A year in people #55 – J

I'd just split up with my boyfriend (read: was dumped) here in New Zealand and had nowhere to live. I was fairly new, didn't know that many people, didn't really know what to do and was just generally feeling a bit sideswiped and shit. I had one new friend, B, who I'd messaged, telling her … Continue reading A year in people #55 – J

Queenstown Marathon – Nov 2018

I'd signed up for Queenstown marathon a few months before it, when I realised I hadn't set myself a challenge for a while. After doing the Wadi Rum Ultra in 2017, and then moving to New Zealand and it all going a little bit differently to how I had thought it would meant that I'd … Continue reading Queenstown Marathon – Nov 2018

A weekend in Hanmer Springs

I've been to Hanmer Springs a fair few times now. It's actually is one of my favourite places in the South Island. Given it's only about 1 hour 40 minutes from Christchurch it's an easy destination to go for a weekend, or even a day depending on how much you like driving and who's in your … Continue reading A weekend in Hanmer Springs

The HIIT Squad

When I first moved to Christchurch, I tried to find a BMF (British Military Fitness) replacement. Well maybe not a replacement, as BMF Cheltenham was pretty special, but something similar. Something outside, high intensity, fun and maybe involving mud, and somewhere I could make friends. I didn't want somewhere to just go, work out, not … Continue reading The HIIT Squad

Bellbird Buster 30km race

The Bellbird Buster is a 30km trail race in the Port Hills in Christchurch, New Zealand, part of the Crater Rim Ultra event and was my first proper trail race. The week before we'd had pretty hot sunny Spring weather so I was stoked to think I'd be skipping about the top of the hills … Continue reading Bellbird Buster 30km race

A year in New Zealand

365 days ago I had packed up my entire life into a storage container, farmed some stuff out to friends houses, dropped a few Important Things with my parents and stood at the airport with two bags and my passport ready to start a new adventure. I have mixed emotions. Happy at how my life … Continue reading A year in New Zealand

NZ food stuff

Having been here for a while now, and having to eat to, you know, survive, means I've been getting familiar with NZ food stuff. It's not majorly different to the UK in terms of general cuisine, but there's a few things that are 'traditionally kiwi': Lollies - these mean sweets. Any kind of sweets. Boiled … Continue reading NZ food stuff

New Zealand: 8 months in

Well, I think it's safe to say it's been, shall we say, eventful since I landed on NZ shores eight months ago. Hell, it's been a bloody eventful year-and-a-bit ever since I decided on a whim to move to the other side of the world last year. You probably all know by now that the … Continue reading New Zealand: 8 months in

First winter in New Zealand

First winter for a while actually. For the last few years I've done a good job of escaping to the southern hemisphere over the UK winter for the majority of January. I don't like the cold, you see, and January is pretty grim in the UK and never-bloody-ending. Imagine my DELIGHT to end up moving … Continue reading First winter in New Zealand