I recently visited Queenstown and if you are yet to travel there I highly recommend you book yourself a plane ticket! I had high expectations but these were quickly blown out of the water as soon as I stepped off the plane. You can see the beautiful mountains from pretty much anywhere which is crazy! I hope these photos inspire you to visit Queenstown <3
I have been to Fiji a few times now, twice to Denarau Island and once to the Coral Coast. It’s just a 3 hour flight from Auckland so you don’t have to travel far for a tropical island getaway. Most of us New Zealanders hop over there during the winter months to try and escape the freezing cold. If you are traveling there between May – July you can expect it to be pretty busy. Especially if your travel dates fall within the New Zealand or Australia school holidays! Prices will also be higher during these dates so try avoid them if you can.
I have wanted to go parasailing for as long as I can remember. Heights don’t phase me and I love a good adrenaline rush. Unfortunately it is quite an expensive way to spend about 6 minutes in the air. It does go a lot slower when you are up there but it still flys by 😉
I’m the kind of person who always leaving packing their suitcase till the last-minute. Don’t ask me why, I don’t know… Probably because leading up to my trip I spend so much time researching where I want to go and what I want to see I totally forget about what I actually need to bring! Leaving packing till the last-minute turned around and bit me on the bum for my most recent trip. Turns out we ended up leaving a whole 24 hours earlier than anticipated, which severely messed with my last-minute packing plans. Lesson learnt…if your flight is at midnight or close to midnight triple check the dates!
About Nakalele Blowhole
The Nakalele Blowhole is located in the far North of Maui, Hawaii. It is a natural geyser where the ocean gets trapped in an underwater lava tube. Needing a way to escape, the Nakalele blowhole is born. The outlet is only about the size of a large tire but it can be extremely powerful. As you make your way down there are signs warning you not to get too close and to stay on dry rock. A man was actually killed in 2011 because he stood too close and was sucked into the blowhole. You can read the article here.
On days where the surf is up and there is a bit of wind the blowhole can reach a height of up to 100 feet! Sometimes larger waves can sweep up over the lava rock which is why it is important to not get too close. Make sure you observe the surf for a few minutes before venturing closer.
Keep an eye out for the famous heart shaped rock while you are here too!
Recently I travelled to Hawaii and on a snorkelling day trip they offered Snuba Diving. I had never heard of this before and was super curious to find out more. I used to be the ultimate water baby and mum was constantly having to drag me out of the water and this continued as I grew older. However, last summer I had a bit of a scare when a rip dragged me out into deep water where waves kept crashing on me and I struggled to breathe. This completely knocked my confidence in the water. Since then I have managed to get most of this confidence back and Hawaii was were I truly learned to love the water again.
It was only our second day in Hawaii and I have always thought I would never be able to scuba dive due to the fear of not being able to breathe properly. When I heard a crew member talk a bit more about scuba diving I decided to put my big girl pants on and just go for it and I’m so glad that I did!
Have you ever wanted to try clear kayaking?
If you are looking for something fun and adventurous to do clear kayaking is definitely the way to go. Head up to Goat Island for the day and rent a clear kayak, it is the perfect spot for it! It is $40 for a double kayak for 30mins which might seem a little pricey but it is 100% worth it. Seeing the ocean from a different perspective is so cool.
It can get pretty busy there during summer so book in advance if you don’t want to miss out!