New Zealand

Hobbiton Movie Set & Waitomo Caves

Guest Blogger: Marie Barry

Whether you are a Lord of the Rings fan or not, I would highly recommend a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set. Situated in Matamata in the North Island, the rolling hills of the Alexander Farm are where you will find thirty-nine Hobbit holes in The Shire, which features in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. (more…)

Zip-lining and Maori Culture in Rotorua

Blogger: Marie Barry

Rotorua is one of the must see towns in New Zealand’s North Island.  Situated in the heart of North Island it is an area steeped in Maori Culture and geothermal activity.  You can’t travel far without coming across a geyser, shooting steam and hot water into the air, or indeed the lingering smell of sulphur that surrounds the area. (more…)

Coromandel Peninsula

Blogger: Marie Barry

Coromandel is a peninsula situated east of Auckland in the North Island, New Zealand.  In order to explore it properly we took two days to drive around it, staying overnight in Coromandal Town itself.  It’s a beautiful part of New Zealand to visit, and is best known for costal mountain views, hidden waterfalls, and pretty beaches.  We also found that everywhere we went, the residents had very creative post boxes, each one more intriguing than then next, and we made a habit of stopping to admire some of the more inventive ones as we drove along.

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Traveling around New Zealand with Jucy Josephine

Blogger: Marie Barry

New Zealand is such an an exciting country to visit, full of routes and treks that take you off the beaten track, and take you to some beautiful and breathtaking places.  In order to make the most of what New Zealand has to offer, and to be truly free and independent, hiring a camper van is the way to go.  That’s why we chose to travel with Jucy Josephine, our green and purple friend, which we rented from Jucy van rental. (more…)

Wanaka

Blogger: Fiona

One of the most beautiful stops on my trip around New Zealand was at Wanaka. Nestled between Lake Wanaka and Lake Haewa the town is picture perfect. The main rival to the adventure capital Queenstown, the difference here are the family run businesses. The locals here want to help you out.  (more…)

TranzAlpine railway

Blogger: Fiona

The TranzAlpine railway in New Zealand’s South Island is regarded as one of the best rail journeys in the world. Taking just 4 and a half hours to transverse the country from the Pacific Ocean at Christchurch to the Tasman Sea at Greymouth, it travels through a variety of scenery. (more…)

Taupo, New Zealand

Blogger: Fiona 

Taupo sits on the edge of the postcard perfect Lake Taupo. The home of adrenaline pumping activities on New Zealand’s North Island, it’s a necessary stop for the more adventurous traveller. Whilst Taupo may not be home to the highest or most dramatic skydives or bungee jumps, they’re certainly the cheapest. (more…)