Aotearoa

Central Park
Blue Blue Waters
Ben & Jerry's
Lake Taupo
Mission Bay Beach
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Motorua Island
Owhiro Bay
Central Park
Blue Blue Waters
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Lake Taupo
Mission Bay Beach
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Motorua Island
Owhiro Bay

I up and left

Move To the other side of the globe

New Zealand

The land of the long cloud

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their lush green landscape

protruding mountains

and blue blue waters

were calling me

sounds like paradise on earth

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aged 22

I spent 8 months there 

with a working holiday visa 

 

At first I spent a month travelling the North

auckland, paihia & taupo

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once i hit wellington

i settled down for the summer 

and lived in a shack 

for 5 months

 

after i went road tripping round the south

Three weeks in a camper

with my mum & gran

 

i Attended Womad Festival 2019

 

And Ended my trip kiwi picking 

and packing in Tauranga

south island

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picton

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nelson

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abel tasman

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punakiki

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hokitika

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franz joseph

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wanaka

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queenstown

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dunedin

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christchurch

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kaikoura

north island

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auckland

 

paihia

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taupo

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wellington

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turangi

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rotorua

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Matamata

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waitomo

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new plymouth

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Tauranga

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a year away

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I'm Moving Away!

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A whole year in New Zealand.

I can't blooming wait to hit the road again.

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I've heard so many magical thing about New Zealand,

its magnificent landscapes

all the fun activities

the wildlife

its sustainable outlook 

and blue waters

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what more could you want

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pre trip prep

What to pack

maps me

I literally rank on about maps me all the time 

it's the best

and offline app you can use anytime or place

just download the area your travelling to

and their you have it

you can add tags to places you've visited

spots you've been recommended

places you wanna go

or even where you parked your vehicle

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hostelworld

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lightroom

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new zealand apps

 

campermate

ola / uber

uber eats

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apps

The hardest part about going away is knowing what on earth to pack!

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A year,

that's a pretty long time.

I've only every been away for weekends or weeks,

a few months,

never a year.

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I'm going to be there for 4 seasons,

doing tonnes of activities.

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How on earth do I pack all that into a 60L rucksack.

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Let alone photography gear

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Let's break it down,

New Zealand has a similar climate to England.

It's going to be spring, summer, autumn and winter.

I'm going to be lounging on the beach,

kayaking in the sea,

dancing in clubs,

chilling at the park,

going bungee jumping,

climbing trees,

sleeping rough,

working on farms,

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oh man now I'm even more lost than I was at the start.

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Lets make a list

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handbag

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phone

sustainable case 

headphones

charging block

a life saver

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purse

passport

travel documents

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lip balm

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sunglasses

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book

speaker

playing cards

notepad & pen

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reusable cutlery

metal water bottle

reusable coffee cup

a tote bag

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a watch

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snacks

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toiletries

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bamboo toothbrush

toothpaste

flannel

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deodorant

face sponge

soap bar

shampoo bar

brush / comb

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coconut oil

suncream

aloe vera gel

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cotton hair bands

hair grips

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tweezers

metal razor

scissors

metal nail file

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eye mask

ear buds

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plasters

ibuprofen

menstrual cup

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make up

jewellery

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medicine

mosquito repellent

i find citronella oil to be the best

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clothing

 

underwear for a week or two

put them in a separate bag so you always know where your clean undies are if you have any

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trainer socks

walking socks

 

sports bra

sports top

leggings

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5 tees

dress / jumpsuit

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shorts / skirt

baggy trousers

jeans

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overshirt

hoodie

jacket

raincoat

 

bikini

swimsuit

micro fibre towel

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a baggy pyjama tee or two

fluffy socks

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flip flops

sandals

trainers

boots

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misc

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laptop

hardrive

camera

gopro

a must have

 

multi plug adapter

charging wires

 

neck pillow

torch

gardeing gloves

if your woofing its nice to have your own clean gloves 

dry sack

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dr bronners soap bar

an all round great soap, especially for washing undies in the sink

laundry bag

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Wax Food Wraps

Hessian Bags

Bamboo Tray

Bamboo Cup

north island

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new Zealand's north island is known for its

volcanic activity, national parks and cosmopolitan cities

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home to nz's largest city Auckland

and it's capital Wellington

 

holding roughly 3/4 of new Zealand population

estimated around 3,750,000 people

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I've travelled to a few spots on the North Island

