Magical Train Journeys Around the World – A Few …

Magical Train Journeys Around the World – A Few Of My Favourites.

It may be a cliche, but sometimes the journey can be just as astonishing as the destination. I love catching trains. The ease, the ability to wander around whilst speeding through the countryside, the sweeping corners, the friendly people dispensing hot tea, staring out the windows for hours as the world chugs past, generous luggage allowances and the whistling engineers with grease smudges in their eye and rosy cheeks. All you need is a train… View Post

5 Day trips from Christchurch, New Zealand

5 Day trips from Christchurch, New Zealand

Once you have had your fill of exploring Christchurch (and drinking the cracking coffee) there are 5 places you have to make a day trip of whilst at the tip of the South Island. Crowning the list is one of the top railway journeys in the world – the Tranzalpine journey from Christchurch to Greymouth. Cross the fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, and enjoy thrilling vistas over deep gorges as you travel alongside the… View Post

10 things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand

10 things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch broke our hearts. 4 years after the 2011 6.3 magnitude earthquake, there are still families affected by the violent tectonic shaking and insurance companies running out of budget to get them back on their feet. Everywhere you walk through the quiet city there are reminders of the devastation – a half standing Cathedral surrounded by fallen masonry, orange construction cones barring entry and staircases leading to nowhere. On the flip side, the ‘number-8’ wire… View Post

New Zealand, Lord of the Rings and confessions …

New Zealand, Lord of the Rings and confessions of a guilty expat

The most I had ever seen of New Zealand’s South Island was in Lord of the Rings movies. There, I said it, my guilty secret. For all the world that I’ve been lucky enough to travel, I’ve carried a skeleton in my travel wishlist with me that made me ashamed to call myself a New Zealander. Most Brits that I’ve met remark on how Kiwis and Aussies on their OE have explored more of the… View Post

Otago Rail Trail, New Zealand (Guest Post: Rebecca)

Otago Rail Trail, New Zealand (Guest Post: Rebecca)

Fellow London Kiwi, bubbly, cat-loving, flat-white drinking and exercise-hating +Rebecca Blandford has kindly taken over Adventures of a London Kiwi, with her exploration of the Otago Rail Trail, in the South Island of New Zealand.   I told you that this week would be a bevvie of beautiful bloggers didn’t I? ————————————————————- The Otago Rail Trail, a Runaway Kiwi and a killer Lamb.   The ever amazing Emma asked me to guest post on her blog, and being a… View Post