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How I do Walt Disney World and Universal on a Budget

People tend to ask me how do I go to Walt Disney World twice a year, and I am forever explaining mine and my families methods so I thought I would share some of our tips to you lot!
We are huge Disney fans and we have such a huge passion for the Disney Parks, especially Walt Disney World. When we visit the parks, we always find more hidden facts about the park, we like to hunt down Hidden Mickeys (I’ll leave a link to explain these here) and get up to date on the latest construction of lands and rides within the parks!

1. Annual Passes – that’s right, Walt Disney World have an annual pass option when it comes to tickets which works out as very beneficial to US residents and especially Orlando visitors. It is such great value and you definitely can get your money’s worth out of this ticket. Here is a link to all the information on Annual Passes.

The tickets are $829 this year, I believe and in the past years this has definitely been beneficial for us with the exchange rate of GBP and USD.
When you usually go to Walt Disney World, you will pay at least £299 minimum for a 14 day ticket (and more, if it includes the Water Parks).

As we go at least twice a year, it use to work out as you either break even, save slightly or have saved quite a bit of money from having the Annual Pass.
If you already have a 14 day ticket, you can always upgrade your passes at the parks to an Annual Pass.

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2. Cheap Flights and Accommodation – We tend to go through a travel agent in the past on icelolly.com and usually end up travelling with purpletravel. These fly with Virgin and Thomson I believe and they have some incredible packages! So definitely give them a browse on ice lolly.com and purple travel through ice lolly. We tend to get flights and accommodation for £450-500pp for two weeks with luggage included and then we rent a car on top of that which is must easier for us.

3. Non-Disney Accommodation – We think of it as ‘we get up super early in the mornings and don’t come back until midnight each night whilst at Walt Disney World. So does it really matter what hotel you have? As long as it is decent, clean, has the necessities that you need and isn’t too far from the parks then it’s great!
The Disney hotels are really great and are so lovely to go to. We stayed at the All Stars Movie Resort when I was 7 years old, but it does really bump up your holiday price unless you can find an amazing deal!

We tend to stick with one of our favourites now which is Celebration Suites in Old Town, Orlando. It is a 5 minute drive to Walt Disney World or maybe even less! You drive straight out of the hotel, down the road for 60 seconds and you’re straight onto the right entrance for Walt Disney World!

At the Celebration Suites, depending on how many of us are going we usually get one bedroom, a kitchen, bathroom and a living area that has a pull-down bed or if you go for the deluxe rooms, you will get three bedrooms, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a living area.
It is so affordable here and we are always going back, unless we feel like going somewhere different and have found an amazing deal with the Radisson Blu Celebration which is also such an incredible hotel but a bit more pricey again!

4. Food – We don’t go crazy on food at the parks as we know that they can be very expensive, so we usually eat a huge breakfast at iHop or Golden Coral before we head to the parks. We are so full from having a huge buffet breakfast, that we don’t want to eat again until the evening! Some nights, we might still not feel like a huge meal so we will get something small to eat in the parks or a snack. I also completely adore Taco Bell, it is suppose to be Mexican food although Americans tend to say it’s the ‘McDonalds of Mexican’ food but I love it and it’s super cheap and affordable when you order a snack box!
Other days, we will then decide to have food at the parks and keep it as if it’s a special occasion for the bigger restaurants or dessert parties. (Check out my post on the Wishes Dessert Party!)

Every now and then, we really enjoy visiting Tony’s at the Magic Kingdom especially as we usually go to WDW when it’s Father’s Day or somebody birthday!

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5. Souvenir Cups – Take advantage of some of the souvenir cups that WDW and Universal sell. In the past, Universal use to sell a red tall cup that was $10 and you could get unlimited refills for just $0.99 each time! But, there was never anything saying that you couldn’t reuse the cup so people would always take them back each day and it was ALWAYS a huge must for us to remember our cup each year to go into the suitcase!
Usually Orlando Informer‘s website always has the ins and outs of everything and provide so many amazing tips and I would recommend going over to TheTimTracker’s YouTube for more tips and videos on updates at the parks!

6. Annual Passholder Discount – If you own an Annual Pass, do not forget about the discounts that you receive at the parks! We use to forget all of the time or just weren’t aware of them and now we’re getting on top of them more and more each year!
You can get discounts at Pandora, all of the merchandise stores, Starbucks, restaurants, at Disney Springs (previously known as Downtown Disney) and on hotels, I believe..
Here is a link to all of the Annual Passholder Discounts for you to browse at!

