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 [...]

There and Back Again – The World’s Shortest Trip to Wellington

There and Back Again – The World’s Shortest Trip to Wellington

For the past several years, a dining room table has been living in a storage facility in Lower Hutt, waiting for Pete's triumphant return to New Zealand. Now that we're here, we were faced with a bit of a conundrum when it came to getting the table from Wellington to Christchurch. Not wanting to spend a fortune shipping [...]

My First Kiwi Xmas & A New Year’s Hike At Lake Tekapo

My First Kiwi Xmas & A New Year’s Hike At Lake Tekapo

Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and are feeling ready to take on the new year. This year I kicked off my holiday celebrations with Pete's family in Wellington. We flew in on the Thursday before Christmas and let me just say, flying in New Zealand is so different from flying in [...]