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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

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..

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..

YouTube: Disastrous Kayaking in Franz Josef!

This was one of my favourite days in New Zealand – I loved every minute of it!
I say that it is ‘disastrous’ but just in the fact that we all kept sabotaging each other and rowing into trees and verges..
But as you can see, I am finally getting through my footage very slowly but surely! Lots more videos to come up, so keep your eyes peeled!

Do you want to go kayaking or have you been? Was it as disastrous as ours?
Zoe
xx

The rambles of my anxiety. #1

I have been meaning to start doing some posts on my Anxiety recently, as I have been suffering pretty bad with mine and at the time, I really want to write some posts on what it’s all about and why it is happening to me. My problem is just that my brain does not like to shut off, most of the time. People might not think that I have Anxiety, as they can’t physically see it. People always see me as a very, very happy, bouncy and excitable person – yes, I am. But when I am feeling anxious, people can’t see that my brain is going crazy inside and I just cannot stop, it’s like putting on a brave face.
Although I say ‘putting on a brave face’, I think I just try to carry on with whatever I am doing and hope that it will pass, it is very rare that this will happen but I try my best. I will try to take some products from the Rescue Remedy range and hope that I will calm down.

The smallest of things can get my brain ticking, and when I say ticking I probably mean sprinting, erupting or maybe even imploding..
Little things like walking around town and there’s too many people everywhere, getting in the way and causing you to stop. That will start to stress me out, and then my brain won’t stop for the majority of the day.
Although, some days I can cope with it fine and it won’t affect me.

Some other things are like noises that people make, not having my own quiet personal space and not being able to do what I want to.

Even I am the one that does it to myself a lot. I will want to do several things all at once in the evening, but simply do not have the time for all. So I have to eliminate them, but then my brain is telling me ‘I wish I did this. I wish I did that now. I wish I could do this and this at the same time’.
On another aspect, my brain will love to remind me of things that I have done. I will overthink the way I have done something, acted or spoken and it will really kick into me. I have been like this since I was around 16 years old, I will look into how other people see me way too much and end up upsetting myself. Am I too dorky and goofy? Do I come across as horrible? Am I too happy that I irritate people? Do I talk way too much?

People will comment on these things like ‘You’re crazy’ ‘You don’t stop talking, do you?’ or other things like ‘You are so happy, it’s annoying’. I know that they don’t mean to upset me by saying things like this, but the smallest of comments like that will really eat away at me for hours and hours, and they will come back every now and then. I won’t be able to stop these thoughts and I will end up upsetting myself and try to change how I am.

The bigger things that will really get to me are situations. For example, I will experience a situation where I think that I have been treated unfairly or other people have. That will make my brain erupt for hours on end, although we have resolved the situation. My brain will keep ticking and having an argument in the past over and over. It will be telling me stuff like ‘You say to them, you are not going to be treated like that and that they were in the wrong and you weren’t.’ and ‘You need to stand up for yourself and take action on this, because it will carry on’ and even ‘You wouldn’t treat somebody like that, so don’t let them do the same to you’.

I will even think back to moments from the past, even back when I was around 13 and I will think ‘Why did I do that? Why did I act like that? I was so stupid.’
It has gotten to the point, that I have randomly ended up apologising to people out of the blue. Or, I have apologised to people and they never realised that I acted like that in the first place! I get a sense of relief when I hear this and after I have apologised, I am mainly doing it for myself but also to the other person although they never seemed too bothered. Maybe I didn’t come across like that? Maybe I never did any of that? But it is my brain telling me this and overthinking things.

So I am going to stop rambling now and take a breather, as I just had to get this post out there and maybe some people will feel the same way and can relate to any of this? I would love to hear about others situations.
My anxiety was at a high this morning and I got so worked up and angry, that it started to make me a little upset, so that’s when I turned to writing this post and I do actually feel a lot calmer after doing this!
The down side is when you come back to reality and you look at yourself and think ‘What was all the big fuss about? You were just blowing stuff out of proportion.’ and I use to believe this was just myself doing it before and I hated it, until I was told by my doctor that I had pretty strong anxiety.

But I have now gotten myself some advice and am on a waiting list to get some help on how to control my anxiety, so it’s just the start of my journey now.
I would love to hear about your dealings with anxiety and how you all combat this, it would be great information for me to try out.
Expect more posts about stuff like this and some updates, maybe even encounter some rants that I will probably end up taking down.
For now, I am going to leave this there. I know it was a long post, but I hope that somebody, at least one person can relate to this and I will be satisfied.

Goodbye for now.
xx

Time for the next step in my life!

I’m feeling like a little post on whatever is on my mind, at the moment.
I am so excited for the next chapter of my life. I am hoping to move to London (surrounding areas, as it’s cheaper) and to hopefully get a Junior Web Developer job.

