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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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Where can I catch the Lions games next year in NZ?

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! It’s time for one of the BIGGEST events in the rugby calendar and it’s the Kiwi’s turn to host… say Kia Ora to the British & Irish Lions Tour 2017 in New Zealand! Kicking off in Whangarei on the North Island this 10 game “feast of rugby” spans almost six weeks taking in the best of the North and South Island. You guys get a choice of seven host cities to explore, with Wellington and Auckland being two awesome highlights. There’s PLENTY to do in between the matches and venues, with NZ being the adrenaline capital of the world, take your pick from sky-diving, bungy-jumping, white water rafting… the list goes on! Watch some incredible rugby and explore the thrilling country of New Zealand at the same time.

The Lions

Image: www.telegraph.co.uk


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8 places in New Zealand you can have all to yourself

Today’s blog comes from lola.photography, she’s a New Zealand photographer travelling the world one beautiful photograph at a time.

Escape the crowds and have a piece of New Zealand all to yourself. Here’s my pick of 8 places in New Zealand just waiting for you to visit…

Muriwai Beach


If you and your mates happen to rent a couple of 4WD’s, you can literally have a stretch of beach as far as the eye can see all to yourselves. There are several 4WD tracks through Woodhill Forest that run along the West Coast of Auckland. A sweet 30 – 45 minute drive from Auckland’s North Shore will see you dune surfing and skinny dipping in the golden sunset without a soul in sight. Then snuggle up under the night sky and watch for satellites and shooting stars (plenty of them!)
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Shoulder to shoulder: Top 5 things to do during New Zealand’s shoulder season

Many of us tend to forget just how awesome travelling in New Zealand can be, it’s pretty much like having the world in miniature because there’s something new to do every day. From the North Island filled with sandy surf beaches (also home to some of the world’s most stunning National parks!) to exploring the capital city Wellington which is bursting with art and culture, right down to the South Island with its epic glaciers and adventure capital, Queenstown. New Zealand has it all.

So it’s obvious there’s enough awesomeness in New Zealand to go, but deciding when exactly can be bit a little bit trickier. Enter: shoulder season.

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What can I get out of a working holiday in New Zealand?

A working holiday in New Zealand is a fantastic way to gain work experience abroad and earn a few dollars while you do it. It gives you the flexibility to fund your trip while you explore the country and in the process make some great mates! It may sound scary but it’s not as hard as you think. The visa process is really simple, great value compared to other countries and STA can help you every step of the way. The experience of working in New Zealand is invaluable. Here’s what you can get out of living and working in one of the most beautiful countries in the world:

1.Make new mates


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