culture

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..

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

new zealand milford sound

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..

Tamaki Mauri Village Encounter

We went to the Tamaki Mauri Village Encounter and stayed there overnight recently. It was so much fun here, and we got to learn a lot about the Maori Culture, in New Zealand.11013192_10153055962972362_5306263297469902379_nWe started off by having a very warm welcome from our hosts, who taught us how to play some children’s stick games to get us warmed up and the blood pumping (as it was -1 degrees at the time!). Then, we got taught a song in Maori which was so much fun to learn and ended up performing it for all of the guests that came for dinner that evening!
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We then got moved on to the opening ceremony, when the warriors would come out, present our ‘chief’ with a welcoming peace token and once we had accepted it and said that we come in peace, we would get lead into the village where we would learn much more!20013_10153055963117362_9133808676547386660_n
Inside the village, we learnt how the Maori Culture works, how they build their homes, clothes, weapons, tattoos and other games.11665432_10153055964122362_3559771274963824472_n
We then got taken inside for an amazing performance of song and dance which was incredible! Everyone really got into it and got to learn some moves and even the guys got to learn the Haka! Before we knew it, we were all sitting down for a gigantic meal which was more like a feast and then settled in for the night!

It was such a great experience, and I think that it will be one of my highlights of my New Zealand trip – a DEFINITE MUST DO if you visit New Zealand!
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LOOK WHAT JUST DOWNLOADED ONTO MY KINDLE!

Yes, that’s right. The book that I have been counting down the days for, and irritating Ernest Cline (and my followers) on twitter for!
I cannot wait to get stuck into this book, I am way too excited as when I read Ready Player One (£5.98 Kindle Edition, £6.29 Paperback) a few years ago, it instantly shot up to my ‘favourite books’ pile! Definitely in my Top 3 so far!

I have heard that this one is based on Aliens and slight video games, compared to the last book which was an actual video game itself (the storyline).

You can find Armada here: CLICKEDY CLICK! (£9.09 Hardcover, £7.99 Paperback, £6.02 Kindle Edition).

Let the reading and coffee drinking commence!
Have any of you preordered this?!
xx

What are the best things about travelling?

So after my other posts, which seemed a little negative but I just had to point out the hard things that I was experiencing – I thought that I would post this new, positive one about the best things you get out of travelling!
People might say that I was negative in the other one, but that’s just a small phase at the moment – other than this, I have had one of the most amazing times out here whilst travelling – here’s why:

1. The People.
You will get to meet some of the most incredible people whilst travelling. I already feel like I have met some friends for life, and that I would see them at my wedding one day (if I ever get married, that is!).
You become one big, close family that will stick together no matter what and you appreciate that so greatly whilst away from home! I wouldn’t change my travel family for the world – I have met some of the most funniest, caring and inspirational people going.
People will be from all over the world, different cultures, speak different languages and have completely different backgrounds – but you will make some of the closest friends ever, learn so much about each others countries and their lifestyles.

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2. The Places you will visit.
You will visit some of the most breathtaking places in the world, you will watch sunsets, climb mountains, walk on white sands, meet the locals, live the culture of others.
Sometimes, you even need to step out of the tourist box and try to see a place from a locals view – it’s surprising what little gems you will find at each place!
I haven’t done too much travelling so far, but I have seen some incredible places that I will always treasure and tell other people and my future children about!

3. The Memories.
You will create the most incredible memories whilst travelling. Whether it’s discovering a new place, reliving your favourite place, having a social gathering with your friends or even going alone and finding some of the most magical places.

4. The Benefits.
You will reap in the benefits of travelling, you will see yourself become a more independent person and become a lot more outgoing. You will have the confidence to speak to complete strangers, not be afraid to travel to a new place by yourself, the ability to stay wherever you want without fear and learn so many new skills without even realising.
I have learnt so much since I have been here, especially with languages – I love to teach myself something new all of the time, so I have asked my friends from different countries to teach me something in their language. I have even asked them how to cook certain things, learn about their culture and even learn new skills whilst joining in with activities or experiences!
When you have your travel friends too, you will always do anything possible for each other – whether it’s recommending places to go as they have already visited, hooking each other up with contacts for jobs, farm placements to get a second year visa or even sharing meals and cutting the costs! An eternal bond going on, here!

I just want to say that I love all of my travel friends so much, and really appreciate them for everything they have done for me and what we have all done together.
The experience we have had, the nights out, the day trips, the gossip, food experiments, the connections we have made and the problems we have all solved together! I love them all.
It goes to show that there are some amazing people in the world, and there’s not always bad.
x

NEW VIDEO: Short Melbourne Montage


Here is a really short montage from the first two day trip I had to Melbourne!
Cute animal video coming up in the morning! 😀
x

My Work Australia Experience So Far..

IT’S 6 MONTHS SINCE I STARTED MY TRAVELS!
I thought that now is the time to come up with a mid-way conclusion of my Australia Trip so far!

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So much has happened within the last 6 months since being on my BUNAC Work Australia programme and I have already got so many incredible memories to share with family and friends!
Although, I have been working a lot since I got here, I have met some of the most incredible people from all around the world. I wouldn’t change them for anyone else, we have all stuck by each other at all times.
I feel so thankful that I have been able to make such amazing friends, and the fact that I will always be able to visit them around the world, no matter where they are – and I can do the same for them!

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I have visited some of the most beautiful places in Australia, learnt about different cultures and I can’t wait to learn and see a lot more!

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I have been in Sydney for 5 months feeling more like a working resident there and having gained so many Australian friends, then I went to Gold Coast to experience some of their theme parks, Byron Bay was a day trip last week which was one of the most beautiful beaches I have visited so far and now I am in Melbourne for a short period of time to work before heading off to a very nice sounding farm to work for my second year visa.

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I can’t believe that all of this has happened in 6 months and I now have another 18 months left of travelling!
I highly recommend that you all try to save to come travelling, as I have become a much more independent person who now doesn’t mind hopping from hostel to hostel on my own!

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Have you guys gone backpacking/travelling before?
I would love to hear some of your travel stories, good and bad! 😀
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