After over a month of travels it is hard to figure out where exactly to start this post. We’ve been living out of a tent for nearly a month and half and every bit of my spinal cord appreciates that we spent last night on an actual mattress situated on top of an actual bed. … More Australian Outback Down Under Adventure Time
—The Catlins— If you happen to be in New Zealand and have a few days to spare, the Catlin area is a great place to stop by. Everything we saw in this blog post was seen over the course of one day, starting at about 7am. It sits about 3 hours away from Queenstown, 2 … More Swimming with tiny frickin’ dolphins!!!
So despite the Kepler track making every part of my body ache, I decided to head out for another 60 kilometers. However, instead of taking the three to four days that I suggest to everyone who comes to the visitor center, I crammed it into two because I guess I am some kind of masochist. … More Routeburn and Caples Tracks
Recently I finished my first lone adventure here in New Zealand. My worn down boots carried me and my 40 pound pack sixty kilometers over the tops of fiords that reached to the sky from untouched waters. It took me three days to clamber over the mountain saddles and back into civilization. Outside of the … More Happy Thanksgiving
Alex has officially started his first day of work and I am once again aimlessly trying to fill my days. I had a job today but it got cancelled about an hour before it started. So instead of being productive I read a book about pseudoscience, ate some ridiculously spicy noodles that turned my stomach … More Dunedin
So you know when I told you Alex just got in a van and went off to some mysterious job somewhere? Well its legit! Alex has been working with a construction company building a house in Arrowtown, New Zealand for the last three days while I sit here and be his hostelwife because I am … More The Hostelwife
These last few days we have been really busy at the hostel. The rugby kids left (thank god) and the backpackers came in and repeat. We thought we’d share with you what we are doing when you aren’t seeing us having fabulous times in front of epic scenery. The showers must be oh so shiny. … More Between the magical moments
Welcome to Beer and Backpacks, a blog that follows our journey during our year long working holiday visa in New Zealand. We plan on updating whenever possible to keep our family, friends and anyone who is interested in the loop during our travels.