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Top 3 North American Destinations for Houseboating

Houseboating offers an exotic means of exploring the wonders of North America, and according to MSN, this means of travel can be surprisingly affordable—often costing less than $1,000 a month for ownership. Whether you own for year-round boating or choose to rent for a leisurely family-friendly getaway, North America offers a variety of exciting destinations for boating enthusiast. Here are the top three to explore.

Ontario, Canada: Hudson Bay and Lake Superior

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At first glance, Ontario might not seem like the most obvious houseboating destination, but the Canadian province offers several excellent boating opportunities dotting the coast of the Hudson Bay and Lake Superior. These bodies of water echo the vast feel of the ocean, while also offering great views of Ontario’s unique woodland scenery. Because of the occasionally volatile nature of Lake Superior, it’s important that anyone boating there maintains a thorough understanding of essential houseboat operations. Prior to stepping aboard, make sure you have taken the proper boater exams from BoaterExam.com, for example, and are familiar with the boating regulations specific to Ontario.

Florida’s IntraCoastal Waterway

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If you have time to spare for a longer houseboat vacation, you’ll want to consider navigating the Intracoastal Waterway. This 3,000 mile waterway runs along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, providing a safe alternative to the dangers typically encountered while boating on the open sea. Of course, few vacationers possess the time required to travel along the full length of the Intracoastal Waterway, which is why many choose to focus on the portion found along Florida’s coast. This condensed option offers access to both the Atlantic and the Gulf Coast, while also allowing boaters to enjoy sweeping views of Florida’s beaches and swamps. The state’s department of tourism recommends vigilantly watching for such potential hazards as bridges and deep waters, as both of these can create significant risks for distracted boaters.

New York’s Lake Champlain and Adirondack Park

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Houseboat Magazine recommends Lake Champlain as the boating destination of choice for anyone on the hunt for a relaxed family vacation. Straddling Vermont, New York and Quebec, the expansive inland lake offers plenty of opportunities for mainland exploration to suit all ages. The section of the lake falling within the borders of New York is particularly beautiful, as much of it is part of the state’s famous Adirondack Park. Adirondack Park is the largest park and National Historic Area in the contiguous United States. It continuously draws in and enchants visitors with its intersection of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, according to the official Adirondack Park Agency. While you’re there, enjoy a leisurely boating excursion along Lake Champlain’s coast, then enjoy some time on land while hiking in the great Adirondacks.

A Summer in the Hamptons

Summer is fast approaching and for many New Yorkers that typically means taking off to the Hamptons! For those who are new to ‘New York summers’, like myself, many of us have only seen the Hampton’s holidays on various television shows and movies. So what is there to do for those who are heading to the Hamptons for the first time?

First you have to decide what part of the Hamptons you plan to visit. There are several villages in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on Long Island, New York. These areas are the most populated parts of the Hamptons in the summer time and are the location of some of the most expensive properties in the United States of America.  

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Rent a Vacation House

One of the best ways to enjoy the Hamptons is to rent a vacation property. Rentini.com has a number of stunning houses situated in both Southampton and Hampton Bays. The properties sleep up to eighteen or twenty occupants, has stunning views and each has a large, inviting swimming pool.

Renting a vacation house can give your trip away that extra special touch. You’re not confined to a small hotel room, you have all the comforts of home and in the case of Rentini’s properties can fit a number of people under one roof.

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Make the most of your time

A trip to the Hamptons pretty much defines a luxurious beach vacation.

The beaches in the Hamptons are known for their pristine beauty. With long stretches of white sand, sparkling blue water and the perfect summer climate, it’s no surprise they’ve been rated among the best in the world.  Each beach has something different to offer. The water at the bay beaches are always much warmer than that of the Atlantic. They’re also perfect for windsurfing and with the kid without the rough ocean. However if you prefer slightly more of a surf there is plenty of that on the main beaches, for surfers, body boarders or general swimming amongst the waves!

If you’re into a spot of sport, there is plenty of that to go around in the Hamptons. Whether you’re looking for a round of golf or a game of tennis, the Hamptons has it! The Shinnecock Hills golf course has been touted the best public course in America yet if you want to drive a bit further, Farmingdale is the home of public golf with Bethpage being the location of the 2002 U.S. Open. Public tennis courts can be found at East Hampton High School, Bridgehampton High School, Southampton High School and Mashashimuet in Sag Harbor giving you plenty of opportunities to get out for a hit on the courts!

