Postcards from New Zealand

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To be writing these words feels surreal. New Zealand has long been on my bucket list and unless you’ve been living under a rock the past decade or two, I’m sure it is on yours too. Full of natural beauty and yet still incredibly diverse, you can’t come to New Zealand and not have a good time. With the rolling valleys, dramatic mountains, endless fjords, lakes and beautiful beaches, I knew long before I arrived that New Zealand was a place that would steal my heart away.

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Although I’m still in the country as I write this and there is still much to see, I wanted to check-in with you guys to share some snaps from my visit to the South Island, before boarding my flight to the North Island for a different experience altogether.

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The scenery has been so surreal that I haven’t even allowed myself to reach for my camera half the time, quickly just snapping away on my iPhone after taking a lengthy stare into the distance to appreciate the view firsthand (instead of through my camera lens, which is usually the case!)

I was recently introduced to the Postcard App by Australia Post and as such have been sending off digital postcards left, right and centre to everyone I wish was here (just because I’m travelling solo doesn’t mean I can’t share it with loved ones!)

You take a quick photo on your phone (or use an existing photo), add a message, add an address (or multiple if sending to more than one), then pay ($1.99 if delivered in Australia). The postcard is printed and delivered (in the post) to addressee. As someone who already collects and sends postcards like they’re going out of fashion (I refuse to believe they are or ever will), this app has allowed me to transform my own images into postcards and I’m sure it comes as no surprise that that is something I just had to share with my Aussie readers!!!

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Much love and well wishes from New Zealand – I’d love to know what you thought of NZ if you have been or are dying to go as much as I have been for at least the past few years!? Sound off in the comments below!

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This article is in collaboration with Australia Post in celebration of the Postcards App. All opinions remain my own!

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    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    July 3, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Traumatized. I am traumatized by New Zealand. Since I’ve been there for 6 months living with the locals, my only dream is to live there for a few years -or, you know, forever. It’s my own definition of paradise.

    June 30, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I’ve lived in NZ my whole life, I agree how diverse it is here! Though I live in Auckland, our family’s summer holidays in Rotorua and the lakes around it are so different despite only being 3 hours away. The South Island is so spectacular, I love Wanaka especially. What did you make of the North Island? It’s quite different again, I hope you made it to Taupo or Napier too, NZ is the best place for exploring.

      July 1, 2016 at 8:46 pm

      I’ve noticed that people who leave in the place do not usually travel around a lot in this place and do not appreciate that much the local beauty unless they start travel and come back =)
      It is amazing that people that you do! Let me know if you’ll be around Sydney, will be lovely to meet you.

    Brooke -theSOMEWHEREness
    June 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Wine and nature… are there any downsides to New Zealand?! I’ve been multiple times and keep finding reasons to go back and experience the country in different ways. Ski one trip and a helicopter flight over Milford Sound (with a quick pit stop on a glacier) the next. Such a breathtakingly beautiful country.

    June 25, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Always wanted to go to New Zealand. It has it all! But living in the UK means it will be a once in a lifetime trip!

    June 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Lovely photos! I’ve never been to NZ and all I know about NZ is the amazing scenery it has to offer… Waiting for your blog post on the amazing places you visited to get some pointers to start planning my NZ adventure for my grad trip this summer!

    June 17, 2016 at 11:27 am

    New Zealand is my favorite country! And I’ve only been to the North island, I can’t imagine how incredible the south island must be!

    June 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    I´ve been hoping so much, that you´d go to New Zealand soon, as I wondered, why you haven´t been and I love to read up on a destination on your blog before going 🙂 And since I´m going to be living in and travelling around NZ for a few months starting this summer I´m looking forward to tons of inspiration. So happy to read this!!
    Hugs from a happy girl in Madrid,

    June 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    New Zealand is on the cards for me this year come hell or high waters!

    These photos have only just confirmed what my heart has known all along – that country IS paradise for nature lovers!

