Christchurch

I had heard mixed things about Christchurch before going there. The most common trend was that it still had not recovered from the horrific 2011 earthquake that devastated the city killing over 185 individuals. Honestly on initial inspection I thought it was nice, certainly not as bad as everyone else had said but I wasn’t…

Edinburgh – Whiskey, Illusions and Haggis

The cobbled winding streets, the dominating presence of the castle and backdrop of the rolling Scottish countryside makes Edinburgh one of the most picturesque cities I’ve visited. Where to Stay There are so many hostels and hotels to choose from, but I need to talk about the Airbnb we got. We stayed in the Central…

Taupo

As soon as we arrived in Wellington it was the New Zealand Labour Day bank holiday weekend. We wanted to take advantage of this weekend before starting work so we started looking at potential places we could easily get to. One of the places that really appealed to me was Taupo. Taupo is in the…

Mt Maunganui

Where: Bay of Plenty, Tauranga, New Zealand What’s involved: This is a short 3.8km hike from the beachfront to the summit of the extinct volcano and takes between 30-45 mins one way. There are two different routes you can take with both tracks starting from the ocean side of the base: The Oruahine track brings…

A Weekend Away in London

London baby!!! There is so much to do and see here that its hard to know where to even begin! I’ve been here a couple times and it’s somewhere I never tire of. If you’re planning a weekend away to this capital city then check out the list below. Getting There You can fly into…

Moving to Wellington

Before you Go Getting your Visa First things first, get your visa sorted. The New Zealand Immigration website is a great resource that gives clear precise instruction on what steps you need to take in order to qualify for a visa. Once you are granted your visa you typically have 12 months to enter the…

Putaruru Blue Springs

Where: Putaruru, South Waikato, New Zealand What’s involved: A 4.7km loop around the Putaruru Blue Spring. Here the water is incredibly clear and takes 100 years to filter from the Mamaku Plateau, supplying over half of New Zealand’s bottled water. There is a beautiful walk along boardwalks that brings you by the crystal clear water,…

Mt Isobel

Where: Hanmer Springs, New Zealand What’s involved: This is a 10km round trip to the Mt Isobel summit which dominates the Hanmer Springs skyline at over 1300 meters. There are a couple of different ways to get to the summit: Jacks Pass: This is the hardest, steepest but most direct ascent to the top. You…

Best Podcasts for Road Trips

Is there anything better than getting in your car and hitting the road? I’ve done a couple road trips – from a few days to a few weeks and all that driving means you spend plenty of time with no phone or radio signal. After a few hours of Richie’s ‘witty anecdotes‘ and all the…

Sydney – Overheated and Underwhelmed

I had always wanted to go to Sydney and see the famous sites but after going there in January 2017 I found it just didn’t quite live up to my expectations. What surprised me the most, after telling others that I didn’t really like the city, was how many other people also didn’t like it….