I cannot wait to start looking at apartments/houses and at jobs that I would love to do!
I even went to Currys today, had a look at all of the home products and fell in love with the Dyson V6 Absolute (link here) too! I have all these future visions in my mind right now – it’s exciting!

I personally feel that when I don’t live at home, I feel like a completely different person. I am me.
I am more mature, I will cook for myself, eat healthier and I will enjoy it too. I will also bake a lot more, which I love doing as it will be my kitchen. I will enjoy decorating my place as I adore some interior design and cannot wait to purchase some amazing pieces for my kitchen – such as the Phillipe Starck juicer, that I have had my eye on since I was about 15/16!

I find this so exciting and by being a christmas temp at work, it is giving me that extra kick to get through my Coding course online, work harder and faster to get ready by the time that I am finished with work in January! Too much motivation going on right now!

I know that it can be expensive living in the surrounding areas of London, and I know that the wiser choice is to live with more people to make it cheaper. But I personally believe that I can find something smaller for cheaper, if I really look properly (I have already found a few beautiful places that would be perfect!). Although it would be cheaper, I think that it is personally worth me paying that little bit extra so that I can be happier and less stressed with the people I will live with! Definitely worth the money for me!
I like my own space, peace and quiet when I can get it and clean clean clean spaces!

I cannot wait to have my place, my own decor, a bookshelf, have a Mon/Fri 9-5, go out for a relax and coffee on the weekends, be able to do one of London’s many things in my spare time (museum, galleries, book stores, shopping, sights, meet up with friends..) I simply cannot wait!
Is it just me that’s in this stage at the moment? Anyone else feeling like this? Get excited over the little things like what products to have or decor? I cannot wait, and yes, my butt is so on Pinterest right now having a browse!
I feel like I have so many ideas in my mind right now that I need to write it all down – I might have another good go at Pinterest this evening and get my brainstorms out in one go!
Apologies for the ramble!
xx

If you want a cheeky look at my Pinterest then here’s the link!

My Bucket List!

I have always had the thought of a Bucket List, or when I end up doing something incredible I’ll say ‘One crossed off the Bucket List’.. but I never actually had one. So I have decided to give it a go (with a bit of help from google, of course)..
Here is my bucket list so far.. and some of the things that are bold (completed) can be open to do more of that certain thing, of course!

Have any of you got a bucket list? What’s your biggest achievement so far? I would love to hear some inspiration!
xx

BUCKET LIST

  • Travel the world
  • Learn a new language
  • Become a Web Developer
  • Live in a big city
  • Go Scuba Diving
  • Go snorkelling
  • Go skiing
  • Do a skydive
  • Do an extreme sport
  • Connect with past teachers
  • Let someone know how much he/she means to you
  • Give a heartfelt surprise to someone
  • Perform a kind deed without expecting anything in return
  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Be a mentor to someone
  • Pursue Your Passion
  • Start a business
  • Fly in a hot air balloon
  • Sing to an audience
  • Do volunteer work
  • Befriend a stranger
  • Get a drink for a stranger
  • Walk/Dance barefoot in the rain
  • Experience a sunrise/sunset
  • See the Northern Lights
  • Witness a solar eclipse
  • Go stargazing
  • Plant a tree
  • Get a pet
  • Go on a blind date
  • Further your education
  • Play a new musical instrument
  • Wind a lucky draw
  • Take up dancing
  • Go on a road trip
  • Live in a different country for at lesast 6 monthsF
  • Create your dream home
  • Tell at least 10 people about your bucket list
  • See cherry blossoms in Japan
  • Organise a picnic outing
  • Do something crazy and completely out of character
  • Fly first class
  • Visit a volcano
  • Fly in a helicopter
  • Fall in love
  • Learn some sign language
  • See the Mona Lisa
  • Go Whale watching
  • Dive with sharks
  • Go on safari
  • Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Route 66
  • Catch the sunset over Uluru
  • Hike up a glacier
  • Go paragliding
  • Visit Walt Disney World
  • Visit Disneyland Calafornia
  • Visit Las Vegas

Look for the Funnier Sides of Life!

Recently, I feel like people should stop taking life too seriously, and laugh more.
I love laughing, letting go and being myself. I don’t care that some people might thing I’m mad, because I don’t like to be boring and reserved, I like to joke around and have fun by letting my hair down!
I have been trying to stop taking things so seriously, and now I don’t even think of some small things!

Tripped over something whilst walking? Feel embarrassed? You aren’t going to die from it and everyone does it, so what the hell! Carry on, and have a laugh!

Someone doesn’t want to be your friend, as you seem a little too energetic and upbeat? Hey, there’s plenty more people that will be friends with you because they love you, for who you are!

This is what I feel about my life.
If I want to do impressions, sing like an idiot and cry with laughter with my friends – that is what I am going to do!

A little random, I know but this is what I have been thinking about recently.
Be happy.
xx