NZ Road Trip: By the Numbers

NZ Road Trip!
From mid-April to mid-July, Mac & I drove around the country for an NZ Road Trip in our little boat-sized 1997 Toyota Camry. We hiked, we camped, we saw & we adventured. And it was amazing. New Zealand is such a beautiful country and I’m so incredibly happy that we had almost 3 full months to explore almost every nook & cranny.

We saw glaciers & mountains, and waterfalls & pristine lakes. We admired […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Categories: Monthly Statistics, New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Cruising Around the Coromandel

Coromandel Peninsula, NZ
The Coromandel Peninsula is located east of Auckland and is separated from the city by the Firth of Thames and the Hauraki Gulf. It’s known for its stunning beaches, rugged & mountainous geography, and its undeniable charm. Mac & I spent a few days circumnavigating the peninsula on our way back to Auckland. We had briefly visited this area when we hiked the Pinnacles track, but there was certainly SO much more to […]

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park, NZ
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is hailed as New Zealand’s most popular day hike – and for good reason! This hike traverses desert, alpine, and forest regions over 19.4km and can be done in 5-8 hours. The track runs between two volcanoes (Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe) which can both be summitted if desired. The track is open year round offering hikers the option of dry & rocky terrain in the summer, and […]

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Skydiving in Taupo!

Taupo, NZ
Throughout our road trip there was one big ‘thing’ that Mac & I had talked about doing. It’s no secret that New Zealand is somewhat of an adventure capital. We’ve done our fair share of hikes & such, but one activity I had wanted to check off my bucket list was skydiving. Mac had already bungee jumped when he was in NZ 6 years ago (and I have no desire to jump off a […]

By |July 9th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

Recapping June

As per usual, I’m a few days late with this post. I do hope you’ll forgive me – but this was one of our best months yet & I just can’t resist recapping June (even if it is a week or so into July by the time I post this)!
Writing
Day Walks near Greymouth

Monteith’s Brewery Tour

NZ Roadtrip: Greymouth to Nelson

Abel Tasman Coast Walk

Exploring Golden Bay

Lake Rotoiti Loop Walk

Hiking the Queen Charlotte Sound

When in Wellington…

(So technically a […]

By |July 7th, 2016|Categories: Life, Monthly Statistics, New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

Rainy Days in Taupo & Rotorua

The middle of the North Island is chalk full of different activities to keep your day busy. Anything from river rafting, bungee jumping, thermal hot pools, to hiking and skydiving. The winter weather returned for Mac & I and we were somewhat stuck inside for our days in Taupo and Rotorua. The miserable weather meant that we had to pass on the thrill-seeking adventures (for now…). But fortunately the rain cleared a bit and we […]

By |July 6th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Rotorua|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Lake Tarawera Trail

Rotorua, NZ
Following our East Cape adventures, Mac & I continued into Rotorua. Back when my family was here in February, we managed to see quite a bit of the city & its surroundings, but there was one thing I still wanted to do. I should clarify, thing = hike. The Lake Tarawera Trail is relatively new having just opened 3 years ago in 2013. It’s rumoured to be part of a proposed trail around the entire lake […]

By |July 4th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Rotorua|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

NZ Road Trip: East Coast

The East Coast of the North Island is often overlooked as a travel destination in New Zealand. It’s remoteness and lack of specific ‘touristy things’ makes it easy to skip for many people. Mac & I are not those people. With an open schedule and a full tank of gas, we headed Out East (as they like to say)!
Napier
Our first stop was in Napier. This city is famous for it’s abundance of Art Deco references. The […]

By |July 2nd, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments