Welcome to the Shire

I spent the day on the verge of tears, trying super hard to hold it together as I achieved a life dream which not everyone will understand. We headed to Matamata today which is home to Hobbiton, the Shire! This place is like no other, brilliantly green and full of so many different kinds of […]

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Cave Full of Stars

Early morning start today, 7:30 a.m. from Hot Water Beach towards Waitomo. Luckily I had turned in fairly early and slept pretty happily in our quiet lodge. After a couple hours on the bus, we stopped by Karangahake Gorge for a short hike. This place was big for mining, we walked through several mining tunnels […]

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Doorway to Narnia

Te Whanganui-A-Hei, or Cathedral Cove, is an absolutely astonishing place. It is a marine reserve located on the Coromandel Peninsula, the turquoise waters have carved through the rocks creating this beautiful archway that many people may recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as it is used as the doorway into Narnia. It most […]

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Day One

After around 30 hours of flying, wandering aimlessly through airports, and being entirely overwhelmed I made it to Christchurch! Still very surreal to actually be sitting about 9,000 miles away from home but everything seems great so far! As for any adventuring today, it was fairly short and sweet. I’m exhausted from the flights and […]

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Goodbye (for now)

Finally! After a year of waiting I leave for the airport at 7 a.m. to go on my adventure of a lifetime. An experience that anyone I have ever spoken to always says they wish they had done. I am studying abroad in New Zealand for 7 months! Traveling to New Zealand has always been […]

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