After graduating college in Baltimore, I moved to Wellington, New Zealand on a working holiday visa to live and travel with friends. We quickly immersed ourselves in the quirky food capital, working in cafes and hostels with backpackers from the around the globe. In our travels, we moved from the North to the South Island, working on farms and camping in vans along the way. Only six months after my visa ended, I was hired by Audley as a New Zealand country specialist and returned for a month of travel as part of my research for my new position.
These two experiences have left me with a comprehensive knowledge of the country and all it has to offer. Back at my desk, I’m eager to share my stories and help others explore the country I so quickly fell in love with.
I'll never forget when…
Rather than one specific memory, my enduring image of New Zealand remains the atmosphere at the Wellington Sunday market. The city always seemed sunnier as the week came to a close and the Sunday market filled with friends and families buying local fruit and veg along the waterfront, casually making their way from the beach into town. The streets just seemed to come alive with happy people filling the outdoor cafes and vintage thrift shops, admiring the local art and embracing the city’s vibrant coffee culture. This affable, laid-back weekend scene is ingrained in my memory and always set against the backdrop of Wellington’s jaw-dropping natural surroundings.