New Zealand

The Overlander: Auckland to Wellington

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

When people have talked about their travel experiences of New Zealand, they’ve always mentioned travelling by car. However, being one of the most scenic countries in the world, the kiwis put a lot of effort into their railways. So I thought I’d give it a shot and not worry about the parking tickets, petrol, or looking after a car for a week – and first on the agenda was travelling North to South on the Overlander.
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Christchurch – One Year On

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

On February 22nd 2011 Christchurch was hit by an earthquake which brought global attention to the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and put it on the front page of every newspaper worldwide. A little over two weeks later Japan was hit by a Tsunami and Christchurch was quickly forgotten about as the world’s press switched attentions to East Asia.
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New Zealand – South Island

Friday, January 27th, 2012

The next part of my trip began with the short walk to Wellington’s train station. An unlikely beginning for a ferry journey you might think but, as always, there was method behind my madness. I had discovered that a shuttle bus operates from the station to the Interislander ferry terminal, which is a mile or so out of town.
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New Zealand – North Island

Friday, January 27th, 2012

New Zealand has always been a country that I have wanted to visit, and so it was with no little anticipation that I arrived in Auckland in late November for a nine day holiday. Whilst nine days may seem like a long time, it’s impossible to see everything this beautiful country has to offer in that time- but you can certainly have fun trying. I had heard that New Zealand offered spectacular beautiful scenery, friendly locals, and the best fish and chips (or “fush and chups” in local parlance) in the world. I was determined to put all three claims to the test.
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