A Guide to Native New Zealand Wildlife

During New Zealand’s creation, with the pair of islands drifting away from the super-continent, the newfound isolation enabled a land full of unusual creatures to thrive. This isolation before Maori and European settlers meant that some native birds loss the use of their wings, as they didn’t need to fly away from any predators. Large…

Celebrating New Zealand History On Waitangi Day

The 6th of February 1840 was a momentous and pivotal day in the narrative of New Zealand: it was the day that the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. This document was an understanding between the British Crown and the Maori Chiefs about the protection and ownership of the colony of New Zealand. For better or…

Hide And Seek With Yellow-Eyed Penguins On Otago Peninsula

Penguins are my one of my most favourite animals. These little birds who live in tightly knit communities, through adversity and hardships, protecting their little eggs are just so adorable. And look how cute they are! Yellow-Eyed Penguins Yellow-eyed penguins also known as Hoiho in Maori are one of the rarest and most endangered species…

Top Pointers for Planning your New Zealand Adventure

New Zealand is an insanely beautiful country with so much to do and see, it can be a challenge to try and fit everything in! Here are some things to consider when planning your adventure. The Roads Depending on where you are driving, but about 80% of the highways in New Zealand are single lane…

The Weird and Wonderful World of Weta Workshop

Entering a dark curtained theatre room, the walls are covered in plated armour, with swords and axes longer than your arm. An excited hush falls among the group, as the introductory video sparks into life. Snippets of blockbuster movies flick across the screen. All products of the workshop. Welcome to the wonderful world of Weta….

The Ultimate 15 Kiwi Songs for your New Zealand Roadtrip

One of the most fundamental parts of any road trip is the playlist. Aside from the itinerary and snacks, it is one of the first things that I plan out. Join us in making the perfect New Zealand Playlist as it would not be complete without these great kiwi tunes. Kiwi Roadtrip So True – The Black…

Getting Lost in the Rotorua Redwoods

Rotorua in the central North Island of New Zealand is infamous for its geothermal activity, with the lingering notes of sulphur in the air and its Maori heritage. What maybe isn’t as well known is the Whakarewarewa Forest. Also known as the Rotorua Redwoods, the forest is found alongside the south side of Lake Rotorua….

Experience The Magic Of Middle Earth At Hobbiton

In a small hole in the ground, once lived a hobbit; and in the small Waikato town of Matamata lives Hobbiton, a little magical piece of Middle Earth. Finding Middle Earth When the filming of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy confirmed, the challenge for film markers was finding the perfect set locations for these…

The Fascinating and Ancient Moeraki Boulders

On Koekohe beach, between Dunedin and Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand, is a natural phenomenon steeped in Maori folklore. The Moeraki Boulders are one of the most photographed landscapes in New Zealand. Numerous wonderfully circular orbs of stone littering the Otago beachside. Local legend says the boulders are the remains of eel…