QUEENSTOWN

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If you haven't been to Queenstown in the summertime you need to add it to your list asap. You want to know why? I believe it is one of the most naturally beautiful places I have ever travelled to. I have visited many parts of Australia, Europe and the UK and don't get me wrong they all have their own uniqueness and beauty but Queenstown in New Zealand, every which way you look it is breathtakingly stunning.

I decided to write this post to tell you all about some of the incredible experiences that I had and share some insight so when you travel there it can be a little guide of places to explore.

Okay I will stop rambling on and let you get to the tips below!


MY TIPS FOR QUEENSTOWN


ACCOM

I decided to stay in an air bnb as I discovered almost everyone in Queenstown rents out their home or a room for visitors to stay. This was much more affordable than staying in a hotel or a hostel believe it or not and we were out exploring most of the time so just needed a bed and bathroom. Staying out of town you definitely needed a hire car and I would DEFINITELY recommend getting one for yourself even if you stay in town as Queenstown is quite a small town and there is so, so much more to explore in the surrounding towns and mountains. Plus they don't have Uber and the taxi's can get quite expensive.

COST

Everything but the flight to Queenstown is quite expensive so ensure you save your pennies prior to your trip so you can enjoy this beautiful place to it's fullest. the dollar difference isn't too different from Australia so that is a plus if you're travelling from the land of Aus that is.

EXPLORE

As I said earlier every which way you look in Queenstown is stunning so exploring the town and it's surrounds is a must. Taking a road trip from Queenstown to Glenorchy is the most picturesque drive along lake Wakatipu and I highly recommend it. One thing I didn't get to explore was Milford Sound by plane which I regret, so if you can do that and tell me how amazing it was please do!

FUN

I love extreme sports so zip lining and the Shotover Jetboat ride were a must for us! If you're a little more daring you may want to give bungy jumping a go as there are plenty of spots around that do it. I considered taking the plunge but I felt jumping out a plane last year was enough for me for now.

DINE

There are endless bars, cafes and gelato stores around town so if you wander around you will come across some cool places. Some that I loved and recommend are yonder cafe for a healthy modern breakfast and world bar for drinks and delicious nachos (Mexican food fiend has her hand up!). I was also recommended to try fergburger which is the most popular burger place in town, I didn't indulge as the line was always out the door but if you have more patience it is a must!

WINE

A little out of town you'll find a bunch of wineries all on the same road (sorry I cant remember the name, but google is helpful). I went to two of many and as much as going on wine tours sounded fancy and fun I got a tad bored (each to their own). Packing your own picnic is a good idea, with wine and hire some bikes from Gibbston Valley Winery to ride along the winery tracks yourself. If you do a bike tour ensure you wear comfy riding clothes, sunscreen and are prepared to work up a bit of a sweat.


Have you booked your ticket yet? Do it! 

PS. This isn't an ad or anything of the likes.. I genuinely want you to see this crazy beautiful place for yourself!

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BE PRESENT

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Have you ever found yourself in a social situation out with friends and you are all sitting on your mobile phones not talking? I almost instantly want to put my phone down if this ever happens and make everyone do the same. Or have you ever been having a conversation with someone to realize you're just talking to yourself because they are engulfed by what is happening on their Instagram feed? Have you ever sat down to have a quick look over what is going on with your social media and wasted an hour scrolling pointlessly, only to then maybe feel sorry for yourself for comparing your life to someone elses life.

I am sure these situations and more have happened to you at some stage with either friends, family or partners. I can't sit here writing that I haven't been the one to do some of those above things too, I am guilty. But I can say in the recent months I have taken note of myself doing those things and made sure I am using my phone for the right reasons at the right time.

I want to ensure I am not missing out on beautiful moments by not being present in them but rather try to record or photograph them. So that is why I wanted to share with you some great ideas for becoming more present not only with others but also with yourself.

PHONE FREE CATCH UPS:
When you organise to catch up with friends or your partner try turning off your phone, or sitting them in a pile in the middle of the table and not touching them until you leave. Sit there and talk about your day, listen to what others have to say, enjoy the food your eating and let your senses take in the moment.

LEAVE YOUR PHONE AT HOME:
I practiced this a couple of times when I went to Bali recently. Being such a beautiful place I wanted to photograph things in the places we went but I also didn't want to get too engulfed in trying to capture and share everything as it was happening without enjoying it so I left my phone at home when we went out a couple of times.

GO A WEEKEND WITHOUT SOCIAL MEDIA:
Get outdoors and take in everything you see! Jump in the ocean, go for a run, breathe in deep, hug someone, play with your dog, read a book, laugh until your stomach hurts and be one with the world, yourself and others.

DO AN ACTIVITY WITHOUT TAKING A PHOTO:
We live in a world of Snapchat and Instagram stories which has it's positive and it's negatives. We can easily share our day and adventures with friends and fans. But we can also get caught up in photographing everything without actually just enjoying it. For example the food you eat out, try and enjoy the food for what it is.. delicious, beautifully displayed, nourishing and sometimes naughty.

PRESENCE IS BETTER THAN PRESENTS:
I write about this one as it is nearly Christmas which to me means spending time with family, being thankful and enjoying goooood food.

I hope that if you are reading this and you struggle to be present or someone in your life does that it can help you or them if you pass it on to find the best ways to come back to the real world to just enjoy it and be present in all it's goodness!


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THE WINTER COAT

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Now living on the Gold Coast some may say we don't exactly get a 'Winter'.. but I don't think that should stop us from wearing Winter inspired clothing. We just need to know how to style them back with our less cozy pieces so we aren't sweating bullets having coffee by the beach in the sun.. Am I right!?

I feel the key to making a coat or trench work in our climate is being able to wear it in different ways whether it be around your waist, over your shoulders or actually putting your arms in (thats the most practical way if you don't want to lost your jacket running across the road..just sayin' from experience!). 

Depending on your own style I have hand picked a bunch of key pieces for this post created by the just launched Noise Maker (or insta @noisemakeraust) at the newly renovated Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast. I am a sucker for a camel trench and I feel no matter the weather or where you live you should always have one on your wardrobe.. it goes with everything!!

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NEWRYBAR

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If you follow my instagram or snapchat you would have seen I recently went on a fun trip to the beautiful little town of Newrybar which is about a 15min drive south of Byron Bay. The town is so full of history and charm, I didn't know about the town until I visited and stayed at The Art House's homely cottage with my gal pal Megan for a little creative and relaxing get away.

We had so much fun exploring the town and all it had to offer! I may have gone a little snap crazy with the images.. but I love taking photo's and wanted to share with you all the beautiful places we discovered.

One place you must visit is Newrybar Merchants .. It is set to become a world-renowned hot-spot for those seeking a unique retail experience. The store is a destination that enables customers to experience rustic charm effortlessly blended with sophistication within a beautiful and unique collective retail space. Each trader has a room to style within the historic building.. Some of my favorite collaborators were Shannon Frick, Jai Vasicek and Tigmi Trading

Also if you are a food lover like myself you must not go past Harvest for a meal or a macadamia milk coffee from Harvest Deli. We enjoyed our beautifully styled share plates, they were full of so much flavour!

Some other places to visit are The Shed for beautiful antiques and Driftlab store.. I love that every single item of clothing, accessory, skin care product, artwork and vintage homeware in Driftlab has been carefully selected and curated to reflect the unique point of view,  
inspiration and charm behind the brand. 

If you do ever get the chance to visit this little town I say it is a must even if it is only for the day!

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THE ART HOUSE


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HARVEST


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DRIFTLAB


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THE SHED


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