Coromandel Peninsula, NZ: are the hot spots worth it?

One of my stops on the North Island a few weeks ago was the Coromandel Peninsula. Its an area just to the east of Auckland (around a 90 minute drive). With only a day or so in the area, I made sure to stop by the “top spots”. When researching where to go, the main […]

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Hobbiton Set Tour // Matamata, New Zealand

I decided last minute to take an adventure to the Hobbiton Movie Set, where both Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogy was filmed. I was beyond impressed with the tour of the set & its attention to detail. The movie set is in the middle of no where in the New Zealand countryside; […]

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Tunnel Beach – South of Dunedin, New Zealand

What makes this walk great, is you don’t have to dedicate more than a few hours to take in the views. It’s even more perfect if either of these criteria fit you: you are short on time you aren’t a very experienced hiker The walk both down and up is steep, so take it at […]

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First full day exploring Dunedin, NZ

Dunedin is the second- largest city in the south island of New Zealand. Dunedin is more urban than I expected; you can walk practically anywhere within the lines of the city. This past weekend, I had a jam packed day full of exploring around both Dunedin, and its’ surrounding areas. St. Clair Beach First stop […]

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reflecting on a plane

I took advantage of down time, casually reflecting on a flight to LAX. Traveling is hard and stressful, no doubt about it. Security can take way too long but…. here I am! It’s amazing how relaxing flights can be; once you’re in the air you don’t have much room to stress about what is going […]

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packing essentials i didn’t know i needed

Today I have officially made a dent in packing for my departure, (only took me a few weeks). Over time I have accumulated things that I originally didn’t realize they were essentials. 1.Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack I have had my eyes on a new mini backpack for a while, and just recently got this one […]

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What I hope to accomplish abroad

Yesterday I sat down and expressed in my journal what my personal goals are for my adventure abroad to New Zealand. I didn’t realize until writing them down, how many there are (looks like i’ll be keeping myself busy!). Focus on what’s in front of you: I tend to look towards the future and forget […]

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