Botanic D’Lights: A Winter Wonderland in Christchurch

Botanic D’Lights: A Winter Wonderland in Christchurch

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 [...]

Surviving My First Kiwi Winter – A Recipe For Simple Chicken Soup

Surviving My First Kiwi Winter – A Recipe For Simple Chicken Soup

Winter in New Zealand started on 1 June and there's no doubt in my mind that Christchurch got the memo. It feels like it's been raining nonstop for weeks and I'm now refusing to leave the house without mittens firmly in-hand. My friends back in the States may be out running errands in sundresses and [...]

Why Homesickness Never Really Goes Away When You’re a Nomad

Moving overseas takes a lot of work. For months, your life is taken over by a seemingly never-ending to-do list of unpacking boxes, shopping for furniture, starting a new job, trying to figure out how the heck to get to the grocery store, and so on. You are discovering new things every time you step [...]

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, [...]