    June 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    I’m in New Zealand now and it is incredible. I’ve only explored the North Island thus far, but I can’t wait to see the landscapes of the South Island in the Spring.

    June 15, 2016 at 1:43 am

    New Zealand looks amazing! I can’t wait to go there, hopefully later this week!

    June 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful postcards!
    And great idea by Australian post.

    New Zealand is still on my Bucket list mostly for snowboarding and hobbits valley =)

    Can’t wait to plan my trip there!

    Inna from

    • Brooke Saward
      June 15, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Planning a trip to NZ is half the fun – there’s so much to see and do here! You will love it!! 🙂 xx

    June 14, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    This looks so amazing! I really want to go now.

    June 13, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I’m from New Zealand. So glad you finally got to visit and see what it has to offer! Hope you come back to do more exploring! I highly recommend the Coromandel,Rotorua, Cape Reinga, Mt Ruapehu and so much more! 🙂

    • Brooke Saward
      June 15, 2016 at 7:28 am

      I’m already planning my return trip to spend more time here and I haven’t left the country yet haha!! Soooo much to see and do here, I’ll come for much longer next time 🙂 x

    June 13, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I love the postcard app idea… I’ve just come back from overseas and trying to find postcards, stamps and then the postal centre was a nightmare.

    June 13, 2016 at 11:44 am

    harry hepden – where abouts are you from???? It’s hard to say whether NZ is expensive without knowing if you are earning GBP, $USD or another currency altogether.

    June 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Glad you’re enjoying New Zealand! I’ve been living here for ten months now and am often blown away by how beautiful it is at every turn. I think you will enjoy the North Island though. Its not quite as dramatically beautiful as the South but its amazing in different ways – I think its very underrated.

    • Brooke Saward
      June 13, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Stacy! Heading there today 🙂 🙂 xx

    Kate Newman
    June 13, 2016 at 8:42 am

    New Zealand is the most magical place. I have been travelling there almost every year since I was little due to family living there. I would HIGHLY recommend hiring a campervan and driving around the South Island, it’s the best way to see the beauty ❤️ North Island is just as magical, I love the small towns such as Mangawhai. And travelling by boat to the ‘Hen and Chickens’ to snorkel around the island. The best place in the world

    • Brooke Saward
      June 15, 2016 at 7:29 am

      Next time the camper van idea is definitely what I wanna do! I wish I had a few more weeks to explore but already planning to come back 🙂 xx

    June 13, 2016 at 6:50 am

    New Zealand is definitely on our bucket list. So breathtaking!

    June 13, 2016 at 5:27 am

    New Zealand is just incredible.. I lived there for 2 years and even though I left 8 months ago, I still can’t stop talking about it. The whole country looks like it has been hand painted – just incredible!

    June 13, 2016 at 4:39 am

    I fell in love with New Zealand. I hope I can go back one day and visit maybe even LIVE!

    Monica @ Not a nomad blog
    June 13, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Yes! I was in New Zealand almost ten years ago, and am dreaming to go back (but good lord, the flight length is unreal). I was only on the South Island, but I think that’s the place to go for a more ‘country’ feel. My favorite spot was definitely Milford Sound — hopefully you got to see it!

    June 13, 2016 at 3:47 am

    You can’t help but think of all the glorious natural beauty when you think of New Zealand. I’m in awe just by looking at the photos, so what will I be like if/when I see NZ’s beauty in person! Hopefully some day I’ll be able to 🙂

    June 13, 2016 at 1:49 am

    NZ has been on my bucket list for years too. Must take the opportunity to go soon! Love the postcard app idea- hope it comes out for android soon.

    June 12, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Wow, I just can’t believe I’m still sitting here and not already on a plane to New Zealand!

