Category: New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

MY LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH QUEENSTOWN

Queenstown is the tourist hub of New Zealand’s South Island. A lot of visitors to New Zealand pass through, or base themselves here while travelling through Otago and Canterbury. It is beautiful and interesting, with a lot of things to do. So why do I not like it very much?

driving in the fog. New Zealand. Headlights truck

DRIVING AROUND NEW ZEALAND

A lot of people hit New Zealand roads every year. Many of them aren’t prepared and don’t know what to expect. Here’s a few helpful hints I have been thinking about while I was driving around this great country. 

Mackinnon Pass Sign. Milford Track. New Zealand

TRAMPING THE MILFORD TRACK

The term ‘tramp’ can mean a few things; to stomp around loudly, or a person who moves from place to place, usually lacking employment and rather down on their luck. In New Zealand the term tramp means to hike. We do not go hiking, we go tramping…

Milford Sound New Zealand Carpark

CRUISING MILFORD SOUND WITH JUCY

New Zealand’s Milford Sound is one of the most iconic places in New Zealand, visited for it’s stunning natural beauty. I booked a cruise with Jucy and made the most of my time here, by trying to take as few photos as possible and actually looking at what was around me. Pretty hard…but possible. 

Bluff New Zealand Signpost

BLUFF TO CAPE REINGA IN AN OLD BOMB

Here is an introduction to my next New Zealand adventure. I am leaving the lower South Island soon and instead of taking the flight I was scheduled to be on this morning, I shall load my gear into the old bomb I purchased to get me around, and drive from Bluff to Cape Reinga, for no reason other than to do it, film it, and write some more shit about New Zealand. 

WAITANGI DAY aka NEW ZEALAND DAY

On February 6th, in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. It was on this day that Maori and the British settlers became the nation of New Zealand. Happy Waitangi Day!!

HOW TO TALK LIKE A NEW ZEALANDER

If you know how to speak English, then you’re in luck as almost all of us down here speak it. The problem is, sometimes you probably couldn’t tell. No doubt you will encounter some local phrases which may prove rather confusing. We share many with Australia, however I am not about to start a Trans-Tasman argument over who used them first. 

NORTHLAND: MY FAVOURITE PART OF NEW ZEALAND

Northland goes by a few names. The Far North. The Winterless North. Te Tai Tokerau, meaning The Northern Tide. It is hopefully unsurprising this is the name given to the northern tip of New Zealand. It is a sub-tropical region and the weather is generally milder than the rest of the country, making it an easy place to travel, even during winter. 

AMONG THE ISLANDS OF AUCKLAND HARBOUR

Auckland Harbour is dotted with islands that provide an interesting and unique perspective on life in New Zealand. Close to the city, yet seemingly worlds apart, a trip out to these small pieces of paradise will be a holiday unto itself.

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MOUNT MAUNGANUI AND MAUAO

Mount Maunganui, commonly referred to as ‘The Mount’, is a small coastal town on New Zealand’s east coast. The Mount is easily one of my favourite places to visit in New Zealand and not only because I have friends living there who have a couch I can sleep on. I would recommend it to anyone who loves summer, beautiful ocean views, nice walks, the beach, sand, surfing, skateboarding, nice pubs, great coffee, fish and chips, hot pools, shopping and ice cream.