A Kiwi’s Guide to Bali

Find out what Jim got up to on his two-week vacation in Bali (besides enjoying the sunshine and beach life). Here are his top recommendations:

For a wild time: Waterbom Theme Park

While one of the pricier attractions in Seminyak, splashing out for this waterpark, which is said to be one of the best in the world, was well worth the money. The rides are no less than terrifying, so drop your faint-hearted friends off at the kids pool.

$50-60 NZ



For the intrepid traveller: Eco-rice patty fields

If scenic is more your thing, make sure you check out this beautiful destination in Ubud. You can stay in huts on the edge of rice fields and even a tree house. I settled for something a little less intrepid, but just as beautiful. The view is to die for, with a massive open lounge surrounded by coconut trees and rice fields. If you are heading to Ubud, do not look past this place!

$48 NZD per night

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For the Hungry Heart: Fat Gajah Seminyak

The nicest nonalcoholic drinks I have ever had in my life. I left with some serious liquid retention.

$20-30 NZD per person

Spicy & cooling cucumber cocktail *delish* #fatgajah #SFdoesBali @sal_oshea

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Bo and Bun:

Best pork bun I have ever had in my life. Make sure you head down in the evening as the dim lighting is a mood setter. The interior design is beautiful, and the vibe is great.

 $20-30 NZD per person



For the Lovers of all things Cute and Cuddly

Ubud Monkey Forest: Get amongst some seriously cute (and super cheeky) monkeys in their natural habitat. With over 600 monkeys who aren’t at all afraid of humans, there’s plenty of opportunities to interact with the Balinese long-tailed monkeys. 

$5 NZD per person

Note: Hold on to your possessions. A monkey took my drink bottle and tipped the water on me!  

#monkeyfamily #sacredmonkeyforest #bali

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For the person in need of a treat: Spring Spa

In the heart of Seminyak, Spring has a rooftop Spa with views right out to the ocean. This is where I had the best massages of my trip. My feet, neck, and shoulders were in serious need of some TLC after a busy few days in Seminyak. The lovely staff at Spring Spa had me sorted straight away. The location was amazing, and the view was even better! Spring also has a spa in Petitenget, which is a must-see if you are ever in the area. We highly recommend this if you are in Bali!

$40 NZD per person



For the Gram: Mexicola

The interior design in this place was like no other I have ever seen. Mexicola is definitely one of the coolest restaurants and bars I have ever seen. While the menu was a little on the pricey side, it was well worth it as the atmosphere was so cool, and the mouth-watering margaritas were to die for.


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Written by James Knapp

Feature writer at XYNZ Magazine. James is a design and media graduate from VUW with great taste.
Instagram @jamesalexanderknapp

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