I left Wanaka in the late morning after a spectacular drive over the snow covered Crown Range from Queenstown. Little did I know that the scenery was about to get even more beautiful.
I have been living in New Zealand for almost five years, the vast majority of which has been spent down on the iconic South Island, mostly because I have been living in Wanaka but also because I JUST can’t get enough of the wilderness.
Without a doubt over the past two years New Zealand has quickly become one of those “it”destinations. Shots of its incredible hikes, natural wonders and epic landscapes galore plaster our news feeds and apps 24/7.
Growing up in a place with no tropical islands on my doorstep, I have come to appreciate the beauty of New Zealand’s remoteness, and while it not be near my family back in the US, it is quite close to some of the most stunning islands in the world.
Every year I get a handful of messages from people mapping out their New Zealand winter itinerary and each person always asks the same question. Is it worth going to the South Island in the winter?
The most oft-repeated statistic about New Zealand is that the country has 4 million people and 40 million sheep. No matter where you go in New Zealand, you will find lamb on the menu, cooked in every way imaginable, and it will be unfailingly delicious. These babies are grass-fed throughout their lives and must be slaughtered at a younger age, so they are tastier and more tender than their grain-fed counterparts in other countries.
Auckland is a city that raised me. I grew up here – playing soccer on these fields, stealing sour bears out of the supermarket bins, catching those never-on-time buses to school.
I am an Aucklander.
Yet every year I come back to this city and become more disenchanted. There are a few new restaurants, a few refurbished parks, maybe a new stadium. The city is being given love. It’s improving. But for some reason it feels emptier every time.
If you’ve ever been hiking, you know that the scenery makes for 90% of the experience! The most amazing part in hiking is that, regardless of the fact that you plan to hike for days or you simply go on a short one-day trip, you are surely going to come across some...
Adventures In New Zealand New Zealand is one of the most alluring countries in the world for adventure-seekers. Known for its otherworldly landscapes and action-packed activities, it’s basically as good as it gets if you want to find thrills in a foreign land. In this...
I first visited in 2009 just before I became pregnant with S. I was surprised by how beautiful and European this city felt, particularly in the downtown area. I left a huge fan and excited to visit again so I could show off the city to Joshua....
With oodles of natural beauty and a whole heap of culture to explore, New Zealand is one of the world’s best places to visit. Whether you’re a keen hiker, a natural history buff or just a foody with a rumbling tummy – I guarantee that New Zealand will satisfy every one of your needs. The country is blessed with some amazing sites which is made all the better by the warm and friendly local’s that you’ll meet along your trip. So what are you waiting for...
Everyone seems to know about Queenstown and Wanaka these days in New Zealand. They aren’t exactly off the beaten path or bereft of tourists. But what if I were to tell you there is a magical land in between them, right next door, just waiting to be thoroughly discovered and explored?
I’ve been in and out of Dunedin for meetings, work, friends and for the big city (pop. 127,000 on a good day) for years, but it was only recently that I saw it with fresh eyes and really learned how awesome it actually is. I had seen hints of it here and there, but once I finally made the time to get to know it, I was in love.