new zealand

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..

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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..

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

Youtube: Franz Josef Glacier, NZ!

Here is my video of my trip to the Franz Josef Glaciers in New Zealand. This was one of the most amazing days and experiences that I had in New Zealand and would love to do it all over again in an instance!

Zoe
xx

Hobbiton Footage!

It turns out that I have only got a small amount of footage from Hobbiton, so I just combined everything into this one video!

I will be posting more New Zealand footage up this week, and already have some Australia ones up so check them out at: youtube.com/nuggetstumpblog!

Enjoy!
Zoe
xx

How I Calm my Anxiety

*This is a post from when I was travelling, with a few added recent comments.

Recently, I have had to find ways on how to calm my anxiety down. I have been getting anxiety a lot more often, so I started to look up natural ways on how to slow this down!
I know that at the doctors, they can help you with either therapy or anti-depressants but I can’t exactly afford therapy whilst I’m travelling as it will cost me a fortune and I do not want to go on Anti-Depressants as people become too reliant on them and I’m scared that they could make you go crazy haha!

ESSENTIAL OILS?
But anyway, I looked into things like breathing exercises although I feel that these don’t really work on me yet. I would probably need a lot more practice at this? But, I found an article on Essential Oils that can really help you calm down and you can use them in so many different ways!
I decided to get an Essential Oil from Dolphin Clinic, as that’s all I could seem to find in Auckland for a reasonable price! I opted for the ‘Pulse’ one which has a blend of Orange and Ylang Ylang. This has worked great for me
You can use this in so many different ways, you can vaporise it and inhale, simply inhale from the bottle, use as a massage oil, blend together with a natural non-fragranced moisturiser, make your sheets smell great by putting a bit of the oil onto a wash cloth and placing it into the tumble dryer or like I use it, I place some oil onto cotton wool before I go to bed, and place these inside my pillow case and I feel like it really helps me to calm down!
WARNING: Do not put some oils straight onto a pillow case, as I found out the horrid way, some of the oils are clear. So this left a horrid yellow blob on my hostel pillow – which I don’t think housekeeping will be too happy about..

RECENT COMMENTS: I have still been loving Essential Oils whilst still on the waiting list for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Even today I have purchased more, I have bought Ylang Ylang and a bottle of Bergamot and have turned them into Room Sprays and Body Sprays. I put 100ml water into a spray bottle and have put in 20 drops Ylang Ylang and 10 drops of Bergamot and it smells incredible! Soothing but also Uplifting!
I have also made up one solution of purely 30 drops of Ylang Ylang which smells incredible at the moment! I am going to be creating lotions tomorrow and I’ll keep you posted on how that goes too! At least I can carry some lotions around with me on the go and use the sprays for a long lasting scent!
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RESCUE REMEDY?

I have also found that whilst I’m on the go, I can’t exactly just whap out my essential oils and start sniffing away! My friend told me about the Bach ‘Rescue’ range – they make Rescue Remedy spray, drops (that you can put into drinks or simply put onto the tongue) and they make Pastilles that you can chew on. These contains a certain type of blend that really helps to calm you down (I WILL LOOK THIS UP AGAIN, OF COURSE). I have only tried the one so far, but I feel like it actually helped me, but hey, it was my first time using it! I will try them again when I get pretty stressed out and I will get back to you. These are also natural, so they aren’t bad for you! I just find that it’s a lot better to possibly try the natural methods first, before jumping into Anti-Depressants and other medication to calm you down!

DAY-TO-DAY TASKS AND HOBBIES?
I feel like you should try to go about doing what you really enjoy in life, if it’s doing a sport, exercising, walking or listening to music – I feel that doing the things that you enjoy can calm you down, especially if it’s exercise!
I feel like reading is a very good way to calm myself down. I tend to find a quiet corner and settle down with my book, or even head to the library. I know that everybody is different though, but this is one of my calming methods that I have found that works for me.

LINKS TO PRODUCTS
I will post some links to these products underneath, and if I re-find the articles that really helped me I will post them too!

LINKS:

BACH RESCUE REMEDY: CLICK
DOLPHIN CLINIC ESSENTIAL OILS: CLICK
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS: CLICK
HOLLAND AND BARRETT (UK ESSENTIAL OILS) YLANG YLANG: CLICK

Keep your eyes peeled for some posts on Aromatherapy and what I am starting to put together, soon!
Zoe
xx

VLOG: New Zealand Pt. 1

I have finally got my hard drive working again and have put together a short video of some New Zealand footage I have! Expect a few video this week as I have so much footage from NZ, and I’ll be doing a separate video for Hobbiton and Franz Josef probably!

Enjoy!
More over at youtube.com/nuggetstumpblog
xx