Hobbiton

Obviously when I told people I was going to New Zealand the number one thing I heard about was The Lord of the Rings. I had seen the movies in grade 7, we watched them in my class, which in retrospect was a huge waste of class time, but like I cared. I was not…

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

When I was thinking about how I was going to write about this, no words came to mind. Sometimes I think about how seeing photos of something can ruin your experience of actually going, because you know what to expect, or you go in with expectations and it doesn’t reach it. But this wasn’t anything…

Rotorua and Taupo

I’ve been really lucky these past two weeks to have visitors come to Auckland. First my mom and Ian started their trip down under by flying to Auckland spending a few days here with me. We were able to do somethings that have been on my Auckland to do list for a while, like Waiheke…

Northland Road Trip

This past weekend I took my first trip outside of Auckland to see the Northland of New Zealand. It was so exciting to start exploring the rest of this country! I rented a van with six friends, bought a $15 sleeping bag, filled the van with backpacks and food, and hit the road. We left…

Noho Marae

I had my first week of classes this week and I am going to write a post in the next few days about that. But I seriously need to write about this weekend right now! (also this is going to be really long, so strap in and get settled.) AUT has a whole department devoted…

Volcanic Adventures

A few months before I came here I was looking into Auckland and read that it was built on top of a volcanic field that has about 50 volcanoes. Obviously when I read this I was concerned at first. My only idea of volcanoes was them erupting with boiling lava and destroying everything around them….

Silo Park

Yesterday was a very full day. It had been raining the past two days so I wasn’t able to do as much as I had wanted to but I’ve made friends in my residence so I’ve been hanging with them. I had my international orientation from 9 to 4. It was a long day of…

WSA

I have now officially moved into my residence, Wellesley Student Apartments (WSA). On Friday I got a sim card and a New Zealand number (which I’m probably never going to remember because it’s so long). And I got a bus pass and rode the bus back (because it’s far and all up hill). I also…

Auckland Arrival

After about 24 hours of travel (and almost a year of preparation) I am finally here! It is currently 25 degrees and sunny outside, quite the step up from the freezing snowy temperatures I just escaped. I flew from Toronto to Houston, a measly 3 and a half hour flight compared to the 14 hour…

4 Days Out

Four days from now I’ll be stepping onto a plane headed for Auckland, New Zealand. I’ll be spending the next 5 months studying at the Auckland University of Technology and travelling around New Zealand and Australia. This is the farthest I’ve ever travelled and the longest I’ve ever been away from home. So as I’m…