• New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 15) : Mount Maunganui (Mauao) Summit Walk & Picturesque Bay of Plenty

    An unforgettable activity I did in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty was to climb Mount Maunganui’s iconic mountain, Mauao and enjoy a breathtaking 360° view (literally and figuratively speaking!) of the entire Bay of Plenty coastline at 232m above sea level. 😀 Mind you, the journey up Mount Maunganui’s Mauao summit was not an easy task! […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 14) : Taking the Bayhopper Bus from Tauranga city centre to Mount Maunganui & Exploring Pilot Bay Beach

    Tauranga, Bay of Plenty is home to two famous natural attractions – Mount Maunganui (Mauao) and Main Beach. The Mount is an iconic landmark that offers a spectacular view of the entire Western Bay of Plenty, whereas Main Beach is voted as New Zealand’s best beach for a very good reason. Another worthy sight is […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 13) : Working as a Kiwifruit & Avocado Packer at SEEKA Huka Pak & Totara Coolstore in Tauranga

    I came to Tauranga, Bay of Plenty in spring (September) looking for work in the kiwifruit industry (my very first job in New Zealand) and I landed myself a job as a kiwifruit packer at SEEKA Huka Pak, Mount Maunganui within the first week of my arrival. 😀 Experience is welcomed, but not necessary because training […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 12) : Bed in 6-bed Female Dormitory Room at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga Review

    Once I successfully landed myself a job in a kiwifruit packhouse and knowing that I will be staying in Tauranga longer, I instantly upgraded my room from an 8-bed mixed dormitory room to a 6-bed female dormitory room at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers. The promotion/special rate at that given time was $145 a week, per […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 11) : Bed in 8-bed mixed dormitory room at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga Review (Part 2)

    One of the reasons why I chose to stay at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga apart from its strategic location is for its facilities: a shared kitchen and a lounge/TV area, spacious lockers/cupboards, luggage storage, laundry and even a gift shop. So naturally, after I kept my belongings safely in my 8-bed mixed dormitory […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 11) : Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room at Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga Review (Part 1)

    Arthouse Accommodation Boutique Backpackers in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty is one of my favourite hostels in New Zealand for many reasons. I spent a couple of months in this wonderful hostel while working for a kiwifruit packhouse nearby. 😀 In fact, I was lucky to have found work within a week upon my arrival in […]

  • Auckland
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 9) : Cheap and Delicious Japanese Food at Umi & Umiya Sushi, Wellesley Street East, Auckland CBD

    Being Asian, I love my rice and I love Japanese food especially sushi, donburi and bento because they are filling and taste delicious. I found out that Auckland is a pretty expansive place to eat where the average price for a rice meal is about $10 – $15 per serving! Thankfully, I found Umi & […]