Liz Carlson | New Zealand

Liz Carlson | New Zealand

@youngadventuress

An American in New Zealand. Nature frother. Storyteller. Adventuress. Hurricane. Cynical but kind. It's all on my blog ⬇️
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Ok guys, I’m so mad! Three days ago I went from having the best summer afternoon by the lake at home in Wanaka to a total nightmare. I was inside my flat cooking dinner when someone yelled fire to me, and I came outside and saw a ton of smoke drifting towards the garden. For the first time in my entire life I had to run and leave everything behind. Wanaka almost always has a total fire ban because it’s so dry here, the whole place will (and has) lit up like a match in minutes. After a few gusts of wind, it turned into a huge inferno with flames over 20 feet high only a couple hundred meters away. For a few hours I worried that I had just lost everything and my friends might have lost their houses and work, and we had no idea if the winds would shift or if it could be contained. And as I stood by the road I watched car after car of tourists hightail it out of town, not even stopping to talk to the police. We don’t know what caused it yet, but there are always tons of illegal freedom campers there. Luckily the amazing police, volunteer firefighters, and the local helicopter pilots with monsoon buckets were at the ready and within minutes were down there trying to control it. After a few hours, it was contained and we went home. I couldn’t sleep. And guess what? Just two days later I went down to the beach photograph the stars and there were half a dozen vans illegally camping there AGAIN. Enough’s enough. I get it, accommodation is in short supply but the Albert Town campground is 5 min away. No one has the right to illegally camp here, shit on our local beach where kids swim after school, light fires and burn Wanaka down. Find some respect and be responsible. I am so sick of some tourists trashing New Zealand, acting like they can do whatever they want because they are on holiday. Hell, I’m not from here and I remember to drive on the left and don’t drive 40 km under the speed limit. I don’t illegally light fires or camp in people’s backyards. I don’t leave rubbish anywhere and I don’t skip out on paying campsite or hut fees. I was a tourist here once (in fact I still am), and I always followed the law and respect this country so much. Why can't everyone else?

6 Hours ago
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Sandfly Beach in Dunedin is one of my faves ❤ not named for the pesky sandfly, rather for the flying sand from the dunes on windy days, which I can attest to because I'm still finding sand in that backpack 😝 can you spot the Hooker's sea lions on the beach?

1 Days ago
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Spain was on my mind today, my old home for a few years. I miss this place ☀️I think I need to plan a return visit this summer, have you been?

1 Days ago
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Liz Carlson | New Zealand

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I've got a new blog post up about how reading Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials books as a kid inspired me to visit Svalbard ❄️ and I've got a new video about it the trip up too! Link is in my bio - let me know what you think!

3 Days ago
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FINALLY feels like summer in Wanaka and I can break out my new paddle board ☀️ so stoked to be out on the lake again moananzsup

4 Days ago
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I don’t know why but in the past year or two I’ve become really interested in houses. Have I reached nesting age? When I saw this house last weekend in New Zealand I fell in love. I haven’t seen too many wooden houses here, but growing up on the east coast, I spent a lot of time in cozy wooden cabins and always dreamed that I would have my own one day. This house was built by hand by the cool owners from recycled buildings in New Zealand too and at super off the grid. How rad is that? housegoals

5 Days ago
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Wishing I was back snowboarding at whistlerblackcomb 🏂 have you been enjoying this epic winter?

5 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Sunflowers make me so happy wanakalavenderfarm 🌻☺🌻☺🌻☺🌻☺

6 Days ago
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Lady, your chariot awaits 🚁 whirlybird whatismylife

6 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


One of the most surprising things about blogging is that I’ve been able to meet the most amazing humans over the years. I first met kimbirdley when I moved to Wellington 4 years ago at visit_zealandia and she’s the one who explained New Zealand’s unique birdlife and history to me. I owe a huge part of my passion for conservation to her - she taught me how to be a birdnerd and makes a subject like birds funny and engaging to people like me. Kim’s also the one who first told me the story about kakapo and was eventually with me when I got to meet and hold Sirocco. Yesterday we got to meet a local family near Timaru (with the coolest rebuilt house ever - check out my Insta story) that had part of their land protected because of the amazing old growth forests on it, like with this epic native tōtara tree. Most of these big old trees have been cut down for farming and it was the main wood used in Māori carving and for their wakas (canoes) so it’s pretty badass to help protect them on your land now for the future. One day I hope I can do the same if I can ever afford land in New Zealand and they don’t kick me out haha. Hands up if you’re a treehugger 🙌🏻🙌🏻 naturefrother forestandbird

7 Days ago
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Still dreaming of those magical winter days at Whistler ❄️ when the sun sets and the skies go cotton candy pink ❤ whistlerblackcomb

8 Days ago
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Fox Glacier ❄️ one of my favorite places in New Zealand. It always reminds me of a river of ice

9 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


So beyond stoked to find out recently that I won silver for best travel blog at this year's North American Travel Journalists Association competition. As I general rule, I hate competition, but it definitely gives me feels and makes me smile to see my blog (which is basically my brain child) win something after 7 years of work and to be honored alongside theplanetd legalnomads and hecktictravels - all of whom have inspired and mentored me in one way or another over the years. I don't deserve it but am beyond grateful. Thanks to all of you guys for putting up with me for so long and sticking around for my stories ❤

10 Days ago
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Might be my new favorite balcony in the mountains foxglacierguidingnz

12 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


The Te Waikoropupu springs in Golden Bay, New Zealand are home to some of the clearest water in the water with a visibility of 63 meters; it’s also wahi tapu (a sacred treasure) to the local Māori people (and to all of us in NZ too) and it’s forbidden to touch the water. It’s a freaking special place guys. And guess what? The local council now has plans to allow farmers to take more water from the aquifer that feeds this spring AND in combination with increased dairy farming from it will likely pollute and destroy pupusprings forever. Dear pmbillenglish, you market New Zealand on being 100% pure to the world. Isn’t it time you act like it and started protecting our national treasures for our future instead of selling them to a billion dollar industry? Thanks. choosecleanwaternz naturefrother choosecleanwater

13 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Destination - Pioneer Hut at the top of Fox Glacier with mariusbron ❄️ and docgovtnz and foxglacierguidingnz to help out with this incredible hut with Mt. Tasman in the background. What a day for it! It's moments like these that make me fall in love with New Zealand a little bit more ❤

14 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Tea time at the wanakalavenderfarm 🌼 my new favorite spot to sip tea with friends and zen out. Nothing like being amongst blooming lavender to make you smile, hey?

15 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Another 2017 goal - see more sunrises. Or in other words, learn how to be a morning person. Any tips for me? notamorningperson

16 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Nothing beats the smell of lavender at sunrise on a warm sunny day as bees and butterflies dance around you and not another person is in sight ❤ wanakalavenderfarm

17 Days ago
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Comment from Liz Carlson | New Zealand:


Now that is my kind of tent! Hands up if you want to go glamping here in Wanaka 🙌🏻 explorelifeglamping

18 Days ago