Monday, 19 February 2018

A Few Things To Do in Wellington, New Zealand

Views of Wellington, New Zealand

I'm gonna put it out there straight up: I wasn't fussed on Wellington.

Maybe my expectations of New Zealand's capital city were too high. Maybe it had something to do with having just arrived from the South Island on my Christmas/New Year cruise (if you missed my posts on Dunedin & Christchurch, check them out) & the eventual realisation that it + all its delights had my heart firmly in its grasp. Maybe it was the fact that Wellington felt like another big city to me. Maybe it was the fact that it reminded me a little of Sydney. Whatever it was, I came away from Wellington with an un-shakeable feeling of underwhelm.

(Side note: Having now been to all 4 major cities of New Zealand - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin - plus having seen other areas of both the North & South Islands in between, I have to say the South Island wins for me. That's not to say I'll never visit the North Island again - Auckland's still on my travel bucket list for a reason - I guess I've just made up my mind about which island I prefer, that's all.)

Monday, 12 February 2018

How I Spent 4 Hours in Christchurch, New Zealand

Hola mi amigas!

Today I'm going to chat about a day trip to Christchurch that I went on during my Christmas/New Year cruise. Although the ship actually docked an hour and a half away (by coach) in Akaroa, the trip inland to Christchurch was definitely worth it as we travelled up & down steep & winding roads that encompassed mountains, lakes & overall gorgeous scenery.

Akaroa scenery

Monday, 5 February 2018

The Monthly Happy List (January)

Hola mi amigas & happy Monday! I hope your weekends were fine & dandy.

So with the first month of 2018 down, I'd like to ask: how are you all doing? Are you still in holiday mode, or are you firing on all cylinders? Or are you like me & somewhere in between?

Having arrived home from my Christmas/New Year break to neighbours who all of a sudden decided to dial up their collective levels of a-hole-ness, needless to say January made me want another holiday to escape from it all. Things have thankfully died down now that people are back at work & children are back at school, but our nights haven't always been pleasant & peaceful. We've been woken up by idiots loudly talking, or whooping it up in their pool, or letting off firecrackers outside my bedroom window when I'm trying to sleep. Charming right?

But enough of my ranting, let's get to the good stuff because, believe it or not, there was some good that came out of January:

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Shopping Cart (Antipodes Edition)

It's that time of the month not that one...the one where I round up all my purchases for your voyeuristic pleasure & tell you about each & every one of them.

As always, any sales or links mentioned in this post are correct at the time of publishing. If for any reason the sales are no longer happening or the links are broken by the time you read this post, then I can not & will not be held responsible.

I'm calling this edition of the Shopping Cart the "Antipodes Edition" as (a) most of these products are from Australian or New Zealand brands (save for a couple of items) & (b) most of these were purchased whilst away on my Christmas/New Year cruise (you can read about it here), although I have included a couple of items I legit purchased either the day before or the day of my cruise.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Photo Diary: Street Art in Dunedin, New Zealand

Hola mi amigas & happy Monday! Hope your weekends (or long weekends, if you live in Australia - happy belated Australia Day!) were good.

Today's post is yet another photo diary, this time involving my day visit to Dunedin in New Zealand.

Dunedin was the first proper New Zealand port (I'm not counting all the Sounds as we just sailed through them) we arrived in on my Christmas/New Year cruise & having been to Dunedin previously & not thought much of it (it's a fairly sleepy kind of place, not to mention it can be pretty chilly, even in summer - think San Francisco weather), I was keen to see it through another angle. Just prior to leaving Australia, I found out about Dunedin having a street art scene of sorts; and having been keen on street art since visiting Berlin back in 2016, I knew this would be a perfect way to occupy my time. If you want more information about Dunedin's street art trail, visit their website. They have a map which you can download to your device, which came in extremely handy during my visit.