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Seeing Glow worms in New Zealand

One of the highlights of New Zealand is admiring glow worms, but did you know they aren't actually worms at all? They are larvae from flying insects. These larvae make a web out of glowing threads to attract insects, which [...]

Islands in New Zealand (beside the North and South Island)

New Zealand consists of about 600 islands, but the North and South Islands are considered the "mainland". In this blog I will tell you about a few other well-known islands such as Stewart Island and Waiheke Island, but also lesser-known [...]

Travelling in New Zealand: North Island or South Island?

Is the North Island or the South Island better? I am going to New Zealand for three weeks, which island should I visit? Is the North Island or South Island more beautiful? I often hear these kind of questions, so [...]

Christchurch earthquake – personal story

In November 2016 I was living in Christchurch when an earthquake hit the area. It was two minutes past midnight when the house began to shake. I just fell asleep and I didn't realise what was going on, I heard [...]

Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls on the South Island of New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand is known for its rugged nature with many mountains, lakes, glaciers and waterfalls. If you also love to admire waterfalls, visit these 10 beautiful waterfalls on the South Island of New Zealand. Map waterfalls [...]

Hiking in New Zealand: Te Araroa

Te Araroa is the longest walk in New Zealand and runs from the north of the North Island (Cape Reinga) to the south of the South Island (Bluff). It is a unique route that takes you through the amazing backcountry [...]

Food in New Zealand

New Zealand is not really known for their food and that is probably because they don't have many “really typical New Zealand” dishes or products. But that does not take away the fact that there is amazing food in New [...]

Packing list New Zealand

Packing for an unfamiliar country can sometimes be difficult, therefore I have made a packing list for your trip to New Zealand. Packing is something personal and everyone will bring slightly different things, so use this packing list as a [...]

2 days in Wellington: what not to miss

Do you only have a few days in Wellington and want to get the most out of it? Read my suggestion below on how to spend your days without missing the highlights of the city. Day 1 Start the day [...]

Day trip to Oamaru

I have lived in Christchurch for a long time and from there I went on many day trips on the South Island of New Zealand. I went, for example, to Oamaru for a night. Oamaru is a small village located [...]

11 day road trip on the South Island of New Zealand, part 2

Read about the beginning of my 11 day road trip on the South Island of New Zealand, part 1 here. Day 7 On day 7 we woke up in Dunedin and got up early because we had a busy schedule. [...]

11 day road trip on the South Island of New Zealand, part 1

Today I am writing a personal travelogue about an 11-day trip that I made on the South Island of New Zealand. I was living in Christchurch at the time so that is the start and end point of this journey. [...]

The best hot springs in New Zealand

New Zealand is situated in a place where two tectonic plates meet. This causes a lot of geothermal activity. This then causes hot water to rise through the earth's crust and create hot springs. These water sources usually contain minerals [...]

My year in New Zealand

In 2016 I went to New Zealand for a year on a Working Holiday visa. This visa gives young people between the ages of 18 and 30 (for some countries 35) the opportunity to live and work in New Zealand [...]

Hostels in New Zealand

If you are traveling in New Zealand and would like to meet people or save money, staying in hostels is a great option. Hostels in New Zealand are very good and can be found in all cities and many villages. [...]

11 stops on the route to Milford Sound

The route to Milford Sound is a beautiful road through the Fiordland National Park. If you drive yourself (which I highly recommend!) Make sure you allow enough time for this. There are many places where you can stop and they [...]

Traveling alone in New Zealand? Hell yes!

Are you thinking about traveling alone in New Zealand, but are you in doubt? Are you afraid that you will not meet other travellers, that you cannot do everything you want, that you cannot use the desired mode of transport [...]

Movies filmed in New Zealand

What better way to get excited about New Zealand than to get a taste of it in a movie? Read below about the best movies filmed in New Zealand. Foreign movies filmed in New Zealand Lord of the Rings/ The [...]

Native birds in New Zealand

Kiwi The Kiwi is the most famous native bird in New Zealand. This is because it is a national icon and the residents of New Zealand are also referred to as Kiwis. The Kiwi is a flightless bird, it has [...]

The 5 best places to go scuba diving in New Zealand

New Zealand isn't known for being a great place for scuba diving, but I don’t understand why. There are many beautiful dive sites and even two places that are among the best in the world! In this blog I will [...]

Hiking in New Zealand: The 10 Great Walks

There are many hiking trails in New Zealand, but the most spectacular are the 10 great walks. They are beautiful hikes through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast [...]

Renting a camper or car in New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful destination where you can best travel with your own car or camper. It is easy to drive here yourself, there is little traffic and the roads are well maintained. Keep in mind that you must [...]

Best summer activities in New Zealand

Summer has almost arrived in New Zealand! The New Zealand summer runs from December till February, when the average temperature is 20° C to 25° C. New Zealand is very nice in the summer, but I personally find celebrating Christmas [...]

Working holiday in New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful country with a lot to offer. Personally, I think a three or four week holiday isn't long enough to explore the whole country. There is a solution for young people who think the same: a [...]

10 Lord of the Rings film locations in New Zealand

All the beautiful images you see in the Lord of the Rings movies were shot in New Zealand. You can visit many of these locations, some are very easily recognisable and others are more difficult to recognise due to the [...]

Stargazing in New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect place for stargazing. There is very little light pollution and therefore you can enjoy very dark nights. New Zealand has three recognised areas that are known for some of the best stargazing in the world. [...]

Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand

Skiing and snowboarding are popular winter activities in New Zealand. Skiing is mainly possible on the South Island around Queenstown, but there is also one public area on the North Island of New Zealand. Read below about the 6 largest [...]

Marine animals in New Zealand

The landscape in New Zealand is beautiful, but what about the animals? There are no large, wild animals on land. The largest land animals you can find will probably be sheep. There are however many different birds in New Zealand, [...]

Street art in Wellington

If you like street art, Wellington is a paradise! Wellington is a very creative city and therefore street art really belongs here. Not only beautiful graffiti, but also many other works of art can be found in the city. The [...]

12 stops in the Catlins in New Zealand you don’t want to miss

The Catlins is a beautiful coastal nature reserve in the south of New Zealand. This area is mainly known for the many waterfalls, spotting marine animals and beautiful viewpoints. Below I tell you about the top 12 most beautiful places [...]

Hiking in New Zealand: top 5 day hikes

There are so many beautiful hikes in New Zealand! Hiking was one of my favourite activities during my year in New Zealand. Since I often say in my texts and on social media “this is one of my favourite hikes [...]

Top 10 bucket list worthy activities in New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful country with great activities where you can definitely check some things off your bucket list! My bucket list for New Zealand was very long and I have not been able to check everything off yet. [...]

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