We didn’t know until Christmas time, that you can get discount on the bottles of Coca Cola that you purchase but only at merchandise stores, not from the little kiosks selling snacks and refreshments around the park!

7. Disney Transportation and Parking – Take advantage of the free Disney Transportation System! There are buses that run from Disney Springs to all of the hotels, then from the Disney hotels they have buses that take you directly to the parks. In the past, we parked at Disney Springs if we were browsing around for a bit or getting something to eat and then we would hop on a bus to another park.
I am assuming that Disney frown upon doing this as it will take up the parking at Disney Springs (which is now improving) but use this at your own risk, incase they put anything in place from now on!

Also, again with your Annual Passes you will gain free parking into all of the theme parks if you show it at the main gate to the parking lot (this goes for Universal Studios, Sea World and Busch Gardens too!). Each year that I have visited Walt Disney World, we have seen the prices of parking shoot up! It use to be $12 when we visited around 2007/2008 and now it’s up to $20 per day for a standard size car. Anything larger is more expensive like a shuttle/limo/camper/trailer/RV..

8. Additional Discounts on Food Outside the Parks – Don’t forget to look through the coupon booklets that you will see everywhere in Orlando. At restaurants they will have stands of them and also at Tourist Offices and Ticket Sellers. 99% of the time, you will find a coupon for the big named restaurants such as Ponderosa, Golden Coral, Red Lobster, Crab Shack, Chick-Fil-A.. Most of these coupons will be 5-10% off your bill or a ‘Kid eats free’ voucher.

I know it’s only small but if you add everything up from each day, you will see what a difference it makes! We like to write down how much we have spent each day and then we will use the extra money to splash out on gifts for ourselves or family and friends, any extra activities or restaurants we want to visit!

I tend to join up to certain restaurants mailing lists too, for example at iHop they give you a free stack of pancakes on your birthday and usually other large events throughout the year like Pancake Day!

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9. Snacks – I always highly recommend taking snacks with you wherever you go. As you will find out, the theme parks can be quite pricey for snacks although we do tend to purchase these as it’s easier than taking a bag. The snacks are really good at the parks and this is what we tend to spend on at the parks, but you can always bring your own in.
We really enjoy going to Walmart and purchasing a huge 1KG bag of mini size Nerds, Laffy Taffy, Gobstoppers and Sweetarts. We also purchase things like Capri Sun’s to have at the hotel (they get a bit too warm in the car), cereal (always Lucky Charms to get those sugar levels soaring through the roof!) and fruit to eat in the morning at the hotel, cereal bars to easily take with us wherever we go and always bags of Cheetos as they are my favourite and you never know when you need to munch in the car!
We basically just keep a carrier bag of snacks in the car, so we can eat them there or take them out somewhere with us.

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And I feel like that is it for now until some more tips come to my mind! I might end up doing a Part Two to this post if I find enough additional tips for you but if you have any questions then feel free to comment down below and I’ll reply to them!

I really hope you enjoyed this post and I hope that it helped in some way for you all!

Have a magical day!

If you want to check out more Disney related posts:

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular Desert Party Review

Christmas at Walt Disney World

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

My Disney Jewellery Collection

Video: I Surprised My Mother at Disney!

Disney Theme Park Vlogs

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Wishes Firework Spectacular Dessert Party

Hello again, I am carrying on with the Disney series with my next post: Wishes Dessert Party.

You might have seen this advertised online or have walked past the event inside the Magic Kingdom (or similar events in the other parks) and have wondered about them, so I will fill you all in on the experience!

Firstly, at the Disney parks they have Dessert parties which are usually themed such as:

Magic Kingdom – Wishes Fireworks Spectacular (Standing: $59 per adult, $35 per child – Seated: $79 per adult, $47 per child)
Epcot – Illuminations Fireworks ($49 per adult, $29 per child)
Hollywood Studios – Star Wars Galactic Spectacular ($69 per adult, $39 per child)

At the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular Dessert Party, you can either opt for a seated party ($79 per adult, $47 per child) where you remain seated and still eating during the fireworks – or you can go for the Standing option ($49 per adult, $29 per child), where you still get to sit and eat your food, but will be escorted to a VIP Viewing Area to watch the fireworks directly in front of the castle – brilliant views!

Illuminations at Epcot has a variety of desserts from all around the world that you can try unlimited, whilst watching the firework show with a great view of the barge.

