Author Archives: Jennifer Holder

About Jennifer Holder

I like to dance, laugh and draw things on MS Paint. My life is basically TN -> NY -> NZ -> TN -> ??

NOM: West Coast Brewery

Soon after we had arrived down on the South Island goals became clear: We were to taste as much beer as possible. Even if it meant going off our desired route to do so. West Coast Brewery is located in … Continue reading

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FML: Sandflies

Warning: This will make you itch. When you’re traveling around New Zealand, there are no real dangers, at least animal wise. The highest member of the food chain (minus humans) are opossums. But there is a whole different type of … Continue reading

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NOM: Founders Brewery

Nelson is a nice, quiet town with loads of confusing roundabouts, wearable art, and most importantly, breweries. When we stopped through, we only had time (and as this was the same day as our Marlborough winery tours, stamina) to go … Continue reading

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NOM: Marlborough Wineries (and Breweries!)

Ahh, Marlborough, easily New Zealand’s most famous wine country and home to some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc.  Besides beautiful countryside, Marlborough rests in and around Blenheim, a town with a charm all its own.  Our first taste of … Continue reading

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KEWL: Cook Strait Ferry

  The Cook Strait Ferry is an inevitable part of visiting New Zealand if you choose to go to both islands (and don’t have lots of extra cash for flying).  There are two choices: Bluebridge and Interislander.  Price wise, both … Continue reading

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NOM: Felix

After that first week of peanut butter sandwiches and cans of beans, when we got to Wellington, we wanted meat. Only there for a few days before making our way to the South Island, we chose to grab a bite … Continue reading

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KEWL: Waikanae and Paraparaumu Beach

After a quick stop through Whanganui (truthfully, I felt like we should have stayed there the rest of our lives after that terrifying car journey) and then on to Palmerston North (which we were less than impressed by to say … Continue reading

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KEWL: Rotorua

Laurel has been to New Zealand before, and she gave one definite warning about Rotorua – it smells like poo. That’s because Rotorua, the “Las Vegas of New Zealand,” is a relaxing wonderland of geysers, hot springs and mud pools, … Continue reading

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KEWL: Waiwera

When travelling from Auckland up to the northern part of the North Island (say that four times fast), there is a toll. Luckily, unlike New Jersey, there are ways around the toll. And that way around runs through a small, … Continue reading

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KEWL: Dome Forest

After getting the campervan and dealing with someone* almost losing the keys and causing us to never leave Auckland at all, we finally set off toward the Waipoua Forest, our first stop on our road trip. At first, we were … Continue reading

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