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New Zealand

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I C U Fiji!

Monday, 17 May 2010 | Views [771]

Fiji was a last minute idea, my flight was booked and 2 weeks later here I was in this pacific paradise.   I always hoped my trip would bring me to Fiji but honestly didn’t really think it would happen.   My flatmate Paul and I had talked about going ... Read more >


Road trip with Elli and George!

Monday, 17 May 2010 | Views [422]

After my 6 weeks contract, I was heading to visit Barb and Ox one last time before I went to Fiji and Aussie.   My flatmate Elli was heading down to Wellington in her van (aka George) and was looking for someone to accompany her.   As I was heading ... Read more >


My Life in Russell

Monday, 17 May 2010 | Views [324]

Working in Russell for 6 weeks was a very welcomed change from the backpacking life. Back to a routine and a place to call home for the time being. Russell is a small holiday town situated in the Bay of Islands.   It is a very popular place during ... Read more >


Mono in New Zealand...just my luck!

Tuesday, 9 Mar 2010 | Views [476]

As you can imagine, Mono (also known as Glandular fever) was definitely not part of my travel plans. The first 2 weeks were the worst: fever, chills, flu symptoms, throat infection, lack of appetite and sleeping more than 14 hours a day.   My throat ... Read more >


Those we meet along the way

Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Views [755] | Comments [1]

“How far we travel in life matters far less than those we meet along the way” -   Anonymous. This quotation brings new meaning to me. I always knew that traveling wasn’t only about the places you visited but also the people you meet, but knowing ... Read more >


The eighth wonder of the world

Tuesday, 2 Mar 2010 | Views [413]

Milford sound is actually not a sound but a fiord on the west coast of New Zealand. People from all over the world come to New Zealand to see this beautiful fiord.   It is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world and after seeing it for ... Read more >


Photos: Milford Sound

Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Adventure capital of the world

Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 | Views [682]

Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world and well deserved;   Bungy jumping, Sky diving, Canon Swing, jetboating, whitewater rafting, river surfing   you name this town has it. Unfortunately I could not afford to do any of it haha. It is ... Read more >


Photos: Queenstown

Sunday, 28 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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A place to stay for a while and make new friends!

Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 | Views [955]

Wanaka is a quaint little town in the Central Otago region of the South Island.   Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps are what make this town so stunning. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this place; a quick walk by the lake and I was ... Read more >


Photos: Wanaka

Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Franz Josef Glacier

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Rainforest and Glaciers...only in New Zealand!

Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | Views [479]

New Zealand is one of the most diverse countries I have visited.   From ocean to lakes, mountains to volcanoes and rainforest to glacier, this country has it all.   Franz Josef is a small town on the west coast named after the Franz Josef Glacier.... Read more >


Photos: Theme Party

Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Poo pub Theme Party

Tuesday, 16 Feb 2010 | Views [6060]

One interesting stop on the Kiwi bus was Lake Mahinapua.   We spent the night at the Lake Mahinapua Hotel own by the legendary Les Lisle. Les Lisle is 85 years old and still kicking! This hotel is nothing special it actually reminds me of those trashy ... Read more >


Photos: Westport

Monday, 15 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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Westport - "The Ghost Town"

Monday, 15 Feb 2010 | Views [833]

Westport is a small town on the West Coast of the South Island  of New Zealand .   Honestly this post is going to be short because there was NOTHING to do here.   When we arrived we went for a walk around town took us all but 10 mins lol. ... Read more >


Photos: Nelson

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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The Centre of New Zealand

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Views [347]

The next stop on the South Island is a very beautiful town called Nelson, but of course I wouldn’t know myself because the weather was horrible when we got there.   This was the story of my trip in the South Island.   We would get into a town and ... Read more >


Second attempt to swim with dolphins: Kaikoura

Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | Views [538]

My second attempt to swim with dolphins was in a lovely town called Kaikoura.   The name 'Kaikoura' translates to 'meal of crayfish’ in Maori. The crayfish industry still plays a role in the economy but these days Kaikoura has become a tourist destination ... Read more >


Happy New Years!

Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | Views [448]

I was lucky enough to spend New Years with friends I had made while traveling Europe in 2008.   It’s rather funny how we met Sarah and Steve, Eric and I met them first in Salzburg, Austria.   We shared a few drinks and played cards. Then we saw them ... Read more >


Photos: Christmas!

Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | Photo Gallery


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A Christmas with strangers only to be welcomed as family

Monday, 8 Feb 2010 | Views [1346] | Comments [1]

Merry Christmas!! Ok I know, I’m sorry I’m a little late on the travel blog posting but better late than never. Here is how I spent my first green Christmas. For everyone who doesn’t know the beginning of this story here it is.   Ella, ... Read more >


A beach, cheap wine and good company

Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | Views [493] | Comments [2]

Whitianga is a small beach town population 4,000. I only spent 2 days here and it wasn’t very good weather but I still enjoyed the little town.   The hostel we stayed at was very cute and cozy which makes it even easier to meet new people.   First ... Read more >


New Zealand's biggest city...Need I say more!

Wednesday, 30 Dec 2009 | Views [374]

Auckland also known as the city of sails, is the biggest city in New Zealand.   There are only 4.3 million people on this small island and 1.4 million live in Auckland.    That just gives you an idea of how busy it gets. That been said you can understand ... Read more >


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