Michelle Waitzman

Kiwi Stereotypes

Kiwis love to poke fun at themselves—or more often each other—so people from different parts of the country get ribbed about their stereotypical behaviors. This will give you a bit of a head start on your Kiwi stereotypes, so you can be in on the joke too.

Read More

New Zealand Work Visas

Moving across an ocean can be complicated, to say the least. But the great thing about immigrating to New Zealand is that if you meet their requirements, Immigration New Zealand would rather bring you in than keep you out. But what type of visa do you need? Author Michelle Waitzman explains what each type of visa is for along with their pros and cons.

Read More

New Zealand Etiquette and Cultural Customs

Kiwis are quite proud of their national identity, and they will appreciate you embracing their ways as a newcomer. Respect the way things are done in New Zealand, including recognizing the bicultural elements of their culture involving the Maori. Generally, you’ll find Kiwi culture is very informal. If you want to fit in, the best thing you can do is relax and try to have some fun.

Read More

Immigrating to New Zealand: The Lay of the Land

New Zealand tends to be pictured in the world’s eyes as a couple of islands just off the coast of Australia. Here to help potential immigrants is expert author Michelle Waitzman with the lay of the land: how New Zealanders divide their country, the general landscape and population distributions, and information on regional governments.

Read More

New Zealand: Your Study Abroad Adventure

Studying in a foreign country is bound to be an exciting experience; in New Zealand, you can take that experience to new levels. Some students spend their days in New Zealand hiking up mountains, exploring active volcanoes, swimming and diving with whales and dolphins, or wandering through centuries-old ice caves. Here’s how you can join them.

Read More

A Queenstown Carol

For those from the northern hemisphere, it’s a bit surreal to experience Christmas “down under.” Author Michelle Waitzman shares her first experience of the holiday in New Zealand, from a paragliding adventure she’d never forget to a shared meal that showcased the Kiwi community spirit.

Read More

Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Moon author Jason Frye

Jason Frye (Moon Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

Raised deep in the mountains of West Virginia, Jason Frye first fell in love with North Carolina as a kid during family vacations to the Outer Banks. In 2002, he swapped his mountains for sand dunes and his river for an ocean when he moved to Wilmington to pursue a master of fine arts in creative writing. There, his love for North Carolina deepened into a longing to stay, settle, explore, and be a part of the people, culture, and history of the state.

Along with his wife, Lauren, Jason has kayaked the marshes and waterways near his home; hang glided off the Outer Banks; explored the cityscapes of Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem; and wandered the woods and wilds around Asheville.

A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Jason has contributed stories to VisitNC.com, AAA’s Go Magazine, Our State magazine, Southern Living, Salt, the Charlotte Observer and Raleigh News & Observer, and acts as a culinary critic for the Wilmington StarNews.

Keep up with Jason on Instagram @beardedwriter.