Meet Robbie Parkinson

During the course of my time in New Zealand, I am interviewing the interesting people I meet. I met Robbie Parkinson, 22, of Chorleywood, England, at our hostel in Auckland. Robbie Parkinson originally came to New Zealand to attend a forensics conference in Auckland, but then decided to extend his trip for three months. In…

Huka, Hakas and Hangis

My dad likes to say that there is the trip you plan and the trip you take. Well, the trip Caitlin and I planned involved a four-day introduction to New Zealand via Auckland before immediately working for a WorkAway host in exchange for free lodging. We had two great hosts lined up for the end…

Auckland in Spring

When I flew into the Auckland airport, I think I expected to see the towering volcanoes and rolling hills that I first witnessed in the Lord of the Rings movies (somehow, I doubt I am the only one). Instead, we landed in a sprawling city in the middle of a torrential downpour. Caitlin and I…