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.
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!
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!
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.
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…