Hopping about on the intercity bus line

here are some of my favourite spots

and the best joints in town

north island

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auckland

 

paihia

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taupo

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wellington

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turangi

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rotorua

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Tauranga

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auckland

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Lord Of The Fries

FAST FOOD

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Plant Based Fast Food

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An award winning ethical fast food restaurant. With restaurants all over Australia and New Zealand. First starting in 2004.

 

A range of burgers, hotdogs, chips, nuggets, onion rings breakfast muffin and milkshakes. Locally sourced food inspired by international flavours. All drizzled in home-made sauces.

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100% pant based

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My favourite is the HSP.

Which is chips, soy strips, cheese, garlic hummus, bbq sauce and sriracha.

 

Delicious!

well & good

coffee & Cake

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The best raw peanut butter cake slice ever

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A super cute cafe

very rustic design

with paint peeling off

and raw brick showing

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Great coffee &

lots of raw treats

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The owner is super lovely too

scarecrow

Deli & Restaurant

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They also sell organic fruit & veg

 

Also ethical and sustainable products

including chocolate, teas, metal straws, tote bags, etc

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Just next to Albert park, pretty smack bang in the centre

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Super nice inside

and a huge selection of food

including  vegan options

 

the Mushroom and hummus sandwich was delicious

ben & jerry's

Ice Cream Shop

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ben & jerry's shop. i did not know these existed

England we're slacking

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Located on mission bay beach front

 

so many flavours available

in a cone, tub or varieties of thick shakes

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Vegan options available

unfortunately not too many

hopefully they will expand their range

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perfect for a hot summers day spent cleaning the beach

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My favourite is the peanut butter cookie!

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The also do ice cream cakes that look amazing

goodfor wholefood refillery

A package free shop

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Just next to a huge countdown in Ponsonby

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Grab all sorts of spices, cereals, nuts, seeds, oils

and lots of other cooking essentials

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Plastic and waste free

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The have a great array of pre made mueslis

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Also dark chocolate dipped strawberries

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You can grab some tools to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle, such as hessian bags, bamboo cutlery, keep cups, etc

national art gallery

art gallery

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I love a good art gallery

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Especially one as diverse as this

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So many interesting exhibitions on

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My favourite was 100 women,

an exhibition about women coming together

and being there for one another

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They also had a fun interactive section

at the end where you got to make your

own cardboard house out of scraps

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Perfect for all those big kids out there like me

Gotta love a craft session

albert park

park

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My favourite place in Auckland

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The absolute best tree climbing spots in town

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Spent many an hour chilling in the trees

listening to music and 

making new friends

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It's also right next to the art gallery

Has waterfalls and statues to gaze at

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A spot for a picnic

Odyssey Maze

sensory maze

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A must do!

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The best thing ever

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13 different sensory rooms

making up a huge maze

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a really fun experience for all

lots of stuff to play

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$27

including fractale shades

waiheke

island

island

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Just a short ferry ride form Auckland harbour

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This rather big island has some lovely beaches to visit

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Tones of winery's, cafes and bars

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A great day trip out

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Make sure you grab a great spot to catch the sunset

mission bay beach

beach

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Just a short bus ride outta the

city centre along the coast

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A nice spots to chill on the sand

and look out over the islands

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There's also a huge park right next to it

that you can play and lounge in

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The best part is that it has a Ben & Jerrys store 

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Here is where we got involved

with Jam Jar Beach Clean

and had a clear up

haka lodge

hostel

  

