My 7 Links: what you may have missed on Jandal Road

I was recently nominated by Mark over at Migrationology to take part in the My 7 Links project that was started by Katie at Tripbase. The goal of this initiative is to bring together bloggers and to give long forgotten articles a chance to shine again (leaving humbleness and modesty aside). It all works a bit like the chain letter of days gone by; when a blogger is nominated to take part, they publish their 7 links (i.e. 7 blog posts matched to the 7 questions) on their blog and nominate 5 other bloggers to do the same.

So, without further ado, I present to you My 7 Links! Thank you for reading, and your comments are welcome, as always.


1. Jandal Road’s most beautiful post: Discovering Vancouver: Coal Harbour Waterfront Walkway

The House on Stilts, Coal Harbour, Vancouver

The House on Stilts, Coal Harbour, Vancouver

Ah, Vancouver. It is my favourite city. So yes, I am biased, of course. But I like this post because the photographs portray architecture, art, city scenes, boats, parks, the sea, and the mountains. I enjoy reading it because like Vancouver itself, it’s a great all-inclusive deal for the eyes, I think.


2. Jandal Road’s most popular post: Three reasons to visit Verzasca Valley, Switzerland

Sonogno, Verzasca Valley, Ticino, Switzerland

Sonogno, Verzasca Valley, Ticino, Switzerland

Due to very recent developments I had to demote Discovering Vancouver: Totem Poles in Stanley Park to #2 of most popular Jandal Road posts of all time, thanks to Lonely Planet, who picked up my article on Verzasca Valley. Therefore, traffic on this one went a little crazy and now ranks #1.


3. Jandal Road’s most controversial post: Sky Jump from Auckland Sky Tower

Skyjump from Auckland's Sky Tower

Skyjump from Auckland's Sky Tower

This needs to be said, it is a tough decision: should I become a Skywalker or a Skyjumper? Although I am somewhat partial to sci-fi, this, surprisingly, has nothing to do with Luke. Readers commented with their recommendations; feel free to join in the discussion, the polls are still open until I visit New Zealand again on my next holiday and make use of my Blog4NZ voucher.


4. Jandal Road’s most helpful post: A Starter Guide to Working Holidays in New Zealand

Signpost in Bluff, New Zealand

Signpost in Bluff, New Zealand

I’m taking this one very literal. I’ve written a few very practical guides to New Zealand, including how to buy a car or van, camping and holiday parks, etc. This one is the mother of them all, I think, as it collects all you need to know on how to get started on your working holiday in New Zealand before your feet touch the ground of godzone.


5. A post whose success surprised me: Great kiwi driving routes: the Forgotten World Highway

Whangamomona, on the Forgotten World Highway, Taranaki

Whangamomona, on the Forgotten World Highway, Taranaki

I really wanted to write an article on how great it is to tour New Zealand by car, and the quirkiest and most diverse route I have taken is the Forgotten World Highway in Taranaki on the North Island. I thought it would appeal to a niche audience only, but the opposite was true: quite a few readers found it fascinating precisely because it had such an intriguing name and they had never heard of the route before. If there are any other reasons why you particularly like this one, feel free to let me know in the comments section!


6. A Post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved: Dancing on ice in sub-tropical jungle: Franz Josef Glacier (with video)

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

Franz Josef glacier, New Zealand

I thoroughly enjoyed my hike on Franz Josef glacier and interviewing Kevin, my glacier guide, on camera. I equally enjoyed writing this post and including the video as part of the Blog4NZ campaign earlier this year. I think it may have gone under in the vast amount of fantastic New Zealand posts that were produced in those 72 hours by travel writers and bloggers worldwide.


7. The post that I am most proud of:  Curio Bay: serenity, surfing and sea lion adventures (with video)

Sea lion, Curio Bay, Catlins, New Zealand

Sea lion, Curio Bay, Catlins, New Zealand

It was a pleasure sharing this particular experience with you, dear reader. What a day this was – a blissful hike, a surf lesson, and meeting the local wildlife… I’m proud that my partner and I managed to take some great shots and video of this curious sea lion frolicking in the sunshine and developing a strong interest in quality camping equipment. New Zealand’s wildlife truly amazes me.

