Golden Bay: what to see and do

Farewell Spit, New Zealand

With all this rain in Wellington, I find myself dreaming of summer in Golden Bay at Christmas time last year. That statement in itself is strange to write: I haven’t yet got used to winter being in the middle of the year and summer being over Christmas – it just doesn’t feel right! Winter […]

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How to create a New Zealand style CV for your Working Holiday

How to create a New Zealand Style CV for your Working Holiday

Your CV is perhaps one of the little details you wouldn’t put too much thought to before starting your Working Holiday in New Zealand – let’s face it, you’re probably thinking more about the best places to visit, what to pack and pretending to be a Hobbit, than about updating […]

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A quick trip to Gibraltar


In late June I flew to Spain to visit my sister for a few days. She’s currently living in La Línea de la Concepción, a small town right at the bottom of the country, just across the border from the British territory of Gibraltar. Becka is working as a conversation […]

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13 reasons you shouldn’t skip New Zealand’s North Island

13 reasons you shouldn't skip New Zealand's North Island

If you were to ask anyone who has travelled New Zealand if they prefer the North or South Island, I bet you 9 times out of 10 they will say the South Island. True, the South Island is beautiful – with her majestic mountains, serene lakes and untouched rainforest, she […]

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Ayutthaya: A day trip from Bangkok


The ancient capital city of Thailand, Ayutthaya, was founded in 1350, when the country was named Siam. By the 1700s it had become the largest city in the entire world, with a million inhabitants, and its central location between China, India and Malaysia made it the trading capital of Asia. […]

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STW Bi-Monthly Update: May and June 2016


May in Wellington has become a lot colder with a lot more rain. The first day of June was officially the start of winter, and it truly feels as such now – I’m wrapped up in lots of layers snuggled by the heater most evenings! However, we have still had […]

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A weekend in Taranaki


I need to start by apologising for falling off the face of the earth recently – I haven’t posted anything in a whole month! I have been very busy this June: jetting off to Bangkok, home to the UK, and to Spain to visit my sister – but that’s no […]

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Reflections on Naples


This week my parents are off to Italy to celebrate my Dad’s birthday. They’re going to be based in Naples and will be exploring some of the Amalfi coast. I find myself very jealous! As Brits, we’re so lucky to be able to hop on a plane and visit a […]

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A complete guide to buying a campervan in New Zealand


Travelling around New Zealand by car is undoubtedly the best way to see the country; you have the freedom to explore at your own pace and see the sights you want to see without having to stick to a strict itinerary. There are so many places in New Zealand that […]

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A year in New Zealand: Reflections on the last 12 months and extending our Working Holiday Visas


Today marks a whole year since James and I arrived in New Zealand. We were fresh off a 30 hour flight from London Heathrow. I remember those first few days in Auckland, recovering from jet-leg and trying to familiarise ourselves with a new city. We’d been robbed in South East […]

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