Two Days in Wellington

This post is part of our 35-day road trip in New Zealand! After catching the rugby games in Wellington, we walked back through Cuba Street to our Airbnb, checking out some of Wellington’s nightlife before two days of sightseeing. Day 1:  Market, Somes Island, and the...

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,...

Taupo Volcanic Zone & Hiking Tongariro

The Taupo Volcanic Zone is a large V-shaped area in the North Island full of geothermal activity.  The weather cleared up so we took off to see some pretty wild and unique things! Disclaimer:  Some of the activities mentioned in this post were received free of...

Kiwifruit Country: Kiwi Orchard in Tauranga

Our next stop in the Tauranga region was Kiwifruit Country.  We’d seen kiwi orchards all along our drive.  The plots are often surrounded by barrier trees that have been trained to be tall and thin.  The barrier trees block noise and wind to protect the...

Hiking Mount Maunganui in Tauranga, New Zealand

After camping at McLaren Falls and kayaking with glowworms, we packed up our camping gear and took off to hike Mount Maunganui. Mount Maunganui is located in Tauranga, the 5th largest city in New Zealand with a population of just over 100,000. We stayed at a fantastic Airbnb...

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...

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...

Auckland, New Zealand for 5 Days

David and I flew into Auckland to begin our 5-week road trip around the country. Day 1 – The Waterfront and New Zealand Maritime Museum Our AirBnB was just a block off Queens St, the main area of Auckland.  We took a right turn and walked all the way down to the...