Tag Archives: New Zealand

My 28th Year: On the Places I Once Called Home

Solo traveling through Sydney, Australia in 2013 - The Atlas Heart

You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place. // Miriam Adeney

I’m currently on a train in Scotland, rolling through the lush green countryside. There are deep blue-grey lochs on my left and clean white light filtering through the many windows in my car. 

This is my life, or at least it has been for the past 5 years. I somehow find myself in the most beautiful places, usually by myself, or all to myself, if you frame it that way. 

It’s my 28th birthday this Saturday. The past years have been a whirlwind of travel memories, some of my strongest friendships, losses, and countless new beginnings. 

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A Guide to Getting a New Zealand Work Visa for US Citizens

A Guide to Getting a New Zealand Work Visa for US Citizens


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My second installment on how to secure a work visa down under, this is my New Zealand edition where I’ll show you how easy it is to get a New Zealand work visa for US citizens!

Last time, I talked about how easy it can be to get a work visa for Australia, but if you also want to work and travel to that place from The Lord of the Rings, keep reading to see how it’s even easier (and much cheaper!) to gain a New Zealand holiday work visa.

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What to Eat in New Zealand: 20 Things You Have to Try

What to Eat in New Zealand: 20 Things You Have to Try

Discover the classic, traditional, and just plan quirky Kiwi meals in this guide of what to eat in New Zealand.


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You may have noticed by now on this blog that I have a slight fondness for New Zealand. I’m enamored with the friendly people, the scenery, the Maori culture, and the wildlife, but would you be surprised to hear that I am also partial to New Zealand food and drinks?

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7 Must See Places in New Zealand

7 Must See Places in New Zealand - Milford Sound

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Must see places in New Zealand to blow you away and give you a good overview of just how beautiful and diverse this country can be.

New Zealand is the land of natural beauty. It’s a country that draws people from all over the world who want to experience nature at its finest. Seriously, the amount of outdoor activities and adventures to go on as soon as you step foot in the country will make your head spin, as well as the abundance of New Zealand wonders on both the north and south island.

I was lucky enough to travel around a good portion of New Zealand while living in Wellington for a year, and I came away with some incredible experiences and stories of places I could’ve only ever imagined (or seen in Lord of the Rings).

New Zealand is a special place for me to be sure, so I wanted to share with you guys my favorite must see places in New Zealand that completely blew me away. It’s a another world down under, and I hope you get to experience it for yourself one day, if you haven’t already.

Whether it’s your first time in the country, or you’re coming back for yet another visit, these are the must see places in New Zealand that you can’t miss!

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My Favorite Moments of 2015

My Favorite Moments of 2015 - The Atlas Heart

The best highlights and adventures from New Zealand to California in 2015

As I went through and reviewed this past year, a few moments in particular really stuck out to me as the best highlights from 2015. Since these moments had such an important impact on creating a great year, I wanted to tell you the anecdotes behind them and why they were so special to me.

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What I Really Thought of Christchurch

Christchurch Construction - New Zealand

I have to be honest with you guys, I’ve been putting this post off for months.

I try to start and every time I stare into the blank page, the cursor blinking back at me, taunting me to begin. The truth is, Christchurch is a hard place to talk about because it’s not a place that I enjoyed. It’s a difficult statement to make for me, because it’s a city that has been through so much and one that I wanted to support and love with open arms.

But, in the spirit of sincerity, I thought it was finally time to share with you all what I really thought of Christchurch.

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Kaikoura: The Cutest Seaside Town in New Zealand

Wellington may have the cultural flair, Auckland the big city lights, but Kaikoura has something even better: a welcoming close-knit community with an eye for the colorful eccentricies that make life interesting.

Kaikoura is a little seaside town on the East Coast of the South Island in New Zealand. Between its natural beauty, resident Fur Seals, abundance of coastal dolphins, and quirky attractions, it’s a place where everyone should make a visit.

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