A Self-Guided Cycling Tour of the Marlborough Wine Region, New Zealand

After swearing off white wine for life, thanks to indulging heavily in cheap, vinegar-y plonk as a student, it took me a few years to take some tentative sips of the stuff again. Even now, I’m still wary, but I…

Mount Maunganui

Three Day Trips to Take in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

I’m sure plenty of people spend their hot-weather Christmas holidays doing very little, but true to form, I wanted to ensure my festive trip to New Zealand featured a good dose of exploring as well. I’d been to the North…

Milford Sound

A Day in Milford Sound – the Most Beautiful Place in New Zealand

The thing about planning a holiday to New Zealand is that pretty much all of it is stupidly stunning. It’s the sort of place where your dream itinerary will never come to fruition because there is just SO much to…

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Queenstown

One Day in Queenstown, NZ: Where to Eat Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

If you’re heading to Queenstown, New Zealand, the likelihood is that you’re not going especially for the food. The South Island city is famous for a huge range of insane adrenaline junkie activities and it’s very lively nightlife, and on…

Franz Josef

Hiking the Incredible Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand

There’s something beautiful about seeing mountains in winter, when the snow is fresh and thick, the skies are blue but the air has a bite. The cold seasons in New Zealand, and especially on the South Island, transform the rolling…

Cook Strait

Travelling by Ferry Between New Zealand’s North and South Islands

The day I boarded the ferry over to New Zealand’s South Island, I wasn’t feeling too pretty. A 6am departure meant getting up super early, but it also meant leaving behind beautiful Wellington – a city that I had shown…

Wellington

Why I Felt at Home in Wellington, New Zealand

I absolutely adore New Zealand. The month I spent there flew by and I feel like I hardly even scratched the surface of what there is to explore. However, despite recommending it to anyone who will listen to me, I…

Queenstown

The Nevis Swing, Queenstown (or, The Most Bloody Terrifying Thing I’ve …

By the time I reached Queenstown in New Zealand, I’d already spent three weeks in the country exploring various tiny towns as well as large cities. The country pulls in adventure tourists, promising adrenalin-rushing activities for wannabe thrillseekers, but to…

Paihia

24 Hours on the Bay of Islands, New Zealand

  The day I landed in New Zealand, I wasn’t in a great mood. I was alone in a country I’d never visited before, 11 hours ahead of everyone I know, tired and massively homesick. I had booked a quick…