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…

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,…

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…