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…

Rivendell Archway Opening

“It’s a big house this, and very peculiar. Always a bit more to discover, and no knowing what you’ll find round a corner. And Elves, sir! Elves here, and Elves there! Some like kings, terrible and splendid; and some as merry as children. And the music and the singing…” –Samwise Gamgee The Lord of the…

North Island

I started this travel blog 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 so please keep checking back for updates! You can subscribe to my site or join my travel facebook…

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. 1. Rangitoto Island One of my favourites was the majestic island of Rangitoto: a volcanic island that makes you feel as if you’ve stepped back…

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 going to…

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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