Leaving Aotearoa

After leaving Raetihi Lodge on May 5th, we set off on our last New Zealand adventure before heading to Canada.


Mahana Estate Vineyard

Our first stop was Mapua – the place where we au paired for a family of 5 + a doggy named Diesel. This was a special place for us – it allowed us to escape our shitty situation in Queenstown early, and relax before the start of a long season at the lodge eight months ago. By relax, I mean we literally did nothing for three weeks straight. I’ve never felt that relaxed in my entire life. Mapua gave us such peace that we thought it only fitting to go there again and spend some time with our favourite young family.


Jess & Diesel

After two nights in that little village, we were off to windy Wellington via the Interislander ferry. I was so hungover from getting wasted the night before, that I was almost chundering on the car ride to the ferry and when we were on the ferry. Needless to say, we didn’t do much in Wellington when we got there. Read More