    June 12, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    NZ is my dream place. I hope I can visit NZ soon. What about sending postcard to your Filipino readers 🙂 Can I have one, pls 🙂

    June 12, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I have been waiting for your trip to NZ for a very long time! I am planning on going next year and can’t wait (I have already planned my itinerary!) Thanks for sharing as much as possible!

    harry hepden
    June 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Ayyee! New zealand (Specifically Queenstown) have long been on my bucket list. Brooke would you say new zealand is expensive for traveling specifically budget travel.

    June 12, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    What absolutely beautiful pictures! I’m also really jealous seeing all the leaves on the ground – I can’t wait for autumn to roll round again in the UK!

    June 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Magnificent sceneries

    Tessa Browne
    June 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    I NEED to get to NZ soon! It seems ridiculous that, living in Melbourne, I’ve never been – it’s only a 3-hour flight, after all! Your pictures are so stunning, can’t wait to see more!

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    June 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    These pictures are so lovely!

    June 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Ah, those photos are absolutely beautiful. You’re right, New Zealand should definitely be on everyone’s to-see list. I feel like it’s the most beautiful country in the world and I haven’t even been yet. One day…
    That Postcard App sounds amazing, by the way!

    Jennifer Howze
    June 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Gorgeous images. I’ve never been to New Zealand but it looks so gorgeous and special.

    June 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    I leave New Zealand tomorrow after a month of being here and I’m so sad to be leaving. I’ve travelled from Auckland to Christchurch via so many places but my favourites being Wanaka, Queenstown, Abel Tasman, Wellington and Raglan. I’ve totally fallen in love with this place!

      June 13, 2016 at 11:46 am

      Hey Charlie… It sounds like you visited all the best places 🙂

      Kirstin (resident in Christchurch, born & bred in Nelson)

    June 12, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I was in New Zealand in January this year and it stole my heart! Highlights for me were a day trip from Auckland to Waiheke Island, taking the Taieri Gorge Railway in Dunedin, exploring the art deco buildings in Napier and going to geothermal parks in Rotorua! Didn’t get to go to Queenstown or Wanaka unfortunately, but they are definitely on my bucket list for next time! These look incredible!! xx

    June 12, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    I’m a Kiwi myself! I’ve never been to the South Island though. I’m currently living in Auckland and I love it up here 🙂 I hope you manage to make it to the city!

    kate wilson
    June 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I’m traveling around Australia at the minute and want to ‘hop over’ to NZ so badly! Definitely top on my bucket list. It looks amazing x

    June 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    As an Australian, it is incredible to know we have such an awesome little country so close by. so many hikes and mountains in New Zealand are exactly what we go to Europe for! Love the pics!

    June 12, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I spent a month on each island at the beginning of this year. I loved New Zealand. I took more photos and wrote more about it than any other place. I felt so at ease there. Enjoy your time. Hopefully you get to the Bay of Islands on the North Island. I took a sailboat ride up there and it was wonderful. Also, the Kauri trees are amazing.

    June 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Those pictures… Wow… I’m almost out of words!
    New Zealand is on my bucketlist as well and seeing the beauty of it all from your posts just made me want to board the next flight there!

    Glad you are having so much fun, I’ll wait eagerly for the second part (north island?)

    June 12, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    I absolutely adored New Zealand! It was the first place I travelled to on my own, and I will keep the best memories of this stunning country with me forever. I have terrible social anxiety and have been through a lot over the last few years, so New Zealand was a place to push myself out of my comfort zone and restore my sense of self. I really could not have done it in a better part of the world. The scenery, energy and people I met made me feel so alive. I never thought of going to New Zealand because, as an Aussie, I thought it didn’t quite have the same ‘exotic’ feel as travelling to somewhere like Europe. But I’m so glad I did! I travelled to Wanaka, Queenstown, Mt Cook (Hooker Valley Track is a must), Te Anau (for a gateway to Milford Sound), and Christchurch with multiple day stops along the way to places like Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo, and Dunedin. I cannot wait to go back. I hope you’re having the best time. Thankyou for inspiring people like me to travel – finding your website years ago is one the best things that has happened to me. Xx