Learning about Sheep and Rugby in the North Island
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Learning about Sheep and Rugby in the North Island

Wednesday after our Tongariro Crossing hike, we took it easy; a leisurely wake-up, a big breakfast, and then a quiet drive to our next AirBnb in Ashhurst. Staying on a Farm Carol’s place is advertised as a mini-farm, one of the reasons I picked to stay there. On two acres, with the main house and…

Kayaking with Glowworms in Tauranga, New Zealand
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Kayaking with Glowworms in Tauranga, New Zealand

After the hiking Karangahake Gorge, we packed up for our next destination: Tauranga.  We booked a private tour with Waimarino Glow Worm Kayak Tours, which departed from McLaren Falls Park. Disclaimer:  Some of the activities mentioned in this post were received free of charge or at a discounted rate.  We were psyched to have their support, but this…

Karangahake Gorge and Dickey Flats Campground
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Karangahake Gorge and Dickey Flats Campground

After buying our car in Auckland and spending five days touring the city, we packed up into Fornaxia and took off for our first three sights in our road trip:  Owharoa Falls, the Dickey Flats Campground, and Karangahake Gorge. Owharoa Falls Our first stop was Owharoa Falls in Waikino.  The falls are just a 2-minute walk from…