North Island: Rotorua to Whakahoro

My trip from Rotorua to Whakahoro was a bit of a whirlwind. First I headed to Lake Aniwhenua, where I stayed in a beautiful lakeside lodge. I experienced a ‘hangi’ which is a traditional Maori feast where food is cooked underground (delicious!). I also tried weaving and spent a lot of time relaxing and enjoying…… Continue reading North Island: Rotorua to Whakahoro


Visiting the Hobbiton film set

You’re either going to love this post or not give it a second glance, depending on whether you’re a Tolkien nerd like myself. New Zealand was chosen as the filming location for many scenes in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies because of its famously beautiful landscape (and probably also because director Peter…… Continue reading Visiting the Hobbiton film set


An introduction to New Zealand

The beauty of New Zealand really can’t be exaggerated. From the southern alps and turquoise glacial lakes to geothermal pools and beautiful beaches, the landscape in New Zealand is so varied and simply gorgeous. I expected some incredible sights, and I was not disappointed! New Zealand is divided into the north and south islands, along…… Continue reading An introduction to New Zealand

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Tips for visiting Australia on a budget

So, there’s a big difference between backpacking around South-East Asia and backpacking around Australia. In fact, there are lots of differences, but the one that stood out the most to me, and the one I’m going to focus on in this post, is the expense. I spent four months in South-East Asia and three months…… Continue reading Tips for visiting Australia on a budget