Author Archives: Sarah - Exploring Kiwis

Machu Picchu: The New Rules You Need to Know When Planning Your Visit

Machu Picchu, one of the most iconic sites in South America was subject to a number of rule changes in mid-2017, all in a bid to reduce visitor numbers and to safeguard this important historical Peruvian citadel. With these new rules in place, it’s more important ever that you head up to Machu Picchu prepared […]

8 Things to do in Hoi An at Night – Must-Do Vietnam

The highlight of our two week visit to Vietnam, Hoi An is unlike anywhere else we’ve been.  A window into old-time Vietnam, this town is quaint, memorable and absolutely gorgeous.  Known as the ‘peaceful meeting place’, this is the perfect place to fall in love with this incredible country. To help you plan your visit, […]

The Franz Josef Heli Hike – The Pinnacle of Your New Zealand Bucket-List

Having recently returned to New Zealand, we knew there was one final bucket-list activity that we just had to try – taking to the ice on a Franz Josef heli hike whilst we visited the West Coast. We’d seen the photos.  We’d heard people rave about their experiences.  I’d dreamed of walking on a glacier for […]

Rotorua Adventure Activities (for the Brave and Slightly-More-Cautious)

Rotorua is the adventure capital of the North Island of New Zealand and for good reason – there’s a whole host of fun just waiting for you! Whether you’re a massive adrenaline-seeker or are a little more cautious (maybe just looking to test your boundaries), these activities will cater to everyone in your group. Serious […]

The Ultimate West Coast Itinerary – Exploring New Zealand’s South Island

The West Coast is exactly what you’d hope for when visiting New Zealand – it’s imposing, rugged and above all else, beautiful. Wedged between towering mountains and the crashing sea, the West Coast is the region forgotten by the rest of its country. Our trees are skyscrapers that touch the sky, our rivers and lakes […]

Where to Feed Wild Eels for Free in New Zealand: Hokitika Uncovered

The perfect New Zealand holiday to me is one that strikes the ideal balance. Nature and city. People and animals. Fast and slow. Bucket-list-worthy and cheap-n-cheerful. It’s authentically Kiwi and leaves you reminiscing about all the fun you had. The West Coast of New Zealand offers exactly that! In particular, we fell head over heels […]

TranzAlpine Train Review: One of the Most Scenic Railways in the World, Right Here in Aotearoa

The TranzAlpine train is widely recognised as one of the most scenic in the world and having recently undertaken this incredible journey, we couldn’t agree more.  Connecting Christchurch with Greymouth, it glides up and over the Southern Alps, taking in a stunning array of scenery all whilst offering world-renowned Kiwi hospitality. To make life easy, […]

The Squeeze by NZ Riverjet: Rotorua’s Best Tourist Experience?

The perfect balance of adrenaline, nature and pure fun, The Squeeze by New Zealand Riverjet in Rotorua seriously hits the spot!  Find out why we just can’t speak highly enough of this fantastic activity. Having recently returned from an action-packed weekend in Rotorua, the North Island’s adventure capital, we came back with lots of incredible […]

Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise: Visit Halong’s Stunning Neighbouring Bay

Halong Bay: “It is the wonder that one cannot impart to others” – Ho Chi Minh Before planning our trip to Vietnam, I must admit, we knew very little about the country’s key tourism destinations. The one place we did know about though, Halong Bay, was an absolute must-see from our perspective. Perhaps surprisingly, In […]

Top Things To Do in Rotorua at Night

A hub of adventure, adrenaline and culture, Rotorua should be right at the top of any New Zealand bucket list!  With so much to do there, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Rotorua is equally suited to a weekend getaway as it is to a longer stay and with a wealth of […]

10 Incredible Things To Do in New Zealand: South Island in Focus

When potential visitors to New Zealand dream of our beautiful land, it’s generally images of the South Island that will come to mind. Towering mountain ranges, raging rivers and picture-postcard scenery – this is the New Zealand that people travel from all around the world to see, and for good reason! Along with plenty of […]

Vietnam Itinerary – Two Weeks, Tried, Tested & Approved

Vietnam is an intriguing country with a unique (and at times, painful) past.  It is also a country of scenic diversity, incredible food and warm souls. It’s a magical place and one that we unreservedly recommend paying a visit to! In this post, we’ve bundled up our two week itinerary through Vietnam and all of […]

Duder Regional Park – A Rural Beachside Paradise on Auckland’s Doorstep

Though New Zealand is world-renowned for its beautiful hiking, it’s seldom Auckland that springs to mind.  With a number of fantastic hikes in the City of Sails, it’s definitely worth throwing your hiking boots or sneakers on though and getting out onto our clean, green trails; just prepare for our largest city to surprise you! The […]

The Phong Nha Caves: Finding Strength in the Vietnamese Jungle

Having recently returned from a three-day/two-night jungle caving adventure through Central Vietnam (in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park), Nathan and I reflected on what was one of our greatest physical and mental challenges to date.  Find out why we recommend taking things up a notch on your next holiday – because anyone can lay on […]

Hiking New Zealand: South Island Treasures That Are Worth the Effort

New Zealand is home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world; towering mountain ranges, crystal-clear waterways, lush forestry and echoing birdsong, travellers are spoilt for choice in Aotearoa. How better to see New Zealand’s beauty than to slip on your hiking boots and get out exploring? Having recently returned home to the […]

Lune Production: Hoi An’s Must-See Cultural Cirque Stage Show!

Hoi An is now home to Lune Production, an incredible group of artists combining the best of modern dance, circus arts and traditional Vietnamese story telling.  Is it one of the top tourist activities in Central Vietnam though?  We certainly think so! Set inside a custom-built dome tent, encased in modern geometric bamboo designs, the Lune […]