A great way to explore the various areas of the Hamptons is by walking or biking. Biking in particular will take you just about anywhere. It’s reasonably ease to get from town-to-town and bike routes are easy marked so you can easily follow the roads of the beautiful wooded trails around the villages. For something a little different, why not try a 2 hour horseback ride along the beach.

Since you’re enjoying your vacation right beside the water, why not take it one step further and get out on the water itself! There are many places around the Hamptons where you can rent canoes, rowboats, kayaks and small sailboats for a great day out in the water, however if you’d prefer there are a number of companies offering guided kayak tours, and harbor boat cruises. While you’re out on the water be sure to partake in a little fishing. Montauk is considered the sport-fishing capital of the world due to the world record number of fish caught at Montauk.

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While you’re in the Hamptons, you could easily dedicate you’re entire weekend to visiting the different wineries. The Wine Spectator once touted Long Island as the East Coast version of the Napa Valley. There are over 50 different vineyards ranging in size and the wines have won national and international awards. Some wineries serves breads, cheese and crackers along with their wine, others have a full barnyard around the tasting room, complete with chickens and roosters to give you quite the unique experience.

If you’re looking for something out of the sun, why not check out the numerous galleries in the Hamptons. If you’re there during the right season, you could come across a different art show opening every night. The largest group of art galleries is located in East Hampton, however there are galleries all over the area. If you’re into art, you should definitely have a scout around these galleries and see some of the fantastic works on display.

Aside from the artwork, the Hamptons have a large offering of shops and antique stores. The antique stores in particular are well worth checking out, and for those shopaholics, many prominent designers have set up shops in East Hampton each summer.

The numerous events, the beach, the scenery, the water activities, the sports, the shopping and the galleries make the Hamptons a perfect place to visit in the summer time.

What are your favorite things to do in the Hamptons?

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24 Hours in New York City

When you’re standing on the top of the Empire State Building, looking over the edge at the tiny yellow cabs and the endless miles of twinkling lights, the only thing you could possibly say is wow.

24 hours in New York City will never be enough. One week, one month…. Heck, one year is hardly enough. However, if you only have 24 hours and you want to see as much as physically possible, it can be done. But be prepared – you will be exhausted, your feet will be sore and the memory card of your camera will be full. You have been warned.

The first thing you need to do is cross your fingers for a nice day. New York can provide some stellar clear blue sky days – regardless of the air temperature, the weather can generally be pretty amazing. It’s this kind of day you need to hope for in order to make the most of the typical tourist spots.

Make sure you’re awake bright and early to explore all the city has to offer. The Top of the Rock viewing platform is the best place to see the city in the early light. Head up to the top and enjoy the view that stretches beyond the eye can see. Once you’ve absorbed the view, head across to Times Square to check out the electric center. If you’re lucky you might even witness a taping of Good Morning America!

(c) Samantha McConnell

Top of the Rock Viewing Platform (c) Samantha McConnell

Times Square would be a good place to grab a bite to eat for breakfast – whether you choose a restaurant, a diner or a street vendor, the atmosphere of Times Square in the morning is hard to replicate anywhere else.

The Statue of Liberty looks amazing in the mid-morning sun. Take a subway down to Battery Park City, jump aboard the ferry and enjoy the views of the Manhattan Skyline as the boat heads towards Liberty Island. From October 2012 the statue will be reopened to the public so you can climb those stairs and check out the views from her crown once again. The boat also makes a stop at Ellis Island which was the gateway for many millions of immigrants to the United States from 1892 – 1934. The island now hosts the museum of immigration which shows the story of the settlement of New York, and the rest of America. For anyone interested in history this is a great place to stop.

Statue of Liberty (c) Samantha McConnell

Once you’re safely back in Manhattan, head over to the World Trade Center site where you can pick up a pass to check out the memorial pools and the 9/11 memorial visitors center. This part of town is certainly worth a look for anyone visiting New York City.

From the Financial District, jump on the subway and head up to West Village, one of Manhattan’s best neighborhoods. Grab some lunch on one of Bleeker Street’s eateries and stop by the famous Magnolia’s Bakery to grab a cupcake before heading up to Central Park.

