8 Must-Visit Places on New Zealand’s South Island

Wondering where to go on New Zealand’s South Island? Here are 8 must-visit places on the South Island. … New Zealand’s South Island is so full of wonder. I won’t pick favorites between the North and South Islands (they’re both beautiful), but the South Island does have something special. Every single place on the island… Continue reading 8 Must-Visit Places on New Zealand’s South Island

New Zealand Hostels Guide: The Best Hostels in New Zealand (& the Worst)

Source: Hostelworld

A guide to all the BEST New Zealand hostels around the country (and some of the worst)! … I lived, worked, and traveled around New Zealand for almost 11 months. I was on a working holiday, so I was definitely on a tight budget. As a backpacker, a lot of my nights were spent sleeping in… Continue reading New Zealand Hostels Guide: The Best Hostels in New Zealand (& the Worst)

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 Tram: The Funnest Way to See the Top Christchurch Attractions

It’s hard to start writing about Christchurch, New Zealand without immediately bringing up the 2011 earthquake. Six years later, and it’s still the one thing that seems to define the city. Most people have no other point of reference for it. Before I visited myself, I knew absolutely nothing else about Christchurch. What else is… Continue reading Christchurch Tram: The Funnest Way to See the Top Christchurch Attractions

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

Steampunk HQ: A Steampunk Museum & Gallery in Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru, New Zealand is mostly known for its beautiful Victorian style architecture. The white-washed buildings and old warehouses have been preserved in the Historic Precinct. As you walk the cobblestone streets, you may believe you’ve actually been transported back to the 19th century. All of this makes it the perfect setting for Steampunk. Because of… Continue reading Steampunk HQ: A Steampunk Museum & Gallery in Oamaru, New Zealand