Is Giapo Worth It? They Charge $10+ For An Ice Cream!

This isn’t so much of a Giapo review, but rather a brain dump on how they can justify charging premium prices for an ice cream based on my experience. In a country that enjoys a hokey pokey ice cream in a cone for a couple of dollars at the local dairy is part...

6 Facebook Groups For Backpackers Travelling New Zealand

Love it or hate it, Facebook is a great resource when used in the right way. This extends before, during, and after your travels, with Facebook groups covering a variety of topics. The following groups are groups dedicated to those travelling in New Zealand, primarily...

Flying To New Zealand? Do These 7 Things First

Flying to New Zealand is daunting. For many of you reading this, your total transit time will be over 24 hours. The following are seven tips for keeping in mind before flying to NZ, including a few to consider before booking your flight. Some of these tips apply...

10+ Things To (and not to) Do In The Catlins + Useful Tips

The time has come. The Catlins have emerged from obscurity and the region is now on the tourist radar. Honestly, I’d never ever heard of the Catlins growing up. Tucked away in the Southeast corner of the country. With a sparse population, farming and forestry...

Walking Through Cave Stream Scenic Reserve In Castle Hill

Castle Hill’s Cave Stream Scenic Reserve has been the location of two casualties (source). Thankfully I wasn’t aware of these two incidents before taking on the cave at the end of an epic day trip to Castle Hill with Nina and Garrett. This post will tell...

Is The Trans-Siberian Railway Worth It?

The Trans-Siberian train is one of the bucket list trips I’m stoked to have completed early in my travels. It’s a journey that comes up often between travellers who are looking to navigate between Asia and Europe and being able to say I’ve completed the...