New Zealand Roadtrip 2016 Video

My husband, Kyle and I drove around the North and South Islands of New Zealand during February, March and April of 2016.

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South Island: Lake Tekapo, Lake MacGregor, Lake Pukaki, Mt. Cook, Hooker Valley, Moeraki Boulders, Dunedin Railway Station, Otago Peninsula, Nugget Point, Florence Hill Lookout, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Kaniere, Hokitika Gorge, Pancake Rocks, Kaikoura, Abel Tasman National Park, Wharariki Beach, Cape Farewell Continue reading

Guide to New Zealand/Kiwi Slang

My husband and I  chose New Zealand as our first world travel stop because English is spoken throughout New Zealand. We thought it would be a great way to transition into world travel. Even though English is the dominant language spoken by most New Zealanders, there are many words and phrases that are unfamiliar to Americans. Many words and phrases listed here are common to New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain. It may help to become familiar with some of these words/phrases before you visit New Zealand. For example, it would have been good for us to know that their tomato sauce is our ketchup. Our ketchup and noodles weren’t very good, haha! Continue reading

10 Steps to Buy a Car in New Zealand

We knew we wanted to buy a car in New Zealand because having your own vehicle is a great way to see many places. It was nice to not be committed to the schedules and routes of the bus. We also decided to buy a car so that we could go camping instead of staying in hostels. Buying a car is more cost-effective than renting a car if you’re planning on being in the country for a few months or more. We were in New Zealand for about 3 months.
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Packing list for long-term travel

In January 2016, my husband and I left for New Zealand. We bought one-way tickets. We didn’t know how long we would be in New Zealand nor how long we would travel through other countries. We put together a packing list that would work for 1 week of traveling or 1 year of traveling. I had read that it is better to have less stuff than more stuff so we packed pretty minimally.  Continue reading