Haka lodge is a great hostel

situated on k road in aucklanA

just outta the centre

but on a great road

with lots of cafes, restaurants, bar, shopping, etc

my favourite spot in Auckland 

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super comfy beds with curtains for privacy

big lockers, lamps and chargers on each bed

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they also do their bit to try and be sustainable

with composting, recycling, toilet water reuse

and a few more

paihia

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orange frog

LUNCH

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This hippie shack is not what I expected to find here

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A great selection of veggie food

and raw cakes

also sustainable bits and bobs

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And some great typically hippie wall hangings and decor

 

However it's only open during lunchtime 

pizza shack

DINDINS

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A decent selection of vegan options

with vegan cheese available

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Very scrummy pizzas

right in the centre of the town

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Unfortunately there are not really any

vegan options in Paihia

but this is a great spot

especially when your travelling

and meet non vegan friends

and they aren't too up for going to an all vegan spot

penguins

I saw a penguin

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What the heck

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I did not expect to see this

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A wild penguin chilling in the rocks

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Quite a funny story

me and my mate were watching the stars

when we heard this awful screeching

we were so shocked an surprised

until someone said it was a penguin

calling to it's mates

i knew then we had to catch a glimpse of them

we sat for hours listening to them

in the hopes to see one

and we did

they just popped out of the water and

ran into the rocks below us

it was amazing

rocky beach

I love rocks

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Lots of little pools of water and beautiful oysters

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A great view of all the bays

and all it's tiny islands

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lots of birdies settle here

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Be careful though

make sure you have some good ol beach shoes

as I ended up cutting up my feet

and was bed ridden for a few days

beach bay hire

kayak shack

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One of my favourite pass time activities is kayaking

 

Especially when on the sea having getting to explore new islands

 

Cruising through the rocks, parking up on derelict islands

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Just hanging out in the middle of the ocean

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Watching the seals swim around you

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Listening to the sound of the waves

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Soaking up all the sun

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Beach Bay Hire in Paihia are so nice and helpful

dolphin tour

boat tour

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I'm not usually one for tours, but looking into this one, I just had to go

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I absolutely love dolphins, so beautiful, intelligent and playful

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We only watched from a distance and let the chill in the sea

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The tour also explored all of the bays of island,

telling us all about it's history 

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We got to see seal rock, 

the most northern rock in New Zealand,

and it was covered in seals

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Seals are my childhood favourite animals

I love them so much,

so chubby and cute, 

gliding the the water

haka lodge

hostel

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i again stayed in a haka lodge

it was just as good as the last one

except this one had an amzing view of the harbour

the sunsets were amazing

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right in the centre of paihia

everything on your door step

a huge social lounge

and great window lounging

taupo

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lake taupo

Lake

  

lake Taupo is the largest lake in new Zealand

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it is also the largest volcano in new Zealand

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to get an idea of its size

just imagine that 

you could fit Singapore inside it

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due to it being a volcanic lake

it is a fresh water lake

meaning you can drink straight from it

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it is super beautiful and definitely worth checking out 

Huka Falls

river

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A hot spot for tourists on the north island

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These beautiful falls are a must see

 

So much water rushing through every second

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Watch skilled kayaker tackle this

white water and move down the river

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This spot is where they shot the barrel scene

in the second Hobbit film

sail fearless

sail boat tour

  

definitely worth doing

you get to take a tour of the lake

2h30m long

 

when i went the lake was like glass

so clear and still

it was incredible

 

this gives you a great view of taupo and

it's surrounding villages and volcanos

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they take you to the moari rock carvings

which are very impressive and detailed

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$29 for the 9am tour 

de brett hot pools

swimming pool

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a lovely spot to relax

especially after a long day of hiking and activities

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a few hot pools

as well as some slide

and a pirate boat

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be warned the slides a re super fast

i loved it

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$27

haka lodge

hostel

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My third Haka Lodge 

 

And by far this one has to be the best

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A hot tub!

