Paihia is a medium sized holiday town about 230 kms, and three and a half hours, north of Auckland. I visited Paihia, also known as the Jewel of the Bay of Islands in August, which is winter in New Zealand – which was probably a mistake. Why visit Paihia? Paihia is an interesting little town […]

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Whangarei Accommodation Greetings from Whangarei Northland, its August 2015. I’m in the car with Vanessa from Germany and Thea from the US, two ladies from the hostel. Last night we stayed just outside Whangarei, accommodation was easy to find. We stayed in YHA Whangarei Falls, a traditional Kiwi backpacker style hostel. The hostel itself is […]

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Here I am in Whitanga, its mid August and I’m enjoying some lovely weather and an ice cream cone. On my way from (city name) to (City name) I was looking for a pie and stumbled across Whitanga. Accommodation was not a priority, but I didn’t feel like driving anymore so I made this home […]

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The best thing about this place? The beach. We even paced it out, about 200 steps away, but who’s counting? We know it’s August, but we don’t know specifics cause we’re on holiday, we’re at the Surf & Stay in Whangamata. I thought my rainy adventure was over, until I stumbled upon Whangamata where I […]

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Prince Albert, Nelson I’m here with “Bob Gato” a guy from my hostel who is hitchhiking across the country, heading South. It’s a beautiful day in the middle of July in the middle of New Zealand. We’re in Nelson, which is also the sunniest part of New Zealand. We’ve learned you should be careful here, […]

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We enjoyed our one night, rolling visit through Hanmer Springs. It was sort of a couple’s town, so we’re glad we had each other. We enjoyed the bar scene, went to a few bars and pubs with live music and a large crowd of about eight people. Why do people come to Hanmer Springs? There […]

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It’s a Wednesday in Lake Takapo, and I haven’t seen much yet but so far its very beautiful. Come for the hot springs, the ice skating, the skiing (when it’s the season) come for the hikes, to see the church in front of the lake view. Apparently its absolutely stunning at sunrise, if you’re ambitious […]

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It’s May the 5th, were on our way out of Oamaru where we spent two nights at the YHA Oamaru Backpackers. We stayed here with Sandy and her dog Shadow. They had a cat too. Overall we were very pleased with our Oamaru accommodation. We flipped a coin in Dunedin deciding whether we’d head North […]

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Dunedin is the second largest city on the south island and the seventh largest city in New Zealand. So whats the first thing you need to get organised in Dunedin? Accommodation. It was May 2015 when we visited and and stayed at Manor House Backpackers. Why would you visit Dunedin? Mainly, people come to Dunedin […]

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