After school, with no idea of what I wanted to do, I decided to take a gap year and complete a round-the-world trip. It was during this trip that I spent two months driving around New Zealand in an old campervan called Albert. After waking up to unbelievable views, such as the shores of Lake Wakatipu or the base of Mount Cook, I fell in love with this majestic country.
Unfortunately, I had to come home though. After completing a four-year degree in sport and exercise sciences (with a year living in California), I still longed to go back to New Zealand. It’s a country that I believe should be on everyone’s travel wish list: with the laid-back locals, snow-topped mountains and turquoise lakes, it’s a place you’ll never forget. I feel very lucky to be able to share my experiences of this amazing place.
I'll never forget when…
Lowering myself into ice-cold waters in the middle of a superpod of dusky dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It was so surreal to be swimming with wild dolphins I couldn’t quite believe it was happening to me. After swimming with these beautiful animals for around 45 minutes, it was time to get back on the boat and watch the flipping and twisting dolphins leaping out of the water against a backdrop of snow-topped mountains. It was so serene and calming, I couldn’t quite wipe the grin off my face.