The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party includes alcoholic beverages (Star Wars themed, of course), Darth Vader cupcakes and after eating as much dessert as you possibly can, you will be escorted to a VIP Viewing Area for the fireworks show.

Personally, I haven’t done the dessert parties at Epcot or Hollywood Studios but I have done both at Magic Kingdom. Basically, we always walked past the dessert party each year wondering what it was and it was always sold out. So my dad booked a surprise for me, my brother and his girlfriend to all go to the Seated Dessert Party!
The second time we went was so that my mother can have the experience too, and we found out that they brought out a cheaper version of the party but just standing which was great. Here’s a photo of us after the dessert party, absolutely stuffed outside the Cinderella Castle!

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For the seated event, you turn up to Tomorrowland Terrace to check in and are then seated at a table. You are quickly shown around the set up, where to get your certain items from and then you are left to go crazy and stuff yourself silly with cakes and desserts!
For this event, you remain in your seats and can keep going up for desserts during the show. Whilst at the standing event, you come into the same Tomorrowland Terrace again but into a cornered off area (you get the same desserts as the seated event) but they escort you to the VIP Viewing Area just before the show.

I would definitely recommend going to the Standing event over the seated, as much as I loved the both I found that at the seated, you had to stand up and move towards the edge to see all of the fireworks in the sky, if you aren’t sat along the edge.
Also, it is quite a pricey event and you definitely need to get your money’s worth out of this – expect to feel pretty sick from desserts like we all were haha! I would definitely go for the standing event to save that extra $20!

What sort of desserts are at the event?
Rice Krispy treats covered in chocolate, Chocolate covered strawberries, Tiramisu, Mickey Oreo cookies, Tinkerbell and Olaf cupcakes, cheese platters and so much more..
Here are a few photos of the desserts we had!
(The first time I was glad that I picked up one of everything, as I went back the second time there was a lot less choice available – although this didn’t happen at the standing event! It really just depends on the day!).

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You also get unlimited drinks in these packages too (depends on the varieties they have, they will have examples like sparkling wine, non alcoholic apple cider, hot cocoa..

If you are thinking of going to one of these events, I would highly recommend the Magic Kingdom for the money as it is just so iconic to see the castle light up, watch Wishes and to have that most magical moment to remember. I had such an amazing time at the dessert party, although we doubt we will go again only as we felt like we could not get our money’s worth for around $60 each within the time frame we had.
I wish they would make it a day event, so you can pop into the Tomorrowland Terrace to pick up desserts all day long, when you feel like some and then go to watch the Fireworks afterwards – I felt like I was stuffing my face for the sake of it which tasted amazing, but still..a little greedy!

So I hope I helped a little on what to expect from the Dessert parties (although I haven’t done the Epcot or Hollywood Studios ones). Let me know if you would like to know anything else, leave a comment below!

Have you been to a dessert party at Walt Disney World? Is this your ‘cup of tea’?
Have a magical day,
Zoe
xx

Want more Disney related posts?

Christmas at Walt Disney World

How I do Walt Disney World on a Budget

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

VLOG: I Surprised my mother at Walt Disney World!

My Disney Jewellery Collection

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

I know it is past Christmas, but I feel like I really need to do a review on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World in Orlando. I believe that this might come in handy if people are planning on booking a Christmas getaway this year (and for future, of course!)

Firstly, to get the pricing out of the way.. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is at an additional cost. So you basically have to purchase a ticket for the party which is usually from 6/7pm until midnight (early entry into the park from 4pm). The tickets are priced differently as they are slightly cheaper before the major dates in December, but when I went on the 23rd December it was $99 per adult plus tax and $94 for a child.
Although saying this, keep in mind that if you already have an annual pass you can get a small discount on these tickets!

The great thing about this event is that some families enjoy attending whilst dressed in their pyjamas and Christmas hats which was really fun to see (although I was a little jealous of how comfy they looked!)

What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
It is a festive party where the park is completely transformed, filled with Christmas music, lots of free cookies and hot cocoa being given out and you get to see the Christmas parades and meet exclusive characters in their appropriate attire for the event!

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Is the party worth the $99?
Personally, I would say that if it was $59, then I would say yes as it is a really fun event and you get to meet the characters in costumes that they usually wouldn’t wear! But to be honest, as you get closer to Christmas Day the parks tend to roll out the exact same Christmas parades that you were paying to see to the general public on a normal day.
I would definitely say that if you are really into meeting your characters then I would recommend it, especially if you are going to get your moneys worth of cookies too!

