Meet Laure Virco

Laure Virco was our coworker and fellow WorkAwayer while we stayed at Hopewell Lodge in Marlborough Sounds. Laure Virco, 27, cannot sit still. She is constantly in motion, wiping down kitchen counters and straightening couch cushions, long after her work days are finished. Each leaf on the veranda is a menace and every book must…

Four Weeks in Paradise

We began our journey to the South Island by taking an enormous ferry across Cook Strait. We got on the so boat early that Caitlin and I found a really nice table with a window, but soon every seat was filled. Lounge chairs dotted the auburn carpets and the sounds of soft chatter mingled with…

The Secret Life of Lambs

Part of our daily routine at our host family in Wairarapa was feeding two baby lambs, Millie and Elvis, four times a day. Millie and Elvis both were abandoned by their mothers not long before we arrived, so Jon and Georgie took them home to be pets. Taking care of these lambs became a big…

Cavelands

We caught the 5:30pm commuter train out of Wellington into the pastures of the Wairarapa region. We were supposed to meet Jon, our host, for the first time on that train, but soon it was 5:29pm and there still was no sign of him. Then, as the train began to silently pull away from the…

Taupo Time

Caitlin and I made our way to Taupo with the intention of doing the Tongariro Crossing — a famous full-day hike along volcanoes, green lakes and the sight of Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings. However, the Crossing was closed due to weather for the entire time we stayed there. After checking with the…