One year in New Zealand!

(That’s right – finally catching up!) Last time we updated, Rob had just started work and I was settling us into our new flat before starting the job search. It took a while longer for me to find a teaching job than we had initially anticipated, and I knew I would need to save the…

Napier: Art Deco and Wine

The east coast of the North Island is not somewhere we had been before, so I was excited to visit somewhere totally new, somewhere that was famous for embracing it’s vintage style, thanks to the Art Deco rebuild following the 1931 earthquake, and for the amazing weather that helped make it one of the top…

Hobbiton Evening Tour

Hobbiton! My husband knows me so well! For my 29th birthday I got a beautifully drawn IOU for a trip to the Hobbiton Movie Tour Set in Matamata, New Zealand. I pretty much immediately got on their website and asked whether my IOU was valid for the slightly (quite a bit) pricier and fancier evening tour, that…

Rotorua and the Road to Hobbiton

Despite its stink, we really like Rotorua. It stood out as being such a friendly place on our last trip, and we knew that the Central Backpackers would be a nice relaxing stop to get over our jetlag and adjust to the kiwi weather! The family that own the hostel are so welcoming, and it…

Arriving in New Zealand

We’d left the UK armed with a binder full of evidence to support our Working Holiday Visa, which I would still recommend to anyone doing the same. Like most people I have spoken to though, we wizzed through immigration/security without even a stamp thanks to our electronic passports! That proved to be a bit of…