Wild Wellington Full Day Tour – Part One

As my time in New Zealand is quickly drawing to a close and I’m beginning to realise that there’s still so much I want to do (even here in Wellington!) I decided to ask my boss if I could do one of the Wild Wellington tours we offer to tick a few items off my New…

I used to be a backpacker… honest!

I left the UK in April 2014, to commence what I though would only be a year spent backpacking around New Zealand. Little did I know that a year was never going to be enough and that, even after the two years I’ve spent here, I’m still not ready to leave this gorgeous country, which I’ve had…

Cicadas; or, the horror movie chorus

This summer has seen the emergence of the cicadas here in Wellington, New Zealand. In particular the Amphipsalta Zelandica, which is a sort of black and green colour, and one of around 40 species of cicada here in the country. I’m actually kind of excited to be around for this as I’m told they only emerge every…

North Island

I started this travel blog in January 2016, but have been travelling around New Zealand since April 2014! As you can imagine I have a whole lot to say about this stunning country after two years of backpacking adventures, and many more return visits since then, so please keep checking back for updates!   —…

Middle Earth

Gi nathlam hí! My name is Carmen-Shea, and I’ll be your tour guide through Middle Earth today! I came to New Zealand in April 2014 because I was a huge Lord of the Rings fan and wanted to explore ‘Middle Earth‘ as envisioned by Peter Jackson through his trilogy of movies. Four months into my adventures and…

Taupo Skydive

Skydiving is one of those things most people have on their ‘Bucket List‘ but which they never really plan or want to do. Sure it sounds like it’d be pretty cool to have achieved, but when push comes to shove most of us probably wouldn’t book a day and just go for it! That is, unless you…

Top 5 things to do OUTSIDE of Auckland

One of the great things about Auckland (yes, there are actually some great things about the city, despite my opinion of it!) is that it has many impressive islands just a ferry ride away. The even greater part? You get to leave the city itself to visit them!   1. Rangitoto Island One of my favourites…

Bay of Islands: Arriving in Paihia

I lasted a week in Auckland after arriving in New Zealand before managing to convince my travel companion to book a tour bus pass with me. In a toss up between Stray and Kiwi Experience, we were sold on the Stray bus and their ‘off the beaten track’ motto, especially considering they visited more out…

Top 5 things to do IN Auckland

You might have found my previous post on Auckland a bit harsh, but a girl can’t love every place she visits! However, in an attempt to show there’s no hard feelings towards New Zealand’s largest city, here’s my TOP 5 things to do in the city itself!     1. Auckland Airport Chances are you’re probably…

Auckland: a city of shine & grime

“This Dwarf on loan from Middle Earth” – by Weta Workshops @ Auckland Airport, International Arrivals This was the first picture I took upon my arrival in New Zealand. We landed at Auckland International Airport on the 25th April, 2014, and the sight of this fine upstanding Dwarf was one of the very first sights…

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