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’ve always had a thing for second cities—or, as I prefer to call them, “underdog” cities. This is as much because people don’t give them a fair shake as it is because of how cool they tend to become while most of the world’s sights are set elsewhere.
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.
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.
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?
Bucket list item - unlocked!