Category: New Zealand

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How to Dine for Free in New Zealand

Budget travellers have to make sacrifices to fulfil their dream of world travel. When saving for your trip you’ll have to forgo that daily coffee, eating out, the latest phone and so on. Once you finally have enough to begin your trip it is necessary to budget carefully on the road too. Eating and drinking…




View from Bob's Peak, Queenstown

How to do Queenstown on a Budget

Situated south of the south island in New Zealand, Queenstown is a small town of around 15,000 people. Huddled at the foot of Ben Lomond, surrounded by mountains and Lake Waikato, it’s not hard to see why it is so popular with tourists and backpackers. Queenstown’s population swells to more than twice its usual occupancy…




Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch: Then and Now

Four years ago I travelled to Christchurch with Noel, a fast walking, fast talking Irishman from Cavan, and Ian, a lanky, slow-ambling Californian. I had met them working on the Thornton overpass in Wellington. We had been working there for months, high up and exposed to the elements, demolishing and removing rusty old crash barriers…




New Zealand: 10 Things I Hate About You

Perhaps this article should be called ‘NZ, Ten Things I Find a Bit Irritating About You.’ But that wouldn’t be paraphrasing the title of a popular movie so I’ll leave it as is… Hate does seem a little strong given that I’ve spent the guts of two years travelling in the country and obviously, for…




Epic NZ Road Trip – Part 2

I have previously lamented that New Zealand has rather draconian laws regarding freedom camping. One can receive hefty instant fines of $200 for camping in an undesignated area. And I have yet to see an area that is designated. Having said that, though not strictly freedom camping, there are a some spots that are not only free but…




Surfing, Raglan

Epic Road Trip NZ – Part 1

The plan was to head to Raglan with Jono and Nick, hang out with them for as long as they wished to stay, and for me to get a much needed job there. Jono would then chauffeur Nick around the rest of the island for the remainder of his vacation, and that would be that….




Raglan, Best Surfing Town in NZ?

Raglan wasn’t on my radar, in fact I had never even heard of it. Jono, Nick and I wanted to try our hand at surfing and Jono had heard that Raglan was a good place to do it. Nick is a new addition to our squad, Jono’s mate from back in Vancouver. We were also…




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Cape Reinga and Giant Te Paki Dunes

Cape Reinga is not quite the most northern point of New Zealand, North Cape’s Surville Cliffs hold this title by a smidgen, but it can lay claim to where an ocean and a sea meet, namely the Pacific and the Tasmin. Jono and I took turns driving there, three hours north of Paihia. They say…




Paihia and Russell (Bay of Islands)

A week after arriving in Paihia on a rain-soaked, blustery night to find that there was no room in the inn, so to speak, I’m still here. I’ve had some luck with the hostel situation, managing to stay at Base Backpackers every night since my first, despite requiring others’ cancellations to do so. Incredibly this…




A Random Act of Kindness

Well here I am again, on the road. And no sooner have I left the safe confines I had established in Auckland, than I run into a barrage of difficulties. This is a common theme for me when travelling; most of these problems could and should be avoided, but I’m far too lackadaisical. I tend…