Bird life

I’ve always loved blackbirds, robins and little sparrows that scurry around my mom’s garden. I love blackbirds singing, I think it’s the best way to wake up in the morning. New Zealand has given me many things, including more appreciation for bird life. Ulva Island was a perfect place for me then! I’m by no means aContinue reading “Bird life”

Nau Mai Haere Mai ki Te Wharawhara

One of the things I really wanted to while staying on Stewart Island was visit a neighouring island called Ulva Island, a pest-free sanctuary where bird life is abundant due to the lack of rodents and other troublemakers. The day that I had planned to go washed away, literally, as it rained the whole time. Luckily,Continue reading “Nau Mai Haere Mai ki Te Wharawhara”

Stewart Island

My visit to Stewart Island was a lot different than I thought it would be. I had planned to do the Rakiura Track, but my poor knees discouraged me enough for me to cancel. I still wanted to go to the island and I decided to do shorter hikes instead. Because I had to rearrange myContinue reading “Stewart Island”

Chocolate chip cookie

People say the journey is more important than the destination. We often learn in the process of trying to get somewhere, and we need that experience for when we reach that destination. Perhaps the same can be said about a journey in the literal sense. I’m not the biggest fan of driving, although I loveContinue reading “Chocolate chip cookie”

Don’t lose your shirt!

Queenstown, I’m not sure what to make of this town. On the one hand I can’t stand all the partying. I’m not a party person at all and I hate drunk people. So seeing many of those drunk party people in what’s actually quite a cosy town, is such a shame, in my opinion. PlentyContinue reading “Don’t lose your shirt!”

Equine adventure: Paradise

One of my oldest bucket list items was doing a multiple day horse trek. When I booked a four-day trek with High Country Horses in Glenorchy, I honestly thought this lifelong dream was going to come true. It partially did, but not enough to tick it off as fulfilled. Maybe next time? One of the best choices IContinue reading “Equine adventure: Paradise”


It’s been a while since I felt so inspired that all I wanted to do was be. The Mt. Cook area did that for me. I’ve seen Mt. Cook (Aoraki) before and even briefly visited the town for all of 45 minutes, but I always felt that I had to come back and stay longer.Continue reading “Inspiration”

Re:start Christchurch

Earthquakes left a devastating mark on Christchurch. I’ve seen the documentary ‘When a city falls‘ and it sent chills down my spine. Not only because so many lives got lost and there was so much destruction, but also because people show resilience and are working hard to bounce back. I remember the first time I wasContinue reading “Re:start Christchurch”