Get off the subway towards the bottom of the park so you can explore the main attractions. Start by wandering past the zoo as you’re able to see the playful seals from the outside without having to go in, then wander up the east side towards the Alice in Wonderland statue. Once you’ve marveled at the detail of the statue, head west, past the famous boathouse restaurant, beau bridge and around to Bethesda Terrace. If you’re a fan of The Beatles, continue heading west to see Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial, and just outside the Central Park gates, The Dakota, where the famous musician was killed. The final place I would recommend checking out in Central Park would be Shakespeare’s Garden and Belvedere Castle. Climb right to the top of the Castle and take in the view over the lake. The garden is particularly impressive over the spring and summer months, however in the winter you could probably give it a miss.

Central Park (c) Samantha McConnell

It’s here where you’ll have to make a pretty tough decision. It’s as hard as the chicken or the beef, the red or the blue, the art or the history. If you walk east you’ll come across the Metropolitan Museum of Art – the building is a landmark in its own right and the collection of art housed within its walls is breathtaking. If you walk west you’ll be able to explore the National History Museum which is a complete experience on its own. The National History Museum closes at 5.45 each day and the Metropolitan Museum closes at 5.30, except on Friday and Saturday when it stays open until 9pm, so if you wish to check out these museums make sure you are aware of the time.

The Upper East and West sides of Manhattan house a great many restaurants, so I recommend stopping along either side for some dinner before heading to the theater district. New York is the epicenter for theater. You can find all styles of theater, music, art and dance within this city. The TXTS booth under the red steps has discounted tickets daily for selected Broadway and Off-Broadway performances and many theaters sell tickets at a discounted rate before the performance.

After you’ve enjoyed your theater experience, head over to the Empire State Building via Times Square. Times Square is quite a different experience at night, and one that shouldn’t be missed! The view from the building that once was New York’s tallest building is best taken in at night and it is quite spectacular. Make sure you have something warm to wear at the top! It’s not exactly like a sunny trip to Hawaii up there!

New York by night (c) Samantha McConnell

At this point you are likely to be exhausted. If you’re not, I suggest finding one of the many bars to check out. If you’re in the mood for a drink or two, head down to the recently renovated 40/40 Club by Madison Square Park. This all-American sports bar and lounge is owned by the king of hip hop, Jay-Z and is worth a look, especially if you’re into design!

Once you’ve finished your drink I suggest you stumble home and sleep off your jam-packed day in the greatest city in the world – New York City!

PART III – We are New Yorkers now! Well, almost…

So after planning our move to New York City for the last 2 month, we finally did it. Moving to a city neither of us had ever been to was indescribable. We knew one person in this massive concrete jungle, neither of us had jobs, we didn’t know where to buy groceries or the best places to eat out. We had temporary accommodation, but beyond that we didn’t know where we’d end up. Our whole life had been tipped on its axis and there was no longer any certainty in my life.

Luckily it took less than 24 hours to fall in love with New York City. We’d often been fed the impression that Americans were rude, obnoxious and never went out of their way to help others. It didn’t take long before I took to my social media page to make sure everyone knew this was far from the truth. Two months later and Jesse and I are still amazed and how generous, polite and lovely all the Americans we’ve met have been (with the exception of one at the airport who was frustrated at my lack of knowledge about the security procedure). While Americans do have very strong opinions, everyone has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome, point us in the right direction or generally just give us helpful tips and advice. I then get surprised when other Americans tell me New Yorkers are generally loud, rude and obnoxious and in order to meet the hospitable, lovely Americans we should head down South. While I do plan to head down South at some point, I find it hard to believe they could be nicer than the New Yorkers we’ve met so far!

(c) Samantha McConnell

(c) Samantha McConnell

We arrived just in time for Thanksgiving. This is one holiday we don’t celebrate in New Zealand so we were quite excited to get amongst the hype. We woke bright and early (sometimes jetlag can be a blessing) and headed down to the Macy’s parade route. We arrived about 7am and the streets were already packed! People had laid down blankets and bought out picnic chairs so the crowds covered the pavement! Shortly after we arrived, the NYPD came past telling everyone to stand up and move forward – as luck would have it we ended up at the front, watching the most amazing holiday parade I’ve ever seen! We followed the parade with our first visit to the madness that is Times Square which was everything I’d ever imagined, and more! I’ve come to realize that nothing beats Times Square at night, but that first look at one of the places I’d most been looking forward to seeing was quite amazing. We even finished off the day by having a semi-traditional Thanksgiving dinner with the people we were living with at the time! 

