Hiking in my Backyard – A Jaunt Up Rapaki Track

I have to start this post with an apology. It feels like for the past few months I've been winging nonstop about the winter gloom. You see, the endless rainy days and bitter cold were really starting to get to me. Thankfully, mother nature took pity on us Canterburians and for the last two weekends,… Continue reading Hiking in my Backyard – A Jaunt Up Rapaki Track

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,… Continue reading Gateway to the South Island – Making the Most of a Christchurch Stopover on a Budget

Christchurch Lantern Festival

This weekend was Christchurch's annual Lantern Festival. For two nights, the CBD was bursting with locals and tourists celebrating Chinese New Year and welcoming in the Year of the Dog. This year marked the festival's return to the center of town after the 2011 earthquake. For the past several years, it was temporarily moved to Hagley… Continue reading Christchurch Lantern Festival