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Unconventional Conventions

Lindsey Holdren May 11, 2013

From a US point of view, almost everything in New Zealand is backwards. People drive on the left side of the road, walk on the left side of the sidewalk, and pass people on the left. The location of the...

Trains: Pukerangi and Platform 9 3/4

Lindsey Holdren April 22, 2013

And so the family departed from Queenstown and began the journey to Dunedin. As fate would have it, upon leaving the hotel lobby I heard the same song - a girl band remake of ELO's Mr. Blue Sky - that...

The Lord of the Swings, Feasts Worthy of the Green Dragon, and New Year’s Eve

Lindsey Holdren April 11, 2013

I spent the last day of the old year doing the Shotover Bungee Swing. I jumped from over 300 feet (with a few seconds of free fall) into a canyon. I guess I'm beginning the transformative process of becoming...

Doubtful Sound

Doubtful Sound

Lindsey Holdren April 7, 2013

Doubtful Sound is in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park and was used as a backdrop in The Lord of the Rings (so of course we had to check it out). Fiordland is one of the rainiest places on Earth; the...

The Fellowship of the Ringers

The Fellowship of the Ringers

Lindsey Holdren March 29, 2013

Kiwis refer to The Lord of the Rings fans as "Ringers." My family is a rabid group of Ringers and we fed our hunger for all things Tolkienian (and my hunger for all things filmic) with a safari-style tour...

Quintessential Queenstown

Lindsey Holdren March 12, 2013

Queenstown: The adrenaline capital of the world. A place that resembles Lake Chelan with more cityscape and greenery, overlooked by mountains and a great gondola. Downtown is lovely, hip, and clean with...

Adventures in Nelson and the World of Wearable Art Museum

Lindsey Holdren March 3, 2013

It's our last day in Nelson and I've made a serendipitous discovery that I will share with you…. How to get an inverse Chaco tan in 5 easy steps: 1) Put on Chacos 2) Spray sunscreen on your...

Nelson, Abel Tasman, and the One Ring

Lindsey Holdren February 18, 2013

On December 24th we made our way to the South Island and to Nelson, a city on the shores of Tasman Bay and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand. Oddly enough, it has been warmer on the South Island...

Frolicking In The Shire

Lindsey Holdren February 10, 2013

The Hobbiton movie set rests picturesquely in a hilly area of private farmland near the North Island city of Matamata. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but I want to add: if you ever visit, try...

Welcomed with a Middle Earth sign and faux-Dwarvish gateways

Busrides, Matamata, and Wellington

Lindsey Holdren February 3, 2013

The eagle has landed! Bedraggled, exhausted, cranky. And oh so relieved. The weary family of travelers steps off the plane after an overnight and harrowing ride. My mother sums up our familial relief...

What Would Have Happened

Lindsey Holdren January 26, 2013

The itinerary for today included a trip to the Coromandel peninsula and a stop by New Zealand's Hot Water Beach. Sitting in a Canadian airport, I've had plenty of time to look at pictures and imagine myself...

An Uninfected Party (and a brief introduction)

Lindsey Holdren January 23, 2013

Ridiculous title, I know, but I'm victoriously celebrating the end of my bout with bronchitis (20 ish hour flights and infected bronchi mix about as well as orange juice and mint toothpaste). Also, I promise...

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