A Day Trip to Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs is a sweet little town inland from the South Island’s east coast between Christchurch and Kaikoura. It’s the perfect spot for a day trip from either of these coastal spots complete with a winding mountain drive. How to…

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Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura

One of the most popular things to do in Kaikoura and one of the main reasons tourists continue to flock here is for the dolphin encounter. A fully immersive experience, you have the chance to get up close and personal…

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Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

Kaikoura, being a tiny town of just 2150, emits very little light pollution, meaning the night sky here is spectacular. Best viewed over the ocean, you can see hundreds of twinkling stars and constellations. Once a year, Halley’s Comet spawns…

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A Kaikoura Sunset

I am traveling around New Zealand, originally on a three month tourist visa and now on a twenty-three month working holiday visa. My first extended stop has been in Kaikoura, a tiny seaside town of just 3500 people situated on…

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Applying for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

I arrived in New Zealand in the middle of February with high expectations. A country I had dreamed about visiting for a decade proved to be everything I had hoped it would be. I spent my first month in New Zealand…

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Backpacking New Zealand’s South Island

I spent six weeks backpacking Australia before bad weather prevented me from continuing so I decided to seize the opportunity I had been granted and booked a cheap flight to Australia’s smaller neighbour: New Zealand. I have dreamed of visiting…

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