New Zealand

​Kia Ora and hello!

Christa Smalligan - Wellington, New Zealand

smalligan crop.jpgNew Zealand has no national motto, but if it did, it would probably be "no worries." Everyone I met was kind, generous, and open-minded. My internship abroad was the best summer I've ever had.

The capital was beautiful. Wellington curls around Port Nicholson, nestled between hills and valleys that make the city look like it is rising out of the sea. On a calm day, it is easy to imagine the land floating atop the water like green stones on tinted glass. The city is a centre for art, entertainment and culture. There was something to do every night, no matter what my mood was. People from all over the world come here to stay. I met people from as far away as Cambodia. They celebrate diversity and love to share their own culture with visitors. What I loved most was learning about the Maori people.

Hike up Flagstaff Mountain

Matt Lyter – Dunedin, New Zealand

mattcrop.jpgOne of the many things to do on the weekends in Dunedin, New Zealand is to go tramping (hiking) with friends. By the end of my program, I climbed many hills, mountains and even a few waterfalls, but one of the most memorable hikes happened during my first month in New Zealand. One Friday night as some friends and I sat down in the flat’s courtyard to have dinner, we talked about what we should do for the coming weekend. We all brought our Lonely Planet books, Dunedin travel guides, and brochures of things to do. Stuck in with all the books and papers was the Guide to Tramping in Dunedin and Otago Region. Flipping through the book, we looked at the different trails and one peaked our interest.