An upside to the event is that most people are going to be seeing the parades, shows and meeting characters so this means that the attraction times are usually reduced quite a bit. There are a limited amount of tickets for each night of the event, so the park will be much quieter when you are there but still expect long queues for the character meet and greets!

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What is the food and drink like?
At the event, they have ‘Treat Trails’ or a station that is called something along those lines. You basically have your Very Merry wristband on (they give it to you at the entrance of the park) and you can queue up for unlimited cookies, hot cocoa and eggnog. Each station tries to have a variety of flavours for you to try, for example they had Ginger Cookies, Peppermint Bark, Molasses..

Did I enjoy it?
I really did enjoy the event, it was a first time for me and I do understand that it was pricey but it was really nice to have the opportunity to get some really nice festive photos with characters that I usually wouldn’t have gotten to meet AND all in their festive gear (like in my photos!).
I really enjoyed that it was quiet in the park too although the event had already sold out, the only negative thing I have to say about the event is that it’s expensive and we were in Orlando during the main Christmas week so we saw the exact same parades on the run up to Christmas as we did at Very Merry which was a little gutting as we did pay for that advantage!
The event did make me feel really christmassy and festive though and I had a fab time there but personally I would not spend the $99 to do it again – it was lovely the first time, but I feel that at that price it’s more of a ‘one opportunity’ kind of event for me and my family!

Is there anything else you’d like to know about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Let me know!
Have you been before? What did you think about it? Enjoy it? Worth the money or not?
xx

Check out my other posts:

Christmas at Walt Disney World

How I do Walt Disney World on a Budget

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

My Disney Jewellery Collection

VLOG: I Surprised my mother at Walt Disney World!

VLOG: Walt Disney World

Tips on visiting the Disney and Universal parks!

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

I know it is past Christmas, but I feel like I really need to do a review on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World in Orlando. I believe that this might come in handy if people are planning on booking a Christmas getaway this year (and for future, of course!)

Firstly, to get the pricing out of the way.. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is at an additional cost. So you basically have to purchase a ticket for the party which is usually from 6/7pm until midnight (early entry into the park from 4pm). The tickets are priced differently as they are slightly cheaper before the major dates in December, but when I went on the 23rd December it was $99 per adult plus tax and $94 for a child.
Although saying this, keep in mind that if you already have an annual pass you can get a small discount on these tickets!

The great thing about this event is that some families enjoy attending whilst dressed in their pyjamas and Christmas hats which was really fun to see (although I was a little jealous of how comfy they looked!)

What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?
It is a festive party where the park is completely transformed, filled with Christmas music, lots of free cookies and hot cocoa being given out and you get to see the Christmas parades and meet exclusive characters in their appropriate attire for the event!

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Is the party worth the $99?
Personally, I would say that if it was $59, then I would say yes as it is a really fun event and you get to meet the characters in costumes that they usually wouldn’t wear! But to be honest, as you get closer to Christmas Day the parks tend to roll out the exact same Christmas parades that you were paying to see to the general public on a normal day.
I would definitely say that if you are really into meeting your characters then I would recommend it, especially if you are going to get your moneys worth of cookies too!

An upside to the event is that most people are going to be seeing the parades, shows and meeting characters so this means that the attraction times are usually reduced quite a bit. There are a limited amount of tickets for each night of the event, so the park will be much quieter when you are there but still expect long queues for the character meet and greets!

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What is the food and drink like?
At the event, they have ‘Treat Trails’ or a station that is called something along those lines. You basically have your Very Merry wristband on (they give it to you at the entrance of the park) and you can queue up for unlimited cookies, hot cocoa and eggnog. Each station tries to have a variety of flavours for you to try, for example they had Ginger Cookies, Peppermint Bark, Molasses..

Did I enjoy it?
I really did enjoy the event, it was a first time for me and I do understand that it was pricey but it was really nice to have the opportunity to get some really nice festive photos with characters that I usually wouldn’t have gotten to meet AND all in their festive gear (like in my photos!).
I really enjoyed that it was quiet in the park too although the event had already sold out, the only negative thing I have to say about the event is that it’s expensive and we were in Orlando during the main Christmas week so we saw the exact same parades on the run up to Christmas as we did at Very Merry which was a little gutting as we did pay for that advantage!
The event did make me feel really christmassy and festive though and I had a fab time there but personally I would not spend the $99 to do it again – it was lovely the first time, but I feel that at that price it’s more of a ‘one opportunity’ kind of event for me and my family!

