• 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 & […]

  • Auckland
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 8) : A Visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum (Getting There, Opening Hours & Admission Tickets)

    Being in New Zealand, I wanted to know the history of the country and its people. Therefore, the best place for me to gather such information is none other than the Auckland War Memorial Museum, also known as the Auckland Museum. 🙂 The Auckland War Memorial Museum happens to be New Zealand’s first museum and […]

  • Auckland
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 7) : Day trip to Rangitoto Volcanic Island in the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland (Part 1)

    Off the coast of Auckland, in the Hauraki Gulf lies the iconic Rangitoto Island. The volcanic island emerged from the sea around 600 years ago in a series of volcanic explosions and happens to be the youngest and largest volcano in the Auckland volcanic field. 🙂 A short ferry ride is all it takes to […]