That’s it for me for now. I hope you enjoyed reading about My 7 Links. Now it’s time to visit these other amazing blogs:

I would like to nominate the following bloggers to take part:

Jim at Holes in my soles

Russell at In search of a life less ordinary

Paul at My postcard from

Aisleen & Rich at Life’s great adventures

Erin at De la pura vida


Christina Hegele

About the author: Christina Hegele runs Sandal Road, a blog on her favourite destinations. It just so happened that 95% turned out to be about New Zealand. Follow Christina and her blog on Twitter, like her blog on Facebook, and subscribe to her Youtube channel. Alternatively, subscribe to her email newsletter at the top right of this blog.

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  19 comments for “My 7 Links: what you may have missed on Jandal Road

  1. 9 July, 2011 at 20:22

    Thanks for the nomination! You have a great list 🙂

    • Christina
      10 July, 2011 at 14:48

      Thanks Erin!

  2. 10 July, 2011 at 02:53

    Thanks for the nomination, Christina. A great sample of posts too. I’m a bit Vancouver-biased so I loved the Coal Harbour post. I’ll share mine within the next week. Thanks again 🙂

    • Christina
      10 July, 2011 at 14:55

      Thanks, Russell. I know you love Vancouver, so I’m curious about your 7 Links post…!

  3. 10 July, 2011 at 06:39

    You have heaps of nice posts about one of my fave countries, New Zealand. Will have a look at the one from Franz Josef now 🙂

    • Christina
      10 July, 2011 at 14:56

      Thanks, Sophie! Enjoy the Franz Josef post 🙂

  4. bodo
    11 July, 2011 at 03:39

    the shaky camera of the Franz Josef video in my doing, apols 😉

    • Christina
      12 July, 2011 at 11:49

      Thank you for the video editing and production, many many Blog4NZ credits to you!

  5. 11 July, 2011 at 08:28

    I’d love to try a skywalk sometime.

    • Christina
      12 July, 2011 at 11:45

      Me too 🙂 See how it compares to a bungy.

  6. 11 July, 2011 at 12:20

    Have to say my favorite one is Switzerland. Love mountain villages like that so those always rank high on my list! 🙂

  7. 11 July, 2011 at 14:14

    Great round up! I really enjoyed the post on Verzasca Valley but the Franz Josef post was equally enjoyable.

    • Christina
      12 July, 2011 at 11:48

      @Jeremy Glad you liked the Switzerland post. I’ll definitely write more on Ticino and other cantons in the near future!

      @Debbie Thanks! I can imagine you like the Verzasca one, you’re the European Travelista after all! 🙂

  8. 11 July, 2011 at 21:59

    Good article Christina! A lot of adventurous activities – liked that ice climbing video – looks like a lot of fun!

    • Christina
      12 July, 2011 at 12:05

      Thank you, Mark, and thanks for nominating me! I like adventure activities, I guess that’s not a secret! Ice climbing is great fun indeed, hope you get to do it sometime!

  9. 12 July, 2011 at 06:41

    I remember the Sky jump post – still gives me the heebie geebies!

    • Christina
      12 July, 2011 at 12:06

      Haha, I know, only thinking about it makes my adrenaline pump. I’m glad my writing had the intended effect!

  10. 17 July, 2011 at 11:52

    What a lovely post on Vancouver! I’m actually from Vancouver Island – did you get a chance to go there? I’ve yet to visit NZ but I can tell as I delve into your blog I’ll get a lot more motivated to do it sooner rather than later.

  11. Christina
    17 July, 2011 at 15:39

    Thank you, Samuel! I’m glad you’re enjoying the NZ content, hope you get to visit Aotearoa soon!

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