Lord of the Fries

Do you love hot chips (fries) as much as I do? Then ‘Lord of the Fries‘ is the place to be for amazing and delicious hot chips. I think they make the best chips in the World. They are everywhere in Australia, but Melbourne has many stores and they are available everywhere. They have different dips/sauces that can be bought …

Whale watching scenic flight

Since it is whale watching season, I thought may be it is time for me to post about watching the whales from a flight. I have always watched these beautiful gentle giants from a lookout point or from a boat. I had never even thought of seeing them from up in the air. While my visit to Kaikoura in New Zealand, …

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua is home for many geothermal parks. A less famous one is the Waimangu Volcanic valley. It is the World’s youngest geothermal valley. The lakes are craters were created due to the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption. It has some of the distinct and beautiful geothermal lakes. It is said that the volcano has erupted around 5 times in the last …

Lake Waikaremoana Hike

I have decided to do more of multi day hikes. So, while searching for more walks in Australia and New Zealand, my friend Vijay and I stumbled upon the Lake Waikaremoana Track. We did a lot of research, but there was not one place where the entire information was available. So, I have decided to bring all the information together …

Backpacking in South Island!

I have been to New Zealand many times before. Its a beautiful country and my most favourite country as well, so visiting this part of the World is almost like an annual ritual. This time around, I decided to do a backpacking trip in the South Island. South Island is the biggest island of the two islands in New Zealand. …

Jucy Snooze Christchurch

I stumbled upon Jucy Snooze pods while researching for hostels near Christchurch airport. And I must say it is definitely one of the coolest places I have ever stayed at. It is just 10 minutes walk from the international airport. The whole check in and out process is automated and it is a very simple process. The check in process …

Stewart Island – Complete guide

Stewart Island is the third biggest island in New Zealand. The island lies about 30 kilometers south of South Island. The best thing about Stewart Island is its wildlife and the estimated population of the island is around 400 people, which means less crowd. It is also known as Rakiura. The word ‘Rakiura’ is the Maori word, translating to the …

1 day in Wanaka!

Anyone who has traveled in New Zealand would be very fond of Wanaka. It’s a beautiful small town. It is in the Otago region of South Island in New Zealand. Note: This post is for budgeted travelers like me. How to reach Wanaka? Intercity NZ is the most famous provide that run buses very frequently between Christchurch or Queenstown and …

The first time I asked for a drop!

After walking for almost 2 kilometres in Mt Cook (New Zealand), I realised I cannot keep walking for another 10 kilometres to reach the starting point of my hike 😅. Yes, I had decided to do a hike on a rainy day. Maybe in clear nice days, I could have thought about it, but not today when it was pouring. …

4 line Ziplining!

Queenstown is the place to be if you love adventures and if you are an adventure junkie. Ranging from Bungee jumping to Skydiving to Jetboating, Queenstown has it all. This is definitely my favourite place in New Zealand. The vibe and the air of this place is itself amazing. Since I have bungee jumped in Queenstown and have skydived twice …

Mt Iron loop walk!

If you want panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and Wanaka town, Mt Iron Summit is definitely the place to be. Mt Iron is about 573 metres high and is one of the prominent mountains visible from Wanaka town. The Mt Iron car park is about 2 kilometres from the Town centre. And that is the starting point of the hike. …

Mt John – South Summit Walk

Tekapo is a small town located in the inland South Island in New Zealand. One of the must dos when in Tekapo is hiking the South Summit of Mt John. The walk starts off at the hot springs and makes its way through the lush green forest, till the Summit and then to the Cafe at the observatory. Undoubtedly the …

Transportation: Christchurch International Airport to Hostel

I landed in Christchurch at around 1 AM. I was worried that my only options to get to my hostel (YHA Christchurch) would be taxis or Uber, which could cost me somewhere from NZD 40-80. In fact, earlier that day I had called the hostel reception and had inquired the cheapest and safest way to get there. The answer that …

Budgeted stay in Australia & New Zealand

Why I love hostels? For a regular traveler like me, I prefer staying at hostels because: They are cheap (sometimes I get a bed for as cheap as AUD 27). You meet some amazing and interesting people. I am still friends with some of them I met during my travels. It is safe for a solo female traveler. Which hostel …

Swimming with dusky dolphins 🐬 

‘I can manage in the ocean’ I said. ‘I am not sure, the sea is moderate today and we are not letting any non-swimmers go inside the water’, one of the staff at Dolphin Encounter said. ‘Please, I really think this would be easy and I have done it once in the past. If you say that your wet suits …

3 days itinerary in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a beautiful coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It is about 3 hours drive from Christchurch. It truly is one of the most beautiful coastal towns I have ever seen. It is definitely a place to be for people who look for adventures in water activities. Kaikoura provides ample opportunities to view and witness the …