(c)Samantha McConnell

 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

(c) Samantha McConnell

In the month that followed, we made the most of not having a job by experiencing all the city had to offer. We purchased a 3 day New York Pass and made sure we checked out all the attractions we possibly could. The Top of Rock to see if we could see how far the city stretched… we couldn’t! The Statue of Liberty – even more grand in real life than in the movies! Ellis Island – a hidden gem right there! The Empire State Building – experienced at 10pm in the freezing cold, watching the twinkling lights of the city, the bright glow of Times Square and the endless buildings. We also checked out other attractions – Madame Tussades, Radio City Hall (including a trip to the Christmas Spectacular, which really was Spectacular – New Zealand has nothing of the sort!), NBC studios, Dialog in the Dark (experiencing New York when you can’t see is quite amazing, and a little scary!), The Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, The New York City Museum, Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, National History Museum, New York Transit Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, 9/11 Memorial Site, Wall Street, Battery Park and Central Park.

(c) Samantha McConnell

(c) Samantha McConnell

(c) Samantha McConnell

We managed to check out a performance at the amazing Lincoln Center, attended a Nets game with all its spectacular (dancing senior citizens, real cheerleaders, dancing mascots, elementary drumming groups… quite amazing!) watched Daniel Radcliffe own the stage in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, watched Alan Rickman give an amazing performance in Seminar and experienced the magic of Mary Poppins … not to mention all the shows I currently have on my list – Sleep No More, War Horse, Book of Mormon, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Rent and Lion King to name a few!

(c) Samantha McConnell

(c) Samantha McConnell

Now, we’re settling into life in America. Jesse is juggling three great jobs, and I’m thoroughly enjoying mine.  We’re slowly becoming as local as we’re letting ourselves become (our thick kiwi accents continue to give us away!) We know how to navigate around the subway system without making too many mistakes, we know how to avoid making the locals annoyed at our incompetence, we know where to shop and where to eat. There is still a lot to learn, and see, try and do. We’ve been told me must try eggnog, and there’s so much of this city left to explore. I want to visit Bronx Zoo, and check out Wave Hill and Coney Island.

(c) Samantha McConnell

(c) Samantha McConnell

We still have itchy feet; we want to go to Florida, and DC and Boston. We want to check out other states in America – I want to see Nashville, Chicago, Texas and Alabama. I want to see the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls. I can’t wait to experience Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. I’m hanging out to lie on the beach in Hawaii! There’s so much I want to see and do, of course there isn’t enough time or money to do it just yet.

(c) Samantha McConnell

(c) Samantha McConnell

 America is everything I expected, and nothing I expected. It’s crazy and busy, mad and overwhelming. It’s everything I could have hoped it would be…. And more! It has its downsides, of course. There are things in New Zealand I prefer over America (cheese included!) and there are some parts of the American lifestyle I thought would be more….free! Food and living isn’t as cheap as I was led to believe (cell phones and cell phone plans are the worst deal for money I’ve come across – super expensive! Especially compared to the UK and Australia!), the country is not the free country I was truly expecting and it isn’t as advanced as I thought (America still uses checks!! What is with that! In New Zealand everything is electronic – talk about convenience!) But I love it. I still am not sure if it’s hit me that I’m here, but I love it. It’s only been two months. I have 11 more before my visa expires and I will leave somewhat reluctantly. I plan on fitting as much into these next 11 months as possible. Make the most of all this country and the good people living in this country have to offer. I want to experience it all – including a Halloween Party (we don’t really do Halloween like Americans do) and I would love to experience a Southern Thanksgiving! Where the road will take me, I have no idea. But if I’ve learnt anything in the last six months, it’s that you should take every opportunity that comes your way, and just leap. Close your eyes and leap. It may well be the best decision you’ve ever made!

(c) Samantha McConnell

PART II: Coming to America

As I told you in my previous post, my partner in crime, Jesse, and I had a serious case of ‘itchy feet’ and spent the last 6 months contemplating a move overseas.

