Easy Tramping Near Christchurch; An Overnight to Nina Hut

Easy Tramping Near Christchurch; An Overnight to Nina Hut

This past week most of New Zealand was on holiday, celebrating Easter and commemorating Anzac day with a few well-earned days off. With the weather report looking decent, a couple of friends and I decided to find an easy overnight tramp to kickstart our holiday. We picked Nina Hut because it was only a two and a [...]

Reflections on the Christchurch Attack

Yesterday, white supremacists walked into the Masjid al Noor mosque and the Linwood Masjid with assault rifles in their hands and hatred in their hearts and Christchurch, a city still recovering from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, will not be the same. Around 3:00pm yesterday, I was sitting at my desk on the University of [...]

My First Taste of Kiwiana – When Big Band Came to Town

My First Taste of Kiwiana – When Big Band Came to Town

This past weekend, Christchurch's social calendar was jam-packed. Between Festa and the annual Christchurch Big Band Festival, the CBD was buzzing with life. As part of the music festival, bands were spread across town, playing big band classics by Count Bassey and Glen Miller on stages at the new Central Library, outside the Christchurch Art [...]

Botanic D’Lights: A Winter Wonderland in Christchurch, New Zealand

Botanic D’Lights: A Winter Wonderland in Christchurch, New Zealand

After a year away, Botanic D'Lights is back in Christchurch dazzling locals with beautiful light installations interspersed throughout the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Hoping to avoid the weekend crowds, Pete and I went to check out the show on opening night. Moving at a slow clip, it took us just under an hour to walk through [...]

Gateway to the South Island – Making the Most of a Christchurch Stopover on a Budget

For many travelers, Christchurch is the gateway to New Zealand's South Island. As the biggest city in the region, it's the perfect stopping point for sleeping off jetlag or restocking supplies before heading out to see the stunning natural beauty of the Southern Alps and scenic sounds. With all of the amazing things to do further South, [...]

Cyclone Gita – Don’t Worry Ma, I’m Fine

Cyclone Gita – Don’t Worry Ma, I’m Fine

When I first decided to move to New Zealand, I knew there'd be adjustments. For starters, I'd be driving on the left, celebrating Christmas in summer, and using the word heaps more in a few months than I ever had in my whole life. Looking back, it seems I left out, "preparing for impending cyclones." [...]