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Kaikoura is a pretty little coastal town two and a half hours north of Christchurch. There are lots of pretty little coastal towns in New Zealand. What makes Kaikoura special? When you arrive in Kaikoura you’ll see huge mountains that frame the town, the Kaikoura Ranges. What you can’t see is that less than 2km […]

I recently took my family for a trip to the top of the South Island, we explored Marlborough, Hanmer springs, Kaikoura and Christchurch. I have touched on some of the other areas in another South Island blog and will be following up on each area individually as there is to much to talk about for one article! […]

No matter where I go in New Zealand, I am constantly amazed at how universally beautiful the country is. No no, snow-capped rugged mountains, turquoise lakes and conical volcanoes aren’t enough, there also has to be crystal clear sea that collides with white sandy beaches too. New Zealand really does have it all. At this […]

Nelson is a small but really cool town. It’s filled with excellent cafes, restaurants and pubs. While the town itself is super small, the area is surrounded by wonderful mountains and beaches plus it also serves as the gateway for Abel Tasman National Park. There’s not much to do here but it makes for a great base […]

In the days and weeks before my move to New Zealand, I developed a taste for one of New Zealand’s most well known exports – not lamb, but Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a beautiful wine known for its refreshing, crisp, and tropical taste. Some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc comes from Marlborough – I […]

Assuming you have already partaken of a drop (or two) in one of the 158 vineyards serving more than 30 cellar doors in New Zealand’s largest wine region (Marlborough accounts for nearly 80% of ALL New Zealand’s wine production), here are three other things to do in this pristine and perfect part of the country. […]

  MOUNTAINS, PINNACLES, SEALS AND LIGHTHOUSES! Swap windy Wellington for a few days of hiking, seal-spotting, wine-drinking and Lord of the Rings location-hunting. During a working holiday or backpacking trip in New Zealand, it’s pretty impossible to miss the capital city, Wellington. But while you’re there, consider a special trip to the district of Wairarapa, which […]

EXPLORE THE WAIRARAPA – ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED REGIONS IN NEW ZEALAND Located at the bottom of the North Island on the East coast lies one of New Zealand’s untouched regions, the Wairarapa.  A majority of tourists will drive right through here or even bypass it by going down the west coast instead.  It’s […]

  A holiday jaunt to Palmerston North and beyond surprises Helen Van Berkel. They bonded over a Thomas the Tank Engine jigsaw puzzle when they were 5. Ten years later these childhood besties live in different cities. Their separation gave us no choice: the Aucklanders were going to Palmerston North. People laughed when we told […]

When I first decided to move to New Zealand, I really REALLY wasn’t anticipating on not only living in Wellington, but loving it. Six months later and I never want to leave. After all, I was coming to New Zealand for mountains, for nature, for Middle Earth, not some city, let alone the capital. In […]

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