looks. Although photos can't possibly do its beauty justice, many photographers try of course. As a New Zealander, I can say that Crystal[...]

Welcome to Queenstown

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What a ride it's been, those last 10 days in New Zealand. I'm writing this from my flight back to San Francisco, still buzzing from the crazy load of impressions and experiences I've been able to collect over the past few days. The pain in my upper right arm puts a smile on my face as it transports me right back to the feeling of sitting front row rafting do[...]

Dinners and dolphins - Cruising around the Bay of Islands

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"Seriously, I'd rather not drive. No really, I'm scared, please no." - that was me a week ago. In the past 12 years of owning a licence I have driven a total of 3 days, always clinging to the steering wheel with dear life, saying prayers at every stop light. When I was asked to drive from Hokianga to Bay of Islands, both in Northland, New Zealand, I was pret[...]

Kokohuia Lodge - a special place for love

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It's not very often that one gets to test-drive their own honeymoon, but in my line of work blogging I sometimes do get lucky that way. The most recent addition to my list of most romantic places around the world is an eco Bed & Breakfast on the West Coast of Northland, New Zealand's Northern province, a place so special it only caters to 2 people at a t[...]

Hello New Zealand!

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Kia Ora, cherished readers of this little blog! Me and my jetlag woke up this morning at 5am and thought to send you a little update on our current location, as it just so happens to be a particularly spectecular one. 48 little hours ago I arrived on an  Air New Zealand flight from San Francisco which turned out to be an amazing start into my trip, thanks to[...]

The truth about WWOOFing in New Zealand

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I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up for the WWOOF program on my trip to New Zealand. Just the name is a bit off-putting: Willing Workers On Organic Farms sounds a whole lot like rural slavery involving whip-cracking task masters and a diet of tofu and herbs. However the deal is this – you work four to six hours a day in exchange for accommod[...]

Two girls, two islands, one campervan: Camping it up in New Zealand

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“Dude, where’s my bra?” I called out to Betty on more than one occasion during our two week road trip around New Zealand. It’s not that I usually have to ask my best friend where my underwear is but when the two of you are living out of the back of a van for two weeks it becomes very easy to lose and misplace important items. I'll be honest. I hadn't r[...]