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Living on the Edge

 Like an abusive relationship I get thrown to the ground and get up for more. Telltale signs of beatings surface in the form of bruises on my knees and tailbone area. I avoid questioning as to why my clothes are ripped and torn. Mountain, you are a cruel mistress.  While ... read more

Rachel Holan

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How 'bout them apples!

It's not easy to admit when an apple gets the better of you. There I am, standing at the top of my ladder frustrated, exhausted, and trying to reach the last, highest apple I'll pick that day. I swear loudly, tug at it roughly and as it falls into my hand the branch which no longer ... read more

Rachel Holan

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Zen and the Art of Van Maintenance

About a week ago I was having a little lie down and thinking about life. About how knowledge comes and goes, how some of it comes naturally and logically, while some comes through study or instruction. This may not seem like an odd moment, in fact it would have been quite ... read more

Rachel Holan

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Peter Pan Complex Achieved

I know I wasn't changing the world birthing indigenous goats in a remote Mongolian village or anything, but New Zealand was often just as wild for me. Living in cottonless "polyprops" (thermals) exploring the countryside, getting really comfortable in torrential downpours, bungy jumping, multiple day camping excursions sans bathrooms in ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Invercargill: Living at the very bottom

Our homestays in New Zealand were situated in Invercargill, the southernmost city on the south island. While the town itself was pretty sleepy despite our favorite haunt, Queens Park, it was a good central location to explore The Catlins, Fiordland, Queenstown, and Dunedin. We stayed here a little over two ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Wanaka: Just when you thought you'd seen all of New Zealand's beauty

We went on a little camping trip to do some rock climbing on the limestone near Lake Wanaka. Our campsite was right along the lake. Sunrises and sunsets left me speechless. Some of the rock faces we climbed (or in my case, attempted to climb). The windy road to Wanaka. read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Dunedin highlights

I was able to get to Dunedin three times. It houses The University of Otago, one of the largest universities in New Zealand, making Dunedin a hopping college town. It also boasts the beautiful Otago Peninsula, with a rare species of albatross, seals, penguins and beautiful beach preserves. Also noteworthy ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Milford Sound...the end of one road, and beginning of another.

Milford Sound is situated at the end of the 6 highway in New Zealand. On many levels aside from its location, it feels like you've left the winding road of the world behind for more spectacular beauty. A trio of dolphins played in front of our ferry cruise boat for ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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A "Remarkable As" Trip

To the Remarkables ski area and off-the-beaten-path valleys, near Queenstown. 3 days without a bathroom in pure terrain that made you feel one with the wilderness. But maybe I was pretty excited by the end for the impending shower.   read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Borland Lodge, Fiordland

Slumbering and waking with sheep feet away (and sandflies). And some Class 3 kayaking. Successful trip, aye! read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Mavora Lakes, Fiordland

  A camping trip to Mavora Lakes to white water kayak. Very rainy. I felt like I was living in Peter Pan's world. I love the following two pictures. I apologize they are not formatted upright. I uploaded them as such, but this template doesn't allow for any further editing. ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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The Catlins - Southeast New Zealand

The Catlins coastline feels a lot like Maine, United States. Craggy coastline with ocean grasses and white sand beaches. (But as it is New Zealand, the fields of sheep and cows come up to the waterline.) Biggest sea lion I've ever seen, or probably will ever see. Sea World had ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Queenstown: Go big or go home!

I am TERRIFIED of heights. My palms start sweating whenever I think about high dives, or the Eiffel Tower, or window-washers on the SWKT (Kimball Tower) at BYU. Just thinking about 440 feet (134 meters) of the 4th highest Bungy Jump in the world (and highest in New Zealand) used ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Kaikoura and Christchurch

Our first stop on the South Island after spending a night in Picton off the ferry was Kaikoura, followed by Christchurch. Kaikoura is the whale-watching capital of New Zealand. It was cloudy and overcast the half-day we were there, so it wouldn't have been that fun had we done it. ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Wellington

From Tongariro National Park, we drove to Wellington, where a bunch of us walked around the pier and had some fish and chips (pronounced more like "Fush and chups"). Then we saw some locals jumping OFF the pier, and decided to join in! It was a beautiful way to end the ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Tongariro National Park: Living Lord of the Rings

Now, let me just say that I planned to cram in watching Lord of the Rings over Christmas…but I got too busy hanging out with friends and family that it slipped away. I know, how UNGRATEFUL am I for my insane experiences that I can't muster the time to watch ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Innertubes and caves and glow worms- oh my!

From Rotorua, we headed to the famous Waitomo Caves, where you can "black water raft" to see these wonder-of-the-world glow worms. Pretty rad. Good thing I am not cholesterophobic or else I think I would have been pretty frightened. At one point I sat back in my inner tube, and had ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Auckland & Rotorua

We got into Auckland, drove by the first farm where the farmer was wearing short shorts with Wellies (my first taste of English/Pacific infusion), and drove to Rotorua where we played in what we would later learn was a contaminated lake. Everyone is fine. The next day, we went SLEDGING, ... read more

Alexandra Ingersoll

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Flying High

As I got to the door I was physically shaking with fear and regret. The ride had been beautiful, but I was now starting to question my motives and my sanity. Legs out the door, the wind slaps me in the face. I blew a kiss to the camera, waved ... read more

Rachel Holan

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Crazy Carl

I'm so in love. Not this puppy love nonsense, but that blissfully painful, butterflies-in-stomach, head over heels love. He's tall, dark and handsome. He's big and strong. I can snuggle up with him and feel safe at night. I've spent a lot of money on him, he loves a good ... read more

Rachel Holan

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Etiquette

Dancing with sweaty-handed grannies in church halls

David Kelbe

17 Feb 2009

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The old church in Dunedin offers dancing lessons every Wednesday night for those keen to learn some new moves. A fine goal, to be sure, for any guy new to the country. But be warned, for any man brave enough to rise to the challenge of dancing away the hour with a church full of sweaty-handed grannies, that you're in for a lesson in humility and perseverance. Those old grandmothers are not too tolerant if you don't nail the new move on the first try. Just be sure not to go to the intro-mediate lesson your first time (as I embarrassingly did)!

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Packing

Don't forget your swimsuit and snow jacket

Jeff West

20 Nov 2009

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Traveling to New Zealand any time soon? Prepare your daypack and a backup plan before setting off for a tramp in the bush or a stroll on the beach! The weather can change in an instant on an island and New Zealand is no exception. A beautiful day with warm, blustery northwest winds can be spoiled if the wind changes direction. A southerly blowing off Antarctica can trigger frigid temperatures and rain or snow in minutes. So, when you take your stroll down the beach, locate the nearest cafe that has a hot chocolate and lolly cake ready to go in case a southerly blows in. And don't forget to throw a jacket in with your sunscreen and sandals.

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Slang

She'll be right, mate.

Amy Waterman

23 Mar 2009

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If you're worried about anything, a Kiwi friend will reassure you, "She'll be right, mate." Your friend means that everything will be fine. Or, as their Aussie cousins might say, "No worries!"

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