Wine Tasting in Martinborough, New Zealand

Wine Tasting in Martinborough, New Zealand

Since wedding plans have sidetracked any major travel plans for the rest of the year (at least until our honeymoon), Pete and I have been more focused on exploring new places around New Zealand. Thankfully, like I mentioned in one of my recent posts, Jetstar offers some pretty affordable domestic travel around New Zealand. Originally we [...]

On Tour, Pt 4 – Seafood in Kaikoura and a Night at Mt Lyford Lodge

On Tour, Pt 4 – Seafood in Kaikoura and a Night at Mt Lyford Lodge

After our quick taste of Kiwi wine country, we loaded up the car and hit the road, cruising down State Highway 1 until we hit our next destination, Kaikoura. A coastal town, Kaikoura is where you'll find some of the freshest seafood in New Zealand. Its name literally translates to eat crayfish (Kai = food, Koura = Crayfish).

On Tour, Pt 3 – A One-Stop Shop For Wine Tasting in Marlborough

On Tour, Pt 3 – A One-Stop Shop For Wine Tasting in Marlborough

On Tour: Wellington --> Blenheim --> Kaikoura --> Mt Lyford --> Christchurch If you ever find yourself traveling from Wellington to the South Island and are debating whether to fly or take the ferry, take the ferry. Sure, it may be a bit slower than flying, but nothing beats the views of the sounds after [...]

On Tour, Pt 2 – Getting Out of Town, Scenic Drives Around Wellington

On Tour, Pt 2 – Getting Out of Town, Scenic Drives Around Wellington

On Tour: Wellington --> Blenheim --> Kaikoura --> Mt Lyford --> Christchurch On Saturday morning Pete and I flew to Wellington with my parents. We had two days to show off Pete's hometown. Our 2-bedroom Airbnb was very conveniently just across the street from Te Papa, New Zealand's National Museum. With a few hours to kill [...]

On Tour, Pt 1 – Mom, Meet New Zealand, New Zealand, Meet My Mom

On Tour, Pt 1 – Mom, Meet New Zealand, New Zealand, Meet My Mom

This past week my mom, Nina, and her husband, David, made their first trip to New Zealand. Traveling from Chicago, they came to see the new digs and most importantly, to meet Pete's family for the first time. Since they'll be back for a longer trip in January for our wedding, this visit was all [...]

Mini City Guide: Wellington, New Zealand – Three Spots Not to Miss on Cuba Street

Mini City Guide: Wellington, New Zealand – Three Spots Not to Miss on Cuba Street

Wellington, New Zealand's capital and hipster mecca, is the kind of city perfect for spending a day just walking around. Whether you're there for a few hours or a few days, there's no shortage of cool, curated vintage shops and graffitied alleyways to check out. Whenever I'm in town (which seems to be about every weekend these [...]