I had no idea their was going to be a hot tub,

the best surprise, so nice to chill and

watch the starts in a bubbling pool

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again a great location right next to the centre

rotorua

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redwoods

forest

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a humungous forest

just outside Rotorua

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fun to wonder around looking at all the huge trees

we did the green track

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and also the tree top walk

for $29

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which was amazing

kerosene creek

hot spring

  

 

a lovely little stream

nice an warm

due to the geothermal activity

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a very nice spot to visit 

and relax for a while

mud pools

bubbling mud pools

  

definitely worth the visit

totally free

just drive up and pop out

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such a strange thing

literally mud bubbling up

very cool to witness 

turangi

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white water rafting

rafting

 

one of the best things I've done it new Zealand

2h30m on the river

 

a blooming good laugh

 

so so much fun

I've been dying to go white water rafting for years

and i finally did it

 

i did it with rafting new Zealand

for $145

bay of plenty

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the nourished eatery

cafe

  

was not expecting this

the nicest little cafe in the centre of Tauranga

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lots of yummy food

including cakes, burgers, raw slices & coffee

 

i literally went here every other day

 

great wifi so just chilled and ate a lot of food

whilst working on this blog

 

the owner is so inspiring too

and the have the drooliest cook book 

wild earth organics

cafe & store

  

a very hippie establishment

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lots of yummy vegan snacks and salads

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also tonnes of everyday bits and bobs

veg, pasta, frozen things

all that organic shop jazz

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great iced lattes too 

mount maunganui

 mount

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a 30m-1h hike up

but well worth it

360 view

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blue penguins settle in the rocks at the back

the sunset is unreal

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definitely a must do when in the area

te rerekawau

waterfall

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a beautiful little waterfall just outside Tauranga

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a short hike around it

lots of stairs though

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unfortunately you cannot swim here due to contamination

but still super beautiful to look at

hot pools

swimming pool

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so so nice

a very warm pool

two hot tubs

and a cooler pool

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the perfect relax after a long shift at work

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a great mess around too

WELLINGTON

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Wellington is New Zealand's Capital City

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Not the biggest city

But definitely the most cultural

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Situated at the bottom of the North Island

Smack bang in the middle of New Zealand

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It has everything,

a harbour, the beach, a mountain,

botanical gardens, an eco-sanctuary,

a huge museum, the coolest street,

thrift shops, vegan food.

and much much more.

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It's catchy nickname Windy Welly,

is oh so true with those southern winds blowing

you all over the place throughout the year

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it has a rough population of 411,000 people

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I lived here for 5 months over the summer of 2018-19

it really did become my home

a great network of lovely people

lots of fun events, music an art

so many great markets, with lots of great food

City guide

wellington

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vegan foodie

 

free stuff

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shopping

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social places

Vegan foodie

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Fix & Fogg

BRUNCH

 

Peanut Butter Goodness!

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Looking for a delicious heartfelt breakfast,

Fix & Fogg has you sorted.

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This quaint little business was started in 2013 by two lawyers who were sick and tired of their 9-5s and wanted more out of life. 

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Their peanut butter is made in wellington using steal cut process with no nasties just well sourced ingredients and local ethical produce.

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Visit their store on Eva Street for all your peanut butter needs. PB on toast, porridge, smoothie bowls and specials each week. Try out all their innovative and delicious flavours.

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The best way to start your day!

Sweet Release

BRUNCH

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Vegan Bakery & Cafe

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Sweet Release was the sweet release that owner Kirsten had from her radiation therapy back in 2012. 

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Situated on Willis Street, their cafe is a great spot for lunch.

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I grabbed their mac'n'cheese, it's was incredible. They even make their own homemade 'facon' which is super smokey and crispy, so so good.

 

They also make bagels, salads, nachos, sweet treats, hot chocolates and thickshakes.

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I'm a sucker for a snickers shake!

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They also run the monthly 'Vegan Vault' market.

Boquita

DINDINS

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Plant Based Mexican Food 

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Tacos, salads, soups, sides, desserts, wines, beers & cocktails.

