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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.

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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..

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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

new zealand queenstown

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

new zealand wellington

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

new zealand waitomo

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

new zealand matamata

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

new zealand franz josef

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..

Queenstown

Where do I start with Queenstown? The small world of adrenaline, scenery and adventure!
Firstly, on our way into Queenstown a few of us got off the bus as two girls wanted to do a A J Hacket Bungy Jump. This looked so scary and I would hate to do a Bungy Jump, although I’ve done a Canyon Swing and a Skydive – this is not my sort of thing! So Joanna went up, not caring at all and just easily jumped off with a smile (crazy girl!). I was so proud of her and jealous of her courage!DSC03771 DSC03772 DSC03781
We then got to Queenstown, had to say goodbye to some people including Joanna from the last photos, who was such a lovely girl and we got on so well!
The scenery in Queenstown was unbelievable – it was so beautiful here! I just wish it was cheaper to live there and had less backpackers everywhere!DSC03932 DSC03936 DSC03938
I went up the Sky Gondola’s one day, where they also have Luge rides – the view was insane! It was probably the best view that I have seen in my whole time being in New Zealand – apart from my skydive of course, I basically saw this view from the sky! But when we were looking out, we even got to see some parasailers! I would’ve loved to have done that, but I’m not too sure if you can pay to do it there? And, I had just done a skydive and a Canyon Swing!DSC03948
Whilst up at the Skyline, the place seemed to be sponsoured by Jelly Belly (which my dad freaking loves!) and they had these amazing pictures from Lord Of The Rings and a world map – MADE OUT OF JELLY BEANS?!DSC04010 DSC04012 DSC04016
And, I saw a lizard car. No need to say any more.DSC04047

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We have heard about the famous ‘ice bar’ in Queenstown, so we had to go and it was so much fun! Everything is made out of ice, the seats, the walls and even the glasses (as pictured below). They give you gloves and a coat before you go in as it’s so cold, but we had an absolute blast!IMG_2042 IMG_2044 IMG_2046 IMG_2047 IMG_2089 IMG_2111
I also met a South Wales boy, too! BOYOOOOO!IMG_2131
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hat’s all I need to say for Queenstown right now, I think! I have posted/or have scheduled some other posts from the activities that I did whilst in Queenstown – like skydiving, canyon swing and skiing at Cardrona. So look out for those!
I will also be posting the videos, too! Queenstown is an amazing place!
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Wanaka

Wanaka is such a pretty little place, there’s not too much there but it is stunning! The scenery down by the lake is incredible (if I can find a photo, if not I will have to google one to show you how beautiful it was!).

They also have a really cool Cinema called… Paradiso? They have sofa’s and have converted a van into seats which is so cool!
Before we left, Kiwi Experience took us to Puzzle World which was quirky. It was like a Optical Illusion house.. It was filled with illusions, puzzle games and really made you think about some things! They even had a massive room that went uphill, but looked like it was normal, so your balance and orientation was completely messed up! It was great fun!
I’ll put a few photos to show you what I mean!
Not much more to say, I apologise if I’m bad at re-capping on these places recently! I find it so hard to remember things, so I’m trying to push out as much as possible!
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Milford Sound

Oh my, Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful places in the world! I absolutely adored it here, even just being on the bus, it was gorgeous outside! The weather wasn’t great on the way down, but that did not matter at all. It’s New Zealand, everything is beautiful!DSC03828
(This is from the Lake Of Reflections – which didn’t really reflect due to the weather).
On the way to Milford Sound, we stopped at a service station that had Alpacas and we were allowed to feed them. As I am a complete animal lover, I was in my element and was a huge highlight of the journey, too! Although, they do like to spit on you, which I experienced a few times..
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Luckily, when we got to the dock to go on a small cruise through Milford Sound, the weather perked up a lot and was so sunny!

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Also, another highlight of Milford Sound was the fact that a Welsh man discovered it and named it Milford Sound after his hometown in Wales, Milford Haven (which is a bit of a dump). But still, those proud Welsh feels came out!

Here, is also where they filmed scenes from Wolverine, where he jumps off a waterfall – TRUE STORY, THAT!

Anyway, I think the photos speak for themselves!
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Harry Potter and the Illustrated, Beautiful, Hardcover of Loving Goodness?!

*These images are from Amazon*
I have recently stumbled across this gorgeous book, whilst I saw that Bloomsbury were releasing a purple hardcover, with golden pages of Harry Potter & The Philosophers Stone full of illustrations which is beautiful – BUT it’s $270.
So I started to read the comments for people’s reactions and they all thought that is was very expensive, nice but too expensive. Somebody then posted a link to an alternative which looks pretty similar on Amazon. HERE IS THE LINK TO IT.
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It’s not going to be the same, of course. But it is still illustrated, has a beautiful hardcover and would look incredible on a bookshelf AND it is only £19.99! What a bargain! I just know that I need this book in my life, right now!
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LINKS:
Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone (Gift Edition)  (£19.99 Hardcover)

Lake Tekapo

We stopped at Lake Tekapo for one night, last night and it was really pretty here – although the weather was brewing and it was freezing cold!
The mountains looked so, so amazing from the lake and before you think I edited the photos, I didn’t. Lake Tekapo is naturally that blue, I can’t remember the reason why, but there is a scientific reason why!
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We also saw this really pretty church next to the lake too, which had the best window view of the lake possible!
We ended up having a TV night, everyone got cosy and watched a lot of documentaries on animals and The Voice Australia. A great relaxing night!
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