New Zealand Backpacking – Lake Tekapo

Following the quite urban city of Christchurch, our next stop on our backpacking tour of New Zealand was the gorgeously quiet Lake Tekapo.

On arrival, we quickly noted that it was a bit chillier than we’d experienced before, and quite foggy. Interesting.

We then somehow (using my very tenuous internet connection) found our way from the bus stop, down the lake side to out hostel. (Have I mentioned, along with every other visitor to NZ who has probably said it, their internet is CRAP!) Read More

New Zealand Backpacking – Christchurch

After a spectacular time in Kaikoura and the beautiful hiking around the Peninsula, it was time for a change of pace. So we hopped onto our booked Intercity bus and took the journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch.

Again the journey followed the east coastline, and there was some definite swaying involved on the coach. It was a little nauseating!

First Impressions

Driving into Christchurch for the first time was quite daunting. Read More

Cambridge Eyewitness

Hi all! This week I’ve taken part in a little Q & A as a Cambridge Eyewitness, about my lovely home town: Cambridge, UK.

Cambridge EyewitnessAmong all the travelling I’ve crammed in the last few years, Cambridge has always been the home I come back to. I’ve lived close to the city since birth, studied here for 3 years, and worked in the city. Off and on between my Working Holidays anyway. And I’ve now been living in the city center itself for almost a year, so I feel I know Cambridge quite well. Cambridge is a beautiful city, with so much more to offer than just the colleges. (Lovely as they are.)

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New Zealand Backpacking – Picton and Kaikoura

Day One of our backpacking trip around New Zealand was to my mind, not the best way to start our 2 month tour of New Zealand. We woke up on the day, a bit snippy and a bit under the weather. And quite tired from a really long week of finishing up work and various stupid odd jobs. Like sorting out bags and hair cuts, and hangovers and I can’t remember what else.

And it was early in the morning, I am NOT a morning person. And then I checked the news. Read More

Backpacking tour of New Zealand – The Basics

The last few months I’ve been pretty quiet. We’ve actually been back in the UK almost 6 months now (and already getting itchy feet, so hello Scotland trip!)  So it’s really high time I got blogging again, and more regularly. And so – here it comes: the epic series of posts reliving the most wonderful 2 months backpacking around New Zealand.

After spending 10 months in the country, and hearing a lot from fellow backpackers, and from doing our own research we had a general idea of what we wanted to do and the things we wanted to see.

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Winter in Wellington

I realise I’ve been too quiet lately so I’m writing a little update to fill in on our winter in Wellington. I’m finding it so weird that the seasons are the other way round. And  I’m only just starting to come to terms with the fact that my life is going to be 6 more months of winter. We go home in October, just as spring is hitting NZ. And flying home just as the UK is diving headfirst into winter. Please be a mild one! Read More

Red Rock Reserve

Autumn was a bit quieter for us. After having spent the summer enjoying the sunshine and going out and about a lot, we toned things down a tad as far as sightseeing goes. After my Dad’s visit, and me finally findin a job we found we were exploring a lot less. But we have had a few days out, one such day was going to visit the seal colony at Red Rock Reserve. A trip I would highly recommend. Just a warning this one’s going to be picture heavy because I loved it. I took a million photos! (Not literally but… a lot!) Read More