Madrid – Festivals, Food and Freak Rainstorms

Ah Madrid. The city where it rains, on average, for a mere three days in July. Someone clearly slapped us with the lucky stick because when we went there, we hit the rain jackpot and got all three days in one week. And when I say rain I mean thunder, lightening, flooding and jet black…

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…

Mt Fyffe

Where: Kaikoura, New Zealand What’s involved: This is a 15km hike return from the Mt Fyffe car park to the Mt Fyffe summit (1600 meters). New Zealand Department of Conservations recommends taking 8 hours to complete the entire round trip (5 hours to the summit from the car park and 3 hours to return back)….

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…

Making Your Move Abroad

You’ve been bitten by the wanderlust bug. Instead of scrolling through Instagram after Instagram being jealous of everyone else globetrotting you’ve decided to bite the bullet and go for it yourself. Moving abroad is one of the most nerve wracking and exciting adventures you’ll ever take! I will happily admit to being a glass half…

Mt Victoria

Where: Wellington, New Zealand What’s involved: From Courtenay Place it takes approx. 30 minutes to complete the 190 meter ascent. The Hike: Starting in the city centre you will work your way up Majoribanks street until you reach Charles Plimmer Park. Once you reach the park you’ll see a sign for the Southern Walkway. Follow…