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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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20 awesome things to do in Wellington

A few months ago marked our one year anniversary of living here in lovely Wellington.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a local yet but I have come to feel at home in this city and seen more of its tourist offerings than any other part of New Zealand. And most parts of the world, come to think of it!

So today I’m going to put my knowledge of the coolest little capital in the world to good use. Read on for my list of top things to do in Wellington, including plenty that are 100% free!

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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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New Zealand North Island Itinerary

Rolling hills, stunning coastlines, geothermal marvels and hobbit holes – New Zealand’s North Island has it all. Whether you’re planning a road trip or a flying visit, I’ve drawn on our 5 months on the road here to bring you my highlights for the absolute best places to visit. Read on for my ultimate New Zealand North Island Itinerary!

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Things to do - Tauranga New Zealand

3 things to do in Tauranga

After acquiring a housesitting placement for the first time, we headed east from Auckland to Tauranga. We felt much more at home than we had during our workaways and consequently stopped being tourists for a while! There were some little adventures, though, so continuing my run of “places we saw a little of, but not enough to warrant a long narrative”, here’s 3 things to do in Tauranga, New Zealand…

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