Packing Tips for New Zealand

My trip to Kiwiland was a challenge in many ways. It was my first solo trip, first time staying in hostels, and first time making my own itinerary (which was extremely exciting, for I love to plan things). Also a challenge because I forced myself to pack lightly! Now, after living out of a 36L…

Waiheke Island

In the late morning of my second day in Auckland I was wandering around the harbor and thinking about going to a beach for the afternoon. But then I stumbled upon a sign that said “Waiheke Island Wine Tour” and thought that sounded like a better idea! On the ferry ride I definitely got a unique…

Leisurely Fun in Auckland

As my NZed adventure was winding down, I ended up with a full day and a half in the city of Auckland. Much like Wellington, it reminded me of San Francisco with its Victorian and modern architecture along with lots of street-lining trees and green spaces. Auckland had a great public transportation system (for touristy destinations,…

Hobbiton: A Nerd’s Dream Come True!

I woke up super early in the morning so that I could eat a delicious instant oatmeal breakfast and peacefully enjoy my free instant coffee from the hostel. Zoe and I eagerly waited for the big green bus that would take us to the magical land where all of our childhood dreams would come true:…

Rambling ‘Round Rotorua

Rotorua, aka Sulphur City, is in the crater of a huge volcano alongside the crater lake, Lake Rotorua. It gets its noxious nickname from the noticeable presence of hydrogen sulphide in the air, which smells like rotten eggs. The existence of hydrothermal activity in the region is obviously noticeable, with geysers, hot pools and bubbling…