My Life in New Zealand

Category: Summer

Greenstone to Mavora Lakes

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This weekend Bessie and I hiked the Greenstone – Mavora Walk. On Saturday morning at 8AM we took the Info + Track bus from Queenstown, pass Glenorchy and into the Greenstone Carpark where we started the big 50km weekend! The first day we walked through the Greenstone and once reaching the Greenstone Hut made our way into the Passburn Valley. Up and down, over and under through hard ground and soft we eventually made it to the Taipo Hut where we spent Saturday night boiling creek water to drink and playing games.

Sunday morning we headed over a swing bridge and 12 km later reached the Boundary Hut. From here we kept on walking and eventually made it to Mavora Lake which we followed all the way until the end! Our ride had a bit of car troubles back in Queenstown so we hitched our way to Mossburn with two kiwi blokes from Gore – riding in the back of their dairy farm truck!

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Milford Sound

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Ruyard Kipling called it the eighth Wonder of the World – and well, I would have to agree. Milford Sound is a fiord located in the south west of the South Island and it’s stunning any time of the year and in any weather conditions. We lucked out and had the best of both worlds, earlier in the day it had been pouring which made the falls strong and fierce, but as the day wore on the sun came out and we were blessed with clear skies and stunning views.

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El Capitan Canyon, California Accommodation

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We stayed in some pretty unique places on our California Road Trip, but I would have to say El Capital Canyon was a pretty special place! This campground resort offers all types of accommodation options – from tents to cabins to luxury yurts – you are sure to find something that suits your style. Located just outside of Santa Barbra, we found this site a great place to break up the drive from San Francisco back to Santa Monica.

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San Francisco, California

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We made it to San Francisco – the turning point for our sibling road trip in California! San Francisco was amazing … beaches, city life, and hipster neighborhoods. We loved exploring the city in a quick 24 hours – needless to say we will be back for more exploring!

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Santa Cruz, California

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Next stop on our California Road Trip was Santa Cruz – a quirky surf town filled with summer tourist there to enjoy the sun. To be honest, Santa Cruz wasn’t my favorite. I had high expectations and even went into the visit with the potential to fall in love with the city and want to move. However the city had a dirty vibe and was filled with tourists!

That being said, I think we did find the good – we went for a few rides in the amusement park and walked around downtown area. My brother had the best time of us all as he went for a great surfing adventure!

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Big Sur, California

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What can I even say … Big Sur was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! As many of the guide books say, Big Sur is not a destination, but rather an experience spread over a large amount of space along the West Coast of America. We took over a day and a half to explore the area and take in all of the sights to see. A – must – do.

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Santa Barbara PM, California

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Our perfect Santa Barbara morning turned into an even lovelier afternoon! The sun was out and we took full advantage. We explored the oceanfront as well as entering into the Funk Zone for a bit of wine tasting in the urban wine trail. From there we headed to the Santa Barbara Mission and finished the day at The Lucky Penny – fitting since we seemed pretty darn lucky with our day in SB!

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Santa Barbara AM , California

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After a jam packed Friday spent in Santa Monica, including an evening hike up Runyon Canyon to see a foggy Hollywood Sign, we sipped some coffee and ate a big America breakfast then hit the road to Santa Barbara. After doing a bit of research I realized that we were going to catch the Saturday local farmers market located right off State Street. Lucky us! Post farmers market stroll we walked around town, taking in the sights and stopping along the way to discover what was around.

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Santa Monica, California

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About 4 months ago – when I was still in the planning process of my trip back home to America – we decided to organize a sibling roadtrip. The three of us had never explored California and it seemed like the best opportunity to spend time together and see new places!

Santa Monica was the perfect place to start our 7 day California adventure. After arriving into LAX, around 8PM,  we headed straight to In and Out Burger (something my brother had been dreaming about for days!) and then onto my best friend from childhood’s house to stay the night. The next day was filled with Southern California sunshine, sandy beaches, bright colors, and exciting times. We rode the West Coaster, ate salsa and tacos, and explored Santa Monica by foot!

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kennebunkport + porpoise cove

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I am in love with Kennebunkport, Maine… summer flowers, painted buildings, quaint shops and lobster pounds… a stunning coastal Maine spot. We spent a quick afternoon strolling the main street and popping into little shops and pretty buildings. From Kennybunkport we headed to Porpoise Cove, a short 5 minute drive outside of town for lobster and onion rings on the dock!

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