Hiker standing on a rock near lake Mackenzie, Routeburn track, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand. Photo: Getty Images.


Jed does NZ: meet our resident Insta-famous travel consultant

Published November 22nd, 2016

Not surprisingly the team at Student Flights eat, breathe and fall asleep dreaming about travel when we’re not out on the road ourselves. Each day our lives really are dedicated to the pursuit of new adventures in foreign lands (and sometimes familiar ones too) and for team leader and photographer Jed Buencillo, this means capturing those adventures in stunning imagery that we’re lucky enough to share in.

On his latest adventure, our travel consultant and killer photographer Jed aka @jedventures visited the land of the long white cloud in search of bungee jumping, breathtaking scenery and of course the native Fergburger, here’s what he had to say about it...

Could you give us a rundown on your New Zealand journey?

We did a self drive itinerary for this trip. I thought it would be the best way to try and see everything with the freedom of taking our time if we spotted something amazing. We were only gone for one week but we managed to visit Christchurch, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Queenstown, Lake Pukaki and Lake Tekapo.

What city was your favourite?

Favourite city would have to be Queenstown! It's got everything you need like atmospheric bars, restaurants, adrenaline based activities and killer views. You physically can't get bored there, I don't think it's actually possible.


Road trips are the best way to do New Zealand | Queenstown, #NewZealand #JedVentures #RoamingOn #NzMustDo @vodafoneau

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Best meal?

Its hyped up but definitely lives up to it..... Fergburger! You can't go to Queenstown and not have it. I went back three or four times and they literally only close for 3 hours each day, they’re that popular! I’d also recommend checking out Pedro's House of Lamb.

Best activity?

The best activity would probably have to be a tie between the Nevis Bungy which is a bungee jumping platform in the Southern Alps near Queenstown and is the third highest bungee jumping platform in the world and the day trip to Milford Sound. Both were amazing but completely different!


Exploring the real middle earth | #ArthursPass New Zealand #JedVentures #nzmustdo #roamingon @vodafoneau

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Where was the most magical location to take a photo?

The photos I was able to take at Lake Pukaki with Mt.Cook were ridiculous, we stopped there just to have break from driving and we ended up staying for two hours. Just couldn't get enough of the jaw-dropping view.

Where was the best spot to take a selfie?

The best place to take a selfie would probably be at the Nevis Bungy….mid-bungee of course!


Would you jump? | Skippers Canyon Bridge, #NewZealand #JedVentures #RoamingOn #NzMustDo @vodafoneau

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What location took your breath away?

A lot of things took my breath away on this trip but the first time I was really awestruck was during our drive through Arthur's Pass National Park.

New Zealand in 5 words?

Ridiculous, amazing, underrated, inspiring, beautiful.

What was the highlight of travelling to NZ?

Honestly, it's hard to choose one thing, I think just being on the road for the entire trip was probably the best thing, we saw the most incredible landscapes every time we jumped in the car.

Any quick insider tips/or something you learnt on the trip that you didn’t already know about?

- Hire a car

- Must get travel insurance

- Pay the extra money to get a lake view in Queenstown

- Make sure your bus to Milford Sound has a glass top

- Eat at Pedro's House of Lamb

- Visit Hokitika Gorge if it's a sunny day

- Check out Coffee Supreme in Christchurch

- Put together a great road trip playlist

- Cookie Muncher Cookie Bar in Queenstown

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.