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…

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…

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…

Heading to Hobbiton

We’d already made it to Hogwarts when we went to LA so we couldn’t live in New Zealand without stopping at Hobbiton. Even if you haven’t seen the movies you have probably heard of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit franchises. The world was first imagined by JRR Tolkien in his 1937 book…

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…