New Zealand

Dealing with New Zealand sandflies – a survival guide

[ad_1] As an American with limited options for a working holiday visa, I chose New Zealand over Australia for a few key reasons. One, of course, was the draw of the majestic Southern Alps, a truly magnificent spectacle without comparison. The other was because I really don’t enjoy stifling hot temperatures. The third and perhaps the most compelling argument against ...

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Everything you need to know about surviving winter in New Zealand

[ad_1] Listen up, everyone! It’s the first week of June. Winter has officially arrived. Grab your woolen sweaters! Raid the supermarkets for supplies! Gather your loved ones inside. THIS IS NOT A DRILL. You may think I’m being dramatic because New Zealand actually has a relatively mild climate year-round compared to say, Canada or Siberia, but trust me on this: ...

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10 epic things to do in New Zealand that aren’t hiking

[ad_1] It’s no secret that New Zealand is a world-renowned hiking mecca. Open any magazine feature or Instagram page and you’re likely to see an impossibly small human perched precariously in front of towering mountains. Who wouldn’t want to go walking in that scenery? But for many people, hiking just isn’t for them. So what’s a person to do when traveling ...

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Nothing beats Central Otago in autumn

[ad_1] It’s that time of year again, autumn, my favorite season in New Zealand! Growing up in the States, I confess it did take me a while to grow accustomed to reversed seasons and fall leaves in April, but now I’m hooked and love it. And there is nowhere I love to experience more than stunning Central Otago. An east ...

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8 reasons to love Christchurch, New Zealand

[ad_1] Lieselot De Brauwer is a freelance writer and travel blogger. She sees herself as a world citizen, but lost her heart to New Zealand and was an expat in Christchurch. She specializes in New Zealand and Canada travel, outdoor adventures and inspiring others to explore new places on her blog The World is a Circus So you’re finally planning ...

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An autumn escape to Lombardy Cottage

[ad_1] As a writer and pure introvert at heart, I am constantly on the lookout for cute and cozy hideaways where I can disappear off the grid, relax, and feel inspired. I wish there was a word for that feeling, but it’s something I yearn for when I travel, and probably my most ultimate state of comfort. The closest thing ...

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10 big life lessons I’ve learned from the backcountry

[ad_1] I didn’t start out as an expert in the outdoors. I didn’t grow up doing orienteering races or learning navigation or given any backcountry tips. Aside from binge eating Thin Mints, I had nothing to do with Girl Scouts and couldn’t have cared less about hiking or camping. As I got older and more appreciative of my natural surroundings, ...

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Exploring lush green Northland

[ad_1] I can’t believe it took me years to finally visit Northland – the most northern region of New Zealand. Quite possibly as far as I could physically get from where I live in Wanaka and still be in New Zealand, Northland is a wild place that still has managed to stay off the radar. While many tourists go up ...

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Cape Kidnappers – New Zealand’s most beautiful bird colony

[ad_1] Just when I think I’ve seen it all, New Zealand continues to delight and surprise me. While I’ve explored so many far reaching locations in this beautifully country I’m privileged enough to call home, there are some regions that I’ve yet to get to, like the Hawke’s Bay. On the east coast of the North Island, I just haven’t ...

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