Wellington & Around

 

Word on the Street Blog 

 

 

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Cuba Street- I honestly walked down this street at least once a day and i still managed to see new things and discover new places. Its especially entertaining on a Saturday where the whole street livens up and the people watching becomes an olympic sport. 

Good As Gold- this store is literally good as gold and the prices resemble it, but oh is it fun to explore. The store is beautifully designed and stocked with the trendiest brands. they have a sale section upstairs so be sure to check that out! They also do a lot of events so be sure to look for those!

Karen Walker- she is local designer that made it big time. I'm absolutely in love with her "runaway girl" logo. Once again, being a designer things can be pricey, however I couldn't leave the store empty handed. So a friend and I got creative and decided to buy the charm "runaway girl" for $60 and put it on our own chain. worked out perfect. Instead of paying $200 for the necklace, we made our own for only $60. 

Wild Pair-  one word SHOES! New Zealand shoes are on point a long with all of their fashion trends. This place has a wonderful selection but wait for sales as it can be a bit expensive. 

Wellington Apothecary-  as a lover of all things natural & 'homeopathic' this store was a dream. They are filled with the yummiest essential oils, teas, lotions and more. AND on Fridays they have free consultations (how cool) 

The Service Depot

Superette- if i could dress myself entirely from one store I think it would be this one. Nearly everything is black. It's another high end store so things are not cheap but i'm one of those people who can thoroughly enjoy window shopping with 0$ in my pocket. weird, I know. 

Huffer-  In attempts to limit my shopping while abroad I made a rule that i could only purchase something if it was a New Zealand brand... 'worked for a while' but my first purchase was a black lightweight Huffer jacket. I literally wore this this every day. It's perfect. 

Area 51-

 

 

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Kaffee Eis 


Wellington Chocolate Factory - a kid in a candy store. LITERALLY. Growing up 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was one of my favorite movies so discovering this place was very exciting. You can see massive pots of melted chocolate mixing and employees in the back chopping up blocks of chocolate 

Fix and Fog Peanut Butter window  these guys were straight out of a kinfolk magazine I couldn't stop photographing them. As a connoisseur of nut butters I have to say this is one of the best I've ever encountered. I first stumbled upon this place due to the cute "peanut butter" sign... like who can ignore that? So we walked up and were greeted by a very friendly man who offered us samples of peanut butter on a silver spoon... um yes please?! Needless to say any chance I had to bring a new taste tester I did. 


The Little Waffle Shop- this little hole in the wall 'literally' is home to some seriously cute & delicious waffles. Not to mention, in my experience, the men serving the waffles are pretty dang cute, too. 


Midnight espresso

Flight Coffee




drink & dance

Meow 

The Library  

-eat a meat pie 


tips & tricks

-Ice coffee !

-snapper card for bus

-no tipping

-usually pay at till

-hostels 

-Hitchike 

-Pack light 

-Flying can be cheaper 

-Buy a car

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South Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queenstown- I don't even know where to begin with this one, it is easily one of my favorite places in all of New Zealand. I remember thinking that a place this beautiful couldn't be real. I went on two separate occasions. The first time was with one of my best friends Jeana we went for a week and stayed at The Base Hostel- this hostel had the perfect location and if you're young and looking to meet people and party this hostel is what you're looking for. However, if you're a light sleeper I recommend staying a bit farther away from the main strip such as The Hippo Hostel- this hostel is about a 5 minute walk from the center but much quieter and has an incredible view. Both Hostels had their own kitchens make your own meals which saved us a lot of money! The base hostel had a movie theater if you're feeling like a night in and area on the main floor that will help you plan out any excursions you're desiring. The staff was super helpful and helped us plan out 3 days of snowboarding, and a trip to milford sound using naked bus tours. We went snowboarding for about $115 a day including a ride to the mountain. The mountains we road at were Cardrona, Treble Cone and The Remarkables. I highly recommend taking a bus if you don't have a reliable car or feel comfortable driving without guards because the drive is pretty extreme.  

 We rented our gear for about $40 a day because we chose to get the higher quality stuff. 

  You absolutely have to eat a Fergburger while you're there, even if you're veggie (they have falafel) but make sure you go at an odd time because the line can get crazy.  Another favorite is VUDU Cafe  this place is a dream come true, its a little bit pricer but well worth it! The 'grilled halloumi and free range poached eggs' was my favorite and big enough to share! Queenstown is known for its amazing bars and we took full advantage of this, so finding "rehab" juice & smoothie bar was a lifesaver.  Ferg Bakery 

 

Speaking of bars my all time favorite was The Find this place was alice and wonderland themed and had little tea pot drinks (so cute) another was The Rhino's Ski Shack  this place is somewhat hidden, has great beer & plays snowboarding on the tv so it felt like home for my jeanbean. To be honest this place is small, you literally just walk around and you'll find great places. 

 

Kaikoura- this quant little town is the perfect little get away. I remember thinking why don't more people live here? Its views were insane! Picture massive snowcapped mountains AND the turquoise ocean in the same frame... it was an unreal mix. This place will always be one of the dreamiest places because I fulfilled my childhood dream of swimming with wild dolphins in the open ocean check out my video of the experience.  A must do is visiting the seal pups playing in a waterfall check out this video on my instagram and read a bit about it on this blog. We also camped out 3 nights here and it felt like we were in a globe of stars. It was the most magical night sky I have ever encountered. 

 

 

Christchurch- this city had so much soul. 

 

Just 45 minutes away from Christchurch is Castle hill which in 2002 was named the 'spiritual center of the universe' by the Dalai Lama. Thats enough for me to want to check it out. 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to make some awesome friends throughout my travels who captured some amazing pictures & videos. Check 'em out 

Pete Milnes Instagram

Pete Milnes Video (South Island)

Kestrel Kloppenburg Instagram 

Claire Hachenberger Instagram 

Kelsie Vanmeveren Instagram 

Here are some New Zealand Instagram's i've found interesting