Life Lately: Summer 2016

And just like that, it’s September. To say that our Summer 2016 was a rollercoaster would be a grand understatement. Mac & I jumped head first into a fun-filled summer following our return home from being abroad for 18 months. After New York, I flew to Toronto – something about that skyline is just so incredibly mesmerizing.

My friend E picked me up from the airport and we promptly went to a bridal shower for our friend […]

By |September 3rd, 2016|Categories: Life|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

Recapping July

How is it already August?! It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Mac & I were jumping out of a plane on Canada Day!! But alas, here we are and I’m psyched to be recapping July – what an exciting month it was!
NZ Road Trip: East Coast

Lake Tarawera Trail

Rainy Days in Taupo and Rotorua

Skydiving in Taupo!

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Cruising Around the Coromandel

NZ Road Trip: By the Numbers

NZ Road Trip: Tips & Tricks

I hope […]

By |August 8th, 2016|Categories: Life, Monthly Statistics, New York, New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , |0 Comments

New York City Weekend!

New York, NY
After the 10 months we spent in New Zealand, we were ready to go home. But we had one final hurrah to do: a New York City Weekend! Neither Mac nor I had ever been there, and when a flight deal popped up from Auckland to NYC, we couldn’t pass it up! (We used Mac’s Porter points to get home to Toronto) After a whirlwind 26+ hours in transit, we made it to […]

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: New York, Travel|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

NZ Road Trip: Tips & Tricks

Mac & I spent almost 3 full months cruisin’ around New Zealand. During that time, we sure learned a lot about what to do (and sometimes what NOT to do) on an NZ Road Trip. Here are some of our tips & trips to have a successful NZ Road Trip of your own! So get ready & buckle up, because this is a long one!
The main petrol (gas) stations in NZ are: BP, Z (pronounced […]

By |July 30th, 2016|Categories: New Zealand, Travel|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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