6 Things to Do in the Wairarapa

We’ve lived in the Wairarapa for five months now (with a roadie in the middle to explore the North Island). It was an unintentional move, brought on entirely by the COVID-19 lock down that was implemented in New Zealand in…

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A Day on the Farm at Totara Downs

The lovely people we are staying with in Carterton have extended family in Wainuiomata. Their sprawling farm is nestled into a valley and goes by the name of Totara Downs, just hidden away from the busy Wellington harbour. Close enough…

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Fensham Reserve Hike

Fensham Reserve is a 48-hectare protected region on the outskirts of Carterton. There’s one main loop track that circuits the area, with a few extra tracks going off from the main route. Community work is underway to enlist walkers and…

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Visiting Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre

One of our final bucket list things to do in New Zealand was to spot a real-life actual kiwi! Kiwis are the national icon of New Zealand, as well as what we call New Zealanders and that delicious hairy green…

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Sunset at Mount Dick

We’ve been living in Carterton since early April when it was initially announced that New Zealand would go into COVID-19 lock down. We have come and gone, completing a massive two month roadie around the North Island when it was…

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How I Plan All My Travels

I’m the type of traveler who, when they get to a new country or city, likes to do absolutely everything possible. Every UNESCO site, every famous attraction, every hike, every not-so-famous attraction… everything. I travel with the mindset that I…

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How to Choose a Good Hostel

I’ve been backpacking (and did a bit of van life-ing, too) for the past nineteen months through seven countries. Throughout this time, I’ve been staying in hostels; in fact, in 2019, I lived exclusively in hostels! From Australia to New…

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What to Bring on a Hike

Hiking is my favourite activity, no matter where I am in the world. I consistently find that hiking brings a sense of joy, clarity, excitement and discovery. It’s such a great way to get out and feel good about your body,…

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