We’d looked at the short jump across the Tasman to Australia, and the very different jump across the world to Qatar or Abu Dhabi. Jesse’s lifelong dream had been to live in New York. As he was busy pursuing a career in the post-production area of the film and television industry, he was desperate to give life a try in America. To be honest, I was as well. While I had traveled all over the world in the past, we had sat in New Zealand and watched American TV shows and movies showing a similar but completely different way of life. The high school experience, the college experience, living in New York or LA or Alabama (a state which for some reason I am somewhat obsessed with and would like to go and visit….) – all of it was so foreign and so far away. Experiences many New Zealanders couldn’t begin to understand. “Is that what American high school is really like?” “Do cheerleaders actually walk around in their uniforms all day?” “Are there actually jocks?” “Are burgers and pizza slices actually that big in America?” “Do they actually have liquid cheese and eggs in cartons?”



Keep in mind, although the two countries are reasonably similar, there are a huge number of differences. We don’t really have cheerleaders, certainly not in schools but we do have one or two clubs around the country. We don’t play baseball as a main sport (we play Rugby and Cricket … therefore I am desperately looking forward to going to a baseball game). Our food is dramatically different. We don’t have the super size portions that America does. Our ‘large’ coke and fries is often the same size as America’s ‘small’. We don’t have liquid cheese or orange cheese for that matter! Our cheese is ridiculously fresh as we have a strong dairy industry. It’s a pale yellow color and is soft and delicious. We don’t have as much processed food either – we do have some, of course, but nothing like there is here. And most people cook their dinner at home each night, partly because there aren’t as many options to eat out every night, but also because it’s cheaper and healthier. In general, New Zealand is reasonably healthy. We eat healthy, have a large range of organic and free range foods – in fact it’s almost predominantly organic and free range, and we generally have an active lifestyle. I only realize this now, and I totally understand how so many people manage to put on weight when they arrive in the USA. I did… and needed to join a gym ASAP!





America has everything you could possibly want and imagine, it’s easy to go a little crazy when you first arrive!

New Zealanders typically go and live in the UK when they’re ready to move overseas. While some will visit America on their travels, there haven’t been many who have moved to the USA. This wasn’t because they didn’t want to, it’s because getting a visa to legally live and work in the USA is incredibly difficult.

I sat for hours trying to figure out a way to get us to the USA. There didn’t seem a way around it. We had only graduated from graduate school (post-grad studies in New Zealand) within the last twelve months. This meant we certainly weren’t the best in our fields and able to show why the USA ‘needed’ us. We had no American relatives or ways of obtaining a green card. During my endless search I remembered a friend of mine had recently made the move to New York. After a brief conversation with her, and another friend who had studied in Boston for a few years I discovered a secret. It was a well-kept secret, that’s for sure, and I’m about to blow it into the open!






In the last few years, Australia and New Zealand have been participating in a trial program with the United States which gives university graduates the opportunity to work and experience life in America. You have to meet a certain criteria in terms of the type of study you had pursued and the type of university you had studied at and you had to either be a current student or graduated within the last twelve months.

While I had graduated from my honors program in August of 2011, Jesse had graduated from his post graduate diploma in December 2010. This meant we had to enter the States by December 2011. To say this caused a mild panic would be an understatement. I didn’t know if it could be done. It was the middle of September 2011 and we weren’t prepared in the slightest! We knew this opportunity would not come around again and if we were going to do this we had to just hold our breath and leap.


So we did! We sold everything we owned, worked as hard as we could and became social recluses in order to save every dollar! Everyone who heard of our plans to move to America was shocked – people don’t just pack up and move to New York – well actually, we do. A lot of my friends have since told me how proud they are of us being brave enough to go on this adventure. I guess if we had time to stop and think about what we were getting into it would have been a different story.

Before we knew it, we were on the plane, waving goodbye to our friends, families and lives and literally flying into the unknown


Enjoying the in-flight entertainment on one leg of our 18 hour flight
Admiring the Californian Coastline
After 27 hours of traveling, New York City was a welcome sight!


I’ll talk about settling in the massive concrete jungle called New York City in my next post. In the meantime, have you guys ever moved across the world? Or maybe plan do so in the near future. Where would you like to go?

PART I: Adventures of a Kiwi in the Big Apple

Have you ever heard of a Kiwi? I’m not talking about the fruit….Or the bird for that matter. I’m talking about the people.  A Kiwi is another word for a person who comes from New Zealand. Anyone who classifies themselves as a New Zealander is called a Kiwi.

