Sunday, February 19, 2017
I wish I was back here already!
The start of February was a dream as Robbie and I went for a holiday to Queenstown, New Zealand - the land of hobbits and serene views. We were on a very tight budget (as I had just quit my job the week before) but we didn't let that hinder our plans. We decided that we wouldn't be doing the touristy adrenalin attractions but instead just take in all of our surroundings and go on mini adventures.
Staying at the loveliest bnb, The Alpine Retreat up in the mountains left us speechless (the third photo is the view of where we stayed). Our hosts were absolutely amazing, great chats, yummy breakfasts and we got to take in the views of the lake and mountain ranges, whilst sipping Port in the Spa on the balcony. Thanks again, Gavin & Simone.
Here are some of the things that we did while we were there, that we most definitely recommend:
1. Jacks Point - A cute little settlement that has a Golf Course and Clubhouse where you can go to eat and look out at the views. Photo #5 was taken at the wharf just outside the restaurant.
2. The Remarkables - We headed up as far as we could go, obviously we went in Summer but this is normally where people do snow sports in the winter. The views again are amazing.
3. Glenorchy & Paradise - The drive from Queenstown to Glenorchy was one of my favourites as you are driving right along the lake and mountainside. It was nothing like I've ever experienced before and it's true what they say, photos really don't do it justice. We passed through Glenorchy and headed along gravel roads to get to a place called Paradise where there was a lot of forestry and a little bridge and creek that was unreal and super worth checking out. I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere but it was such an amazing feeling.
4. The World Bar - a hip vibe, lots of plants, teapots and chill. I had the Quinoa Wrap and Salad with a Blue Angel Teapot Cocktail and I was more than impressed with both.
5. Dark Ride Queenstown was a 3D motion master that I thought would be fun to do for Robbie but turns out I had more fun than I expected, killing Zombies and Monsters.
6. Bobs Cove - Went for a mini hike and photoshoot w Kate Roberge Photography - see blog post here. I couldn't believe how blue the water was, it was too cold to swim, but I really had an urge to jump off the wharf.
7. Onsen Hot Pools - You MUST go here in your travels. The first photo is of me in our hot pool looking out over the beautiful landscape. We even got a package that offered you either 2 x beer/wine, 2 x crisps/icecream, 2 x water, 2 x towels and a scented candle.
8. The Crown Ranges - This was Robbie's favourite thing to drive (as long as you don't get stuck behind slow tourists). Everything was so surreal! This drive was from Queenstown to Wanaka.
9. Cardrona/Bradrona - We could not go through Cardrona without stopping at thee gold old Hotel and Bar. Bradrona on the other hand was a good time and I saw a bajillion bras all hanging on the fence to support breast cancer awareness.
10. Wanaka - So beautiful and picturesque. Nuff said.
11. Arrowtown - Our trip to Arrowtown was cut short because we were running out of time in the day, so we didn't get to see the museum or ride bikes like we had planned. We did, however, walk around the township, get an icecream at Patagonia and visit The Remarkable Sweet Shop. We then called up Fergburger before heading back to Queenstown as we didn't want to wait in those huge lines outside the shop. I got the bun laden (falafel burger) and if I'm being honest, Robbie and I thought it was good but seriously overrated.
12. Queenstown Hill - Great hike to do whilst in Queenstown, the views were insane.
13. Akarua Winery - They have a beautiful winery and wine tasting for $5 (or free if you end up buying a bottle). We bought a couple of bottles back for my mum and brother for looking after the pets while we were away.
14. Fear Factory - If Ed Sheeran did it then so can we, right?! This haunted house was pretty scary but I think Robbie handsdown screamed a bajillion times more than I did.
15. Cookie Muncher Cookie Bar - If you like ice cream/milk and cookies, this is the place for YOU!
16. Vudu Larder Cafe - The best food and a lot of vegan/veggie options which is always a winner (Other places that we didn't get to try but would have was Bespoke and Balls & Bangles)
17. Devils Staircase - The drive from Queenstown to Invercargill is also a must-see.
Next time we would definitely stay for longer, as we found that 4 days just wasn't enough. There were so many hikes and other adventures still to be explored. We would also like to do the gondolas and the flying fox or big swing.