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Delicious, easy going, organic, plant based meals.

 

Fresh, local, well sourced ingredients.

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100% pant based

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Located On Kent Terrace this place is super cute.

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Create your own meals with a great choice of meals, mix and match tacos to try a bit of everything.

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The peanut empanada was insane, always wanted to try one of these and was better than I imagined!

Aunty mena's

DINDINS

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Vegan Asian Cusine

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Located on Cuba Street

 

This restaurant serves all the best vegan asian dishes. 

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Not the healthiest of spots, but a nice cheap eat out.

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They serve mock meats, such as chicken, prawn and duck.

Also tofu, seitan, veg balls and coconut rice.

Spring rolls, steam buns, satay, wonton and dumplings.

All the good stuff.

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The Laksa is heaven in a bowl!

LAundry

BAR & RESTAURANT

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Plant Based Fast Food

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An award winning ethical fast food restaurant. With restaurants all over Australia and New Zealand. First starting in 2004.

 

A range of burgers, hotdogs, chips, nuggets, onion rings breakfast muffin and milkshakes. Locally sourced food inspired by international flavours. All drizzled in home-made sauces.

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100% pant based

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They just opened up a store here in Wellington on Cuba Street 

 

My favourite is the HSP. Which is chips, soy strips, cheese, garlic hummus, bbq sauce and sriracha.

 

Delicious!

hells pizza

TAKE OUT

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The Gnarliest Pizzas' In Town.

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Located at the very top of Cuba Street

 

This pizza chain runs all over New Zealand 

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Serving up all kinds of hell themed pizzas.

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Super quirky and interesting,

a great take on a classic dish,

super delicious,

with lots of vegan options

and you can also make your own up.

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The Damned Is Me Fav!

Lord Of The Fries

FAST FOOD

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Plant Based Fast Food

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An award winning ethical fast food restaurant. With restaurants all over Australia and New Zealand. First starting in 2004.

 

A range of burgers, hotdogs, chips, nuggets, onion rings breakfast muffin and milkshakes. Locally sourced food inspired by international flavours. All drizzled in home-made sauces.

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100% pant based

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My favourite is the HSP.

Which is chips, soy strips, cheese, garlic hummus, bbq sauce and sriracha.

 

Delicious!

Plant blazed

BURGER VAN

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100% Plant Based

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A light yellow food truck hidden just off of Cuba Street

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So many different kinds of burgers to choose from

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great to see burley biker men making a difference

and influencing change

showing that everyone can be compassionate

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I got the Howlin' Wolf

- Southern Fried Seitan with Slaw

$12.50

MIDNIGHT

ESPRESO

MIDNIGHT SNACK

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The Coolest Little Hipster Cafe!

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Located on Cuba Street

 

This cafe serves an array of food, not 100% vegan unfortunately.  

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My favs are the Vegan Hash Stack & Five Bean Nachos

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The also make each day a variety of cabinet snacks, such as tortilla stacks, lasagne, sandwiches, slices, rhubarb scones, and lots more yummy things.

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The best part is that they are open till 3am everyday, so perfect for those midnight snackers like myself.

CREPE A GO GO

DESSERT

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French Crepes

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A tiny little yellow window, situated on Manners Street

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Some really nice workers

A hug variety of sweet and savoury toppings

Vegan crepe's available

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My fav is Dark Chocolate & Strawberries πŸ“

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Can You Name A Better Duo!

Kaffee Eis

DESSERT

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Situated on Courtney Street

A great place to grab a refreshing sorbet after dinner

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So many uniquely New Zealand flavours

- Fejoa

- Boysenbury

- Plum

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All very delicious

free stuff

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Te papa tongarewa

museum

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Te Papa is a staple of New Zealand

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A huge museum showcasing lots of different and interesting exhibitions about New Zealand's Past and present.

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Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War 

Is an exhibition showcasing New Zealands part in the world war

With huge sculptures from Weta Workshops of soldiers and nurses

A must see