‘Kiwi Days’ Bucket List

‘Kiwi Days’ Bucket List

Similar to my ‘Aussie Life‘, ‘90 Irish Nights‘, and my general life bucket lists on this blog, my move to New Zealand in January 2017 wouldn’t be complete without putting together a wish list of intended, expected, and hoped for highlights.

Since moving to Auckland, I have been busy working, exploring and learning about Kiwi history and culture. Below is my Bucket List along with pictures and little blurbs my adventures to date. If you see something missing, let me know and I’ll update my list!

As always, thanks for following along and happy travels!

My ‘Kiwi Days’ Bucket List

– See a kiwi bird

– Visit Hobbiton, the set of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies – We visited during our NZ road trip in January 2017

Visit a New Zealand farm – our weekend in July visiting the Mangarara Station in Otane, Hawke’s Bay was everything I was hoping for and more!

Go sailing – we went sailing on Lake Taupo, January 2017, but we want to go again!

– Crochet or knit a little surprise made with NZ sheep’s wool



– Hike the Milford Track in the South Island – we have this five-day, four-night hike planned for over Christmas 2017.

Road trip both the North and South Islands – seems like we do this every month or so!

– Visit the regions of Marlborough and Otago for wine tastings and vineyard tours

Learn about the Maori culture – We enjoyed our day at the Herenga Waka Festival in Auckland, and I’m excited to learn more about the Maori and Pacific cultures during my time here.

– Learn the geography of New Zealand – constantly working on this one…

Attend an All Black rugby match. We went to the All Blacks-Samoa game…mostly for the haka dance…

– Spend (at least) a long weekend in Wellington – we visited in June 2017. Take me back!

– Volunteer at the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) Festival in Auckland. Last year I volunteered at this event while living in Melbourne and has a blast. New year & location, still tons of fun!

– Hike at least one new trail each month…

  • January – Diamond Lake, Wanaka, South Island (pictured above)
  • February – Rangitoto Island, Auckland & Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island
  • March – Coast to Coast Walkway, Auckland, North Island
  • April – Tracks along the west coast in Raglan, North Island
  • May – Oneroa Track, Auckland, North Island
  • June – Tracks along the east coast in Napier, Hawkes Bay, North Island
  • July – Queenstown Hill Time Walk, Queenstown, South Island
  • August – Beach tracks on our holiday in Western Samoa
  • September – Hillary Trail outside of Piha, North Island
  • October – Not quite ‘hiking’ but lots of walks during my mom and aunt’s trip here…
  • November – …
  • December – …

– Go deep sea fishing

– Have a coffee with Liz Carlson, an American travel blogger I’ve been following for ages – check her out at YoungAdventuress.com – she’s on the South Island and always up to something awesome, so it’s probably a stretch, not to mention super creepy of me…

Take a cooking class – we took ‘Taste of India 2: Classic Flavours’ at the amazing, local Sachie’s Kitchen and a ‘Fermentation Masterclass’ from The Unbakery’s genius founder and class instructor Megan May. Both classes were lots of fun!

– Read 5 New Zealand books – history or otherwise…

  • The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King – I would highly recommend this to anyone interesting in learning more about New Zealand history and culture. It was incredibly enjoyable and helped to paint a comprehensive picture of this great country.

Attend the Auckland Coffee Festival on March 4, 2017

Go skiing in Queenstown

Last updated on November 24, 2017.