I better mention, before I go any further, that I am a Kiwi. A proud Kiwi! I even wear a ring on my finger which is made from a New Zealand 5c coin from the year I was born. It’s a symbol of my home, of where I’ve come from. I have a mixture of French and Welsh heritage somewhere in my bloodlines but I, like my parents, was born and raised in New Zealand. New Zealand is, and always will be home, but for the last two months I’ve been creating a new home in the city that never sleeps – New York City.

Over the next week I will be posting a series of posts about my adventures in the Big Apple, I will write about things that I saw, people I’ve met and places I’ve traveled. Follow along, if you like, I’d love to have you along for the ride.

So, where was I? Ah yes, whoever said that Kiwi’s couldn’t fly was clearly wrong!

New Zealand is a beautiful country. The pictures you’ve seen, and the things you’ve heard about the stunning scenery? It’s all true. We have sprawling green fields, snowcapped mountains, lush green forests, beautiful lakes and incredible beaches. It’s only now that I’ve left that I realize just how stunning New Zealand really is. We also have a lot of sheep, I’m not going to deny, there are more sheep than people. The population of New Zealand sits roughly at 4 million. That’s less than the population of New York City in an entire country! But we’re a staunch and loyal bunch. We love our country, we love our rugby and we love our summers!



These shots were taken in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, in the Far North. A beautiful spot with some incredible scenery.



As New Zealand is so small, it’s not hard to head to another part of the country for the weekend. It only takes 80 minutes to fly from Auckland (near the top of the North Island) to Christchurch (middle of the South Island). During the summer I have always tried to get away from the cities for weekends to the beaches or prime walking spots, such as Rangitoto Island, an old volcano in the middle of Auckland Harbor, or Piha to walk the lush forest areas. During the winter I love escaping to the lake areas where there are great ski fields like Queenstown and Taupo or  Hanmer Springs or Rotorua with it’s thermal hot springs. As you can see, i’m a loyal member of the New Zealand fan club. I haven’t always been, in fact I couldn’t wait to get out and see the world. But it’s like that old saying – you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Now that i’m gone, I see exactly what I had, and as much as i’m loving New York and America, I really do miss my homeland. 



My dog enjoying the water on a nature walk (above) the views over the Hauraki Golf from the top of Rangitoto Island


I used to think New Zealand winters got very cold. Turns out I was wrong. New York winters are cold! The lowest temperature the most southern parts of New Zealand gets in the winter is 14°F (-10°C), and that doesn’t happen all that often, but could be as warm as 59°F (15°C) in the winter. Don’t get me wrong, this is still cold and if you’re in the south you’re going to need thermals! But I’ve never had to wear layers before. Currently i’m wearing about five layers on the top. In New Zealand I rarely wore more than a long sleeved-tee and a jumper in the winter months! Needless to say I didn’t own the appropriate clothes for the New York winter! In the warmer months (November – March) the average temperature ranges from 68-86°F (20-30°C). Just the right temperature – not too hot but not too cold either. The New Zealand winters are typically spent making the most of the numerous ski fields while the summers are spent at the beach and having regular BBQ’s.


The beautiful Ocean Beach on Whangarei Heads and the view from Waiheke Island looking out towards the Coromandel Peninsular 


Generally, most Kiwi’s love summer. I am no exception. It’s my favorite time of the year. I spend a lot of time outside, climbing the hills, going to the beach, walking through forests and visiting waterfalls. Therefore it was an incredibly hard decision to leave my beloved summer behind and make the move to New York, just as the Northern Hemisphere entered winter! Keeping in mind I had just had a long and cold (what I used to believe was cold) winter, and I wasn’t super keen on repeating it, but the adventures to be had overseas were too hard to ignore, especially as I had a serious case of ‘itchy feet’


This is me enjoying one of New Zealand’s amazing beaches and Whangarei Falls in Whangarei




“Itchy feet” is a term commonly used in New Zealand for people wanting to travel/explore the world, and this is what eventually got me, along with my partner in crime, Jesse, to America. I will tell you all about it in my next post.

Have you guys ever heard the term Kiwi? A lot of people I’ve come across think I’m talking about the fruit (which we actually call kiwifruit). Have you visited New Zealand, or plan to in the near future?

Read more at PART II

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