Is there anything else you’d like to know about Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Let me know!
Have you been before? What did you think about it? Enjoy it? Worth the money or not?
xx

Check out my other posts:

Christmas at Walt Disney World

How I do Walt Disney World on a Budget

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

My Disney Jewellery Collection

VLOG: I Surprised my mother at Walt Disney World!

VLOG: Walt Disney World

Tips on visiting the Disney and Universal parks!

Christmas at Walt Disney World Pt.1

For the Christmas just gone, I was lucky enough to go to Walt Disney World with my family for the holidays and it was incredible!

There is always a huge bag of mixed opinions on Christmas at Disney from things like long lines for the attractions, the crowds and the parks being closed earlier so on and so forth..

We travelled from the 18th December until the 1st January for two weeks. Luckily the first week of the holiday is suppose to be the quietest as the huge crowds usually come from around the 22nd to stay for the duration of Christmas. I was a little nervous about this as I expected there to be really long lines for everything and as my mother puts it ‘You won’t get on many rides at all’ as she has been once before for christmas. In all honesty, when we went I felt like the lines for the rides were just like a normal busy day which wasn’t too bad at all although we did make sure that we had our Fastpasses sorted for each day to speed up the time too!

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For the crowds, again it was just like seeing a normal busy day apart from Christmas day and around the 28th December and New Years Eve. They were the really busy days in the park, Christmas Day at the Magic Kingdom obviously being the busiest (where they close the park around 10am due to full capacity). We had this in mind, got up early to get to the park for 9am and when we drove there, there was already a 30 minute queue to even get through the car park barriers (where they charge for parking – free with an annual pass though!).

We knew not to expect to get on many rides on Christmas Day, so we spent the majority of the day watching the parades, eating our Christmas Dinner (which was amazing from the Liberty Tree Tavern – all you can eat) and playing Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom. If you ever want me to go into more detail about any of this, then just leave a comment below and I will look into creating a post for you!

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Somehow although I booked our Fastpasses a month before our holiday, it is very rare that you can get a pass for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train but surprisingly the only day I got it for was Christmas Day (which must have been from somebody else cancelling theirs at the time that I attempted!)
I highly recommend trying to get Fastpasses a few days or even the night before, for the attractions you want (apart from Frozen Ever After and Seven Dwarves Mine Train – it’s very unlikely you will get these). On the day, your choices will be much more limited although there is a chance that people cancel when you keep refreshing the page! But just bare in mind, if you know which parks you are going into on what days, then definitely get the Fastpasses for the rides you want to go on the most!

The parks were really festive during the Christmas holidays, full of wreaths, festive songs and every now and then a free sweet treat – such as sugar cookies! There was snow falling down on Main Street USA, character meet and greets in their festive attire and not forgetting Christmas Wishes and you definitely cannot miss the Cinderella Castle light up as icicles – it was the most beautiful thing!

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Which reminds me that we also went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (at an extra cost) but I will write a separate post on that!

As this post is getting pretty long, I think I will split this one into two parts so you can send me questions on specific things to cover in the next one!
xx

Want more Disney related posts?

Wishes Fireworks Spectacular Dessert Party

How I do Walt Disney World on a Budget

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Review

My Disney Jewellery Collection

VLOG: I Surprised my mother at Walt Disney World!

VLOG: Walt Disney World

Tips on visiting the Disney and Universal parks!

Top Places to Visit in Sydney

From the view of a backpacker that stayed in Sydney for 9 months, I thought that I would compile a little list on my Top Places to Visit in Sydney, Australia.

Want a great atmosphere in an old school, american diner with a retro feel to it? Soda Factory is where you can get some of the best gourmet hot dogs ($1 dogs night every tuesday – they even have a desert hot dog!) and you will have some of the best nights out in Sydney here! They play a huge compilation of music, from a few chart pieces, to some classics, motown and funk, 50s jive and even some hip hop constantly on rotate, so there’s definitely music for everyone here! http://www.sodafactory.com.au

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Feeling a little homesick when travelling around? Sydney has a place in The Rocks called Tea Cosy that sell tea and scones and it’s safe to say, that it is heavenly! I went for a Girls day out and this was such a good choice to catch up over! http://theteacosy.com.au


Many people will tell you that you have to go to Blue Mountains National Park when you are in Sydney, and you do! I took the tourist route at first, saw the Three Sisters and all of the other breathtaking views but the second time I went for a non touristy route with a local friend of mine and it did not disappoint either! You really get to see so many different sides to the Blue Mountains – rainforest trails, waterfalls, rivers, more mountains, observation points, the sunsets.. http://www.bluemts.com.au

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A very quick and simple post, but there will be another post featuring more ‘Top Places to Visit in Sydney’.
*these are not my images*

Zoe
xx

The New Zealand you didn't know

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it definitely did not disappoint when I visited last year. You think of New Zealand for it’s incredible scenery, but there’s so much more from black water rafting, hiking mountains seen in the movies, to skydiving about snowy mountains and a lot of movie sets and adrenaline!