After Queenstown, we headed further South to visit Robbie's sister and be there for her 21st! She took us to Gore, Invercargill and Bluff while we were staying with her - but if I'm being honest - there isn't that much to do in any of these places. However, spending time with family was more worth it than anything.
All in all, it was such a wonderful trip and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
If you have been to Queenstown or the South Island before, what are your favourite activities or places to visit?
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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We're so in love with her work. Thanks again, Kate!
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
It's a new year and what better time to start my health journey!
I'm getting that much older and my once-fast metabolism is slowing down and I've been finding that the foods I used to consume are not as good to me. It didn't help that my old job was working from home on my laptop where food was constantly at my fingertips. I didn't really exercise and I found myself overeating a lot - out of boredom or just because it was too good to stop.
I joined 'My Fitness Pal' which helps you manage what foods you eat and keeps you disciplined in what foods are higher in calories than others. It just makes you aware of what you're putting into your body. NB: I'm not dieting, I'm just watching my food intake and I still eat the treats I used to, just not as excessively. To date I have lost 2kgs in 2 weeks just by keeping to my calorie goal and managing what I'm eating, along with regular exercise.
Just recently, I also got a Fitbit Flex 2 which has been helping me count my steps and showing the calories I've burned when I exercise. It's been super great as it's waterproof so I can swim with it and if I wear it to bed I can count the calories I'm losing as I sleep. You can also set an alarm that vibrates when it's time to wake up as well as notifying you of an incoming call, so I've literally got it plastered to my wrist 24/7 (unless it's on charge). I received a silver bracelet c/o of Fitbit that I can swap out my device from the normal wristband, if I'm wanting to wear a more dressy look.
Will definitely be sharing with you more about my healthy journey in blog posts to come!
Are you doing something similar? Feel free to share your health/fitness journey with me in the comments below! Let's motivate each other!
Monday, January 2, 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOLKS!
Robbie and I spent our New Year in the Bay of Islands at a peaceful retreat called Pagoda Lodge, where we camped (and glamped) for a few nights surrounded by nature and all of the good things. We even fell asleep before midnight - you know you're getting older when that happens.
We explored Paihia and Russell and even swam at a beautiful beach called Matauri bay. I don't normally swim as I have a huge fear of sea creatures but the water was so crystal clear enough that I could see my feet. Walks among tall Kauri trees, devouring fresh fruit fro-yo and swims beneath a waterfall made the start of the year so refreshing. There was so much to see and do that we have already planned on making another trip back up there this year. I didn't want to leave.
What did you get up to for New Years Eve?
Wishing you all of the love, joy and happiness this year! 2017 is going to be a good one!
Friday, November 25, 2016
I'm happy to say good-bye to the flatting life and hello to a place I can finally call home. My partner, Robbie and I have moved into a sweet little place in the heart of Chartwell, Hamilton. It's a cute home with lots of sunlight and good vibes. I'm enjoying cooking meals and making the place feel homely for us. If you've been following along with my Instagram posts and stories, I even have my very own office. It's been super swell, we are finally adulting and I couldn't be happier!
We have our housewarming tonight with a few of our good friends. It will be so great to celebrate this new step with the special people in our lives!
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Got a wonderful package in the mail last month filled with sophistication and a little bit of sass! This Marc Bale watch is silver and black (two colours/tones that I wear all the time). The nail ring I picked out of a range of beautiful bracelets, necklaces and rings from The PeachBox. It caught my eye as I liked its edgy look and I knew it would fit in well with my ring collection.
Hunt their online store and tell me what things you like?
Sunday, October 30, 2016
I got a big Eevee Plushie (my fave Pokemon), an Artemis phone case (one of the two cats off Sailor Moon, as well as a little Totoro & Artemis keyring.
What would you dress up as if you went/did go?