Tag: new zealand

Fiji Getaway

This country in the South Pacific has been in my bucket list for years. Having live in New Zealand made it more possible for me to set my foot in Fiji. The day before my last day at work, I called Flight Centre to see what they can offer me for a short getaway. The…

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Dunedin, NZ

Dunedin is one of the places I didn’t get to visit when I was backpacking New Zealand for 6 months in 2016. In April 2018, I met a co-worker who’s also a traveler and we spontaneously booked flights to Dunedin for the middle of May. We luckily got a $100 per person roundtrip flight from…

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Northland, New Zealand

Retreat 2 90 Mile in Ahipara is a nice, relaxing place to stay when visiting Cape Reinga.  The sunset was just perfect!  Ahipara town is about 2 hours drive to the northern end of New Zealand’s North Island.  Cape Reinga is believed to be the place of leaping for Maori spirits to begin their final…

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My 30th Birthday

My 29th birthday last year was my best birthday ever because I was on top of Machu Picchu in Peru which was my top dream destination then. They say “life begins at 30” so I decided to start mine crazy. I had the craziest birthday ever on my 30th. I initially wanted to do Skydiving…

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Skydive at 30 

I wish I got to do this Skydiving on my birthday itself but due to the weather, I ended up doing Bungy Jumping instead. However, mother nature gave a lovely weather couple days later which allowed me to Skydive. That’s right, I DID IT! Skydiving has been in my bucket list for a long time…

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Fox Glacier, NZ

I stayed in Fox Glacier for total of 33 days doing help exchange at the Lake Matheson Motel. I apparently liked this place a lot since this is the first time I stayed at one place for more than two weeks during my travels. This small town boasts a beautiful view of Mt. Cook and…

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Westport, New Zealand

This town is famous for gold and coal mining. I think there is not much to do here in Westport but I stayed here doing volunteering work for a week anyway. Aside from my wonderful Punakaiki trip that I did while in Westport, I liked the Denniston Experience which is just around 17km from Westport.…

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Punakaiki, New Zealand

Punakaiki is located between Greymouth and Westport on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is best known for its Pancake Rocks and Blowholes which are both a picturesque must-see when visiting the West Coast. I was staying in Westport when I went here. It’s about an hour drive and some…

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Murchison, New Zealand

I spent two weeks in this little town in Tasman region of the South Island. Murchison is also known as the “whitewater capital” of New Zealand due to nearby rivers.  I stayed at The Lazy Cow Backpackers which is an excellent, cozy place. Right across is the Ultimate Descents where I’ve done my first whitewater…

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Nelson, New Zealand

I started my South Island trip in Nelson on August 15th. I stayed here for two weeks doing help exchange. I previously posted World of Wearable Art and Classic Museum and my Abel Tasman Full-day Trip. I’d say that they are my top two favorites here. But aside from that, I also loved The Centre…

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Abel Tasman National Park

Located between Golden Bay and Tasman Bay at the north end of the South Island, this national park in New Zealand is definitely a must do specially when you are in Nelson. I availed the full day trip package from Nelson for NZD 67 which was absolutely worth it. Details below; When we arrived in…

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Karori, New Zealand

As I was walking around Central Wellington yesterday, it made me want to go somewhere where there are less to no buildings and traffic. Karori showed up on Google so today I got up and bought my first Snapper card for NZD 11.00 (just the card).  I took the yellow bus 3 which dropped me…

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