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Kaikoura Coastline - Things to do in New Zealand

Two Years in New Zealand: My Top 10 Experiences

I can’t quite believe it, but I’m writing this blog post on the two year anniversary of us arriving in New Zealand! To mark this milestone, I’ve decided to compile a bit of a visual best of; photos that capture my top 10 New Zealand memories and experiences from the past couple of years. Many of these are destinations that have already featured on the blog, but I’m so behind on my writing that there are several new places I want to shine a spotlight on too. (I promise upcoming posts on all of them!)

I consider New Zealand my adoptive country in many ways, but of course I’m hardly a local. So with that caveat, here are my very favourite New Zealand highlights in no particular order.

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New Zealand Alpine Lavender Farm - Things to do in Mount Cook and Tekapo, New Zealand

5 things to do in Mount Cook and Tekapo

Recently we decided to drop plans for a one-off, whirlwind tour of South Island in favour of multiple, shorter hops across the Cook Strait. I’ve been so remiss with the blog lately that I’ve already got a backlog of several such trips to catch up on! I’m going to strike while this particular iron is hot, though, and share our most recent trip: exploring the Mackenzie District in all its sweeping mountainous glory. Read on for some ideas for things to do in Mount Cook and Tekapo.

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Things to do in Christchurch New Zealand - New Regent Street

One Day in Christchurch – 5 things to do

15 months after arriving in New Zealand, I finally made it to the fabled South Island. It was a quick weekend getaway, just enough time to glimpse the highlights in Christchurch, drive up to Kaikoura and have a morning of whale watching (blog post coming soon) before heading back to catch our return flight.

Here are 5 things we got up to on our flying visit!

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An afternoon in Russell, Bay of Islands

I get such a kick out of the fact that Russell was formerly known as the ‘hell hole of the Pacific.’

I’m sure its unsavoury past fully justified the label, but it’s just so incongruous with the quaint, historic port town as it stands today!

I enjoyed my first visit so much that I jumped at the chance to hop on the ferry and head back to Russell when we returned to Northland last December.

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How to visit the spectacular Waitomo Glowworm Caves

After returning from Australia to New Zealand, we were due to head south towards Wellington almost immediately. But there was one thing on my North Island bucket list that I was itching to check off first:

Waitomo Glowworm Caves.

Though we had caught glimpses of glowworms previously here in New Zealand, we’d never encountered anything close to the magic of Waitomo. Read on for an account of our cave tour experience…

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