26 Photos to Inspire You to Visit New Zealand

Almost exactly two years ago today, I hopped on a plane to the other side of the world. I spent a year in New Zealand on a working holiday visa, traveling all over the country and seeing as much as I could. A little over a year ago, I left New Zealand to return to… Continue reading 26 Photos to Inspire You to Visit New Zealand

Answering Your New Zealand Working Holiday Questions

I completed my New Zealand working holiday almost a year ago. Since then, I’ve received a lot of emails and questions from others who are about to start their own working holiday. A lot of the questions are the same, so I thought I’d go ahead and put together a FAQ post (frequently asked questions).… Continue reading Answering Your New Zealand Working Holiday Questions

The Cost of Traveling New Zealand: How Much Money Do You Really Need?

New Zealand is considered one of the more expensive countries to travel, but how much does it really cost? Here’s a complete breakdown of my travel budget from my 1 year working holiday in New Zealand. I’m sharing average costs for different things, plus the exact amount I spent! (Updated May 2020) … I spent… Continue reading The Cost of Traveling New Zealand: How Much Money Do You Really Need?

A Guide to New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula

The Coromandel is where Kiwis go on holiday. This scenic peninsula is located on the Eastern side of the North Island, not far from Auckland. It’s full of lush forests, rolling green hills, beautiful beaches, and small, quiet towns. It’s the perfect place for a vacation, whether you live in New Zealand or you’re just… Continue reading A Guide to New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula

Driving The Road to Milford Sound: Where to Stop & What to See

The road to Milford Sound (referred to as the Milford Road) is said to be one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. And considering EVERY drive in New Zealand is pretty scenic, that’s saying a lot. The Milford Road is the 119 km (74 mile) stretch of State Highway 94 between Te Anau… Continue reading Driving The Road to Milford Sound: Where to Stop & What to See

Everything You Need to Know About Cruising Milford Sound

There are a lot of “Must Dos” on most peoples’ New Zealand itinerary. Those usually include places like Queenstown, the Tongariro Crossing, Mount Cook National Park, and Rotorua. But most of all, a good New Zealand itinerary will almost always include cruising Milford Sound. Visiting Milford Sound is something I knew I wanted to do… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Cruising Milford Sound

Virtual Travel: Queenstown, New Zealand

If you’re traveling in New Zealand, EVERYONE is going to tell you to go to Queenstown. They’ll tell you that it’s the coolest place in the country, that it’s so much fun, it’s a great place for backpackers and tourists…after you hear someone spout off about Queenstown, you’ll start to believe it’s truly the best… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Queenstown, New Zealand

Christchurch: A City in Progress

In September 2010, a 7.1 earthquake hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Just a few months later, in February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, destroying most of the city’s buildings and infrastructure. It did not, however, destroy the city’s spirit. It’s been over six years since the fatal earthquakes, but just by looking… Continue reading Christchurch: A City in Progress

A Quick Guide to Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru is mostly known for a few things: the blue penguins, the Victorian architecture, and the Steampunk culture. This seaside town is located on the Eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, between Christchurch and Dunedin. Most people visit mainly to see the blue penguins return to shore in the evenings, but Oamaru draws a… Continue reading A Quick Guide to Oamaru, New Zealand

Virtual Travel: Victorian Heritage in Oamaru, New Zealand

The town of Oamaru isn’t on the main backpacker trail around New Zealand. It’s not a big city, there’s no nightlife scene, and it’s generally a pretty quiet place. I heard about this seaside, South Island town in passing, but it was only mentioned for the penguins. However, the name stuck in my head. Back… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Victorian Heritage in Oamaru, New Zealand