Queenstown

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One place that can feed your adrenaline needs? Try Queenstown!

This is such an incredible place, this is seen as the place for total adrenaline! Here, you can go skydiving, jump into a canyon at the Shotover Canyon Swing, throw yourself off a bridge with a bungee jump or even go snowboarding and skiing – all in this one town!

Not to forget that this place is absolutely beautiful, there are plenty of viewing points and you can get a cable car to the top of a mountain to see some breath taking views.
I went skiing at Cardrona and it was great – this was a first for me and I was surprised at how many lessons there were for beginners, although most of the 5 year olds in the younger class were way better than me!

The Shotover Canyon Swing was pretty scary for the 5 seconds that you jump off but also so much fun! There’s so many different styles on how you can jump off, whether you want to ride a tricycle, get attached to a garden chair or even have a bin tied to your head..

Wellington

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This is the capital of Wellington and you won’t be disappointed! From museums to botanical gardens, there’s a lot to be seen here..

Weta Workshop was a personal favourite, here they create all of the props for films like the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, King Kong and even Narnia. They show you how they create everything, give you a studio tour and show you that the props can be very deceiving to the eye! If you are a film buff, then I would highly recommend visiting here!

Wellington is home to one of the best museums in New Zealand too – Te Papa Museum. They had a mind blowing Gallipoli exhibition created by Weta Workshop when I visited, and the detail on these much larger than life figures was incredible! I was at the Te Papa Museum for hours and hours trying out the earthquake simulator and browsing at the culture of New Zealand and I didn’t even get around to everything whilst I was there.

Wellington is an all round amazing place to visit, there is a harbour with incredible views, a lot of shopping areas, has it’s own airport and they have the Botanical Gardens that you can get to via a cable car. Also, for any of the Welsh people out there, there is a Welsh Pub run by actual Welsh expats which is so much fun especially if you’re a little bit homesick!

Waitomo

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Want to rush down waterfalls inside a cave full of glowworms? I found this hidden gem!

Here they have the most amazing glowworm caves that you can either go through via a boat, or you can do black water rafting where you flow down waterfalls and tube through the caves whilst seeing all of the glowworms.

It was so beautiful in these caves and I would highly recommend paying these a visit. It is so peaceful in there and it looks like you are gazing at stars, breathtaking! A definite must do.

Matamata

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Want to know all of the ins and out of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy?

Hobbiton was the place that I was looking forward to the most when I visited New Zealand and I was blown away! Yes, it’s a bit pricey if you aren’t a huge Lord Of The Rings fan but for fans, you will adore it. You get to walk around the set of The Shire, visit the Green Dragon Inn and have a beer or cider and it will get you humming to The Shire soundtrack as you venture around trying to replicate ‘I’m going on an adventure’.

Franz Josef

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Want to hike one of the most incredible glaciers in the world AND go in a helicopter?

This was my definite favourite from New Zealand, I had such an incredible weekend here and I would go back in an instant. It is a very small town but you can go up to the Franz Josef glaciers in a helicopter and hike for three hours and you can also go kayaking afterwards in the lakes surrounding the glaciers back on ground!

Milford Sound

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An Outstanding day and scenes from The Wolverine were filmed here!

We had a day out to Milford Sound and it did not disappoint! They have filmed a waterfall scene from The Wolverine here and I think that goes to say how incredible of a place it must be, so take my word on this!

Tamaki Mauri Village, Rotorua.

new zealand tamaki mauri village, rotorua

Want to experience the real Maori lifestyle and culture?

Here you get the full Maori experience, they will greet you and welcome you to their Maori family, show you the Maori lifestyle on how they traditionally make clothing, family games, Maori songs and of course the Haka! They even cook you an incredible meal and entertain you with beautiful Maori singing and dancing at the same time.
A definite must do to see the real culture of New Zealand.

If you want to see any of my New Zealand videos, feel free to pop over to my channel to have a browse. There are videos on the Glacier Walk, kayaking, my skydive, canyon swings..