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Hello New Zealand!

Written by 2 October 2013 13 Comments

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 some of the best plane food i’ve ever had (braised beef in red wine sauce anyone?) and a miraculous full 8 hours of sleep. So despite my short(ish) last two nights I can write this blogpost from a place of realitve sanity. Besides, the adrenaline of the mere prospect of spending the next 8 days traveling both the North and the South Island of this awesome country is enough to keep my spirits high at all times. Sleep looks pale in comparison.

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My first time in New Zealand was back in December 2005 when I came here during my one year trip around the world. All I remember is buying a serious load of amazing(ly priced) vintage dresses in Auckland, drinking lots of fancy Kiwi wine and rafting down the highest waterfall in the world in nearby Rotorua. Twice. In heels.

Ok, I might have added the heels bit for dramatic effect (is it working?) but this time around I really mustn’t need to add any drama, my upcoming trip is so over the top, I will have to ask you to sit down while reading.

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Care for a little sneak peak in my itinerary?

I will stop at 4 destinations – Auckland, Bay of Islands, Queenstown and Wellington. There will be dolphin-watching, sea-kayaking, stand-up paddling and rafting. When I’m not on the water I will go on a twighlight encounter in the Waipoua Forest (no clue what that’s all about but I expect werewolves and vampires), be a guest at the internationally acclaimed World of Wearable Art Festival and go on not one but 2 Lord of the Rings Tours (don’t judge, this will definitely be awesome). Already behind me lies a pretty amazing 2-hour tour of Auckland’s best viewpoints (and highway) on the back of a Harley Davidson as well as a seriously mind and taste-bud blowing gourmet tour of the city.

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While I will be busy making the most of my days here, I will also do my best to keep you updated with what the things I experience on our various social media channels, most notably Instagram, where I upload about 10 photos every day of where I go, what I eat and who I meet, so be sure to follow @travelettes! Also keep an eye on the blog in the coming days for posts on outdoor adventures and city guides – the one on Auckland is already in the works!

If you’ve been to New Zealand and want to give me some tips about great bars, restaurants, activities or people in the places I am visiting, I would LOVE to hear about them in the comments or drop me an email at Katja@travelettes.net. Until then, see y’all on Instagram!

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  • Abbey said:

    I’m going to New Zealand in the spring and I’m so psyched!

  • sophie said:

    awww i <3 wellington the most!

  • Dannielle said:

    While you’re in bay of islands get a sailboat to take you on a tour and sail you to an island. We took a boat called “she’s a lady” and it was the most amazing day. Laying in the sun on the boat and kayaking a bit around. Queenstown is known for it’s adventure sports so hop on a jetboat or go bungee jumping! Ahhh, I’m so jealous, I want to go back soooo badly!

  • Sóley said:

    Oh New Zealand, my second home! <3 Wish I was there right now. Best country in the world!

  • Jamie said:

    I went around the North Island in February and loooooooved it so much, Wellington was definitely a highlight with the free museums, great harbor views and friendly hostel peeps.

    Adventure trips through the Waitomo Caves, Rotoura thermal parks (there’s a really nice free one you can walk around very near to the town) and Hobbiton are all definitely worth doing! I believe I also rafted the same waterfall and would have no problem doing it again, was such a great trip!

    Can’t wait to hear about your travels there :) Have fun!

  • Kasia said:

    Hi there,
    Shame u’re not visiting Lake Tekapo, its an amazing place where I’m lucky to be based now! Hope u’re enjoying NZ

  • Heather Clinton said:

    And I’m the lucky guide taking Katja on her Wellington Zest walking foodie tour and orientation this morning. Weather is a smidge overcast but calm and mild, so perfect for wandering the food markets, chocolate, a gourmet store, coffee (coffee capital of NZ as well as coolest little capital city!), and did I mention chocolate? Yum, yum……

  • Heather Clinton said:

    And our website for anyone interested and coming to Welly – http://www.zestfoodtours.co.nz

  • charlotte carter said:

    Have always wanted to go New Zealand, this had made me more determined to go one day.

    Love the post and blog.

    Check out mine some time.



  • Niree said:


    Love the Blog!
    New Zealand is an amazing place :) while you are in Queenstown you must go on the Shotover Jet Boats they are amazing espically if you want to explore your inner thrillseeker :) also while in Queenstown go to the Minus 5 bar (amazing bar made out of ice)
    Enjoy your trip!

  • Stef - Food & Photos around the world said:

    Try the Fergburger in Queenstown!

  • Steve said:

    Hey Katja – still: I haven’t been to this beautiful part of the world, yet. It’s great to have someone over there who sends us more impressions every day. I already have seen a few of your pictures on Instagram and I am excited for more.

    Keep them coming and enjoy your time in NZ!

  • Anna Roberts said:

    I will definitely be following this since I may be moving to Wellington for a short stint of time, in about 6 weeks! It’s all very up in the air at the moment… maybe this blog could help make my mind up.

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