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The Bay of Islands | Play More Everyday

A three hour drive (or 35 minute flight) north of Auckland, Bay of Islands is an aquatic playground of 144 islands off the coast of Paihia, popular for sailing, kayaking and swimming with dolphins. From waterfalls to wine, Bay of Islands has it all. Go see for yourself and live the Kiwi Dream.

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Weekends in New Zealand: Queenstown

Right, so you’ve got your working holiday visa sorted and landed a sweet job in one of the most beautiful, epic and adrenaline-fuelled countries in the world… New Zealand! But let’s just take a moment to remember your Gap Year is not all work and no play, you have to make the most of your time in this incredible country and that my friend, is where your weekends come in!

Imagine spending a weekend in the thrill-seeking, adventure capital of Queenstown. Here are 5 awesome activities that will help you make the most of your time there…

1.Go skydiving!


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Weekends in New Zealand: Auckland & Waiheke Island

So you’ve got a working holiday visa for the epic country that is New Zealand… great decision! *virtual high fives all around* Trust us you are not going to regret this move. But if you’re thinking how am I going to see this incredible country if I’m working every day? Well, HELLO that’s where your weekends come in!

Imagine spending a glorious weekend on the two gems of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland & Waiheke Island! Here’s just a little taster of what you could get up to…

1.Climb a sky tower

What about taking to the dizzying heights of Auckland’s Sky Tower? Think you’re brave enough to inch along the narrow walkway at the top? By the way there’s no handrail, nothing but thin air between you and the city 192 metres below. But just imagine waking up on a sunny Saturday morning and taking in a 360 degree view of the city. If that’s not enough adrenaline for you, then try jumping from the tower at 85km an hour! If Beyoncé can do it…


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7 reasons NOT to go to New Zealand on your Gap Year!

If you’re thinking about having a Gap Year in New Zealand, you may want to stop and consider a few things before you make any rash decisions. Sky-diving, eating delicious burgers, soaking up views of sheer beauty, meeting nice people, visiting movie sets can have serious effects on your wellbeing. EXTREMELY serious.

So here are a few reasons why you might* want to reconsider New Zealand for your Gap Year…

*might = keyword here.

1.Your life back home will seem a little bit boring

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Does Fergburger do the best burgers in the world?

Did I mention I’ve been to New Zealand’s South Island? Well, I did, and it was amazing (here are five reasons why it was so awesome). I wasted no time in telling people I was going, and asked those who’d already been for some tips. Normal questions, you know – where was your favourite place? What do I have to do? What’s the one thing I can’t miss?

The answers were really diverse – New Zealand has so much to offer, after all. But the one thing everyone seemed to agree on was that when I was in Queenstown, I had to go to Fergburger. “Where?” was my naïve response. Cue gasps of indignation, cries of “You’ve never heard of Fergburger?” and similar responses to make me feel the same way I felt when I was at university and revealed I ’d never seen the film E.T.

If, like I was, you’re a Fergburger virgin, here’s a quick rundown. Fergburger is a Queenstown institution, having served huge, juicy burgers since 2001. It’s pretty much a rite of passage for anyone heading to Queenstown, and many claim that they’d swim back to New Zealand for a bite of the burgery goodness.

Behold, the mighty Fergburger | Image by me

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