Around this time last year, I put together a recap of 2015 and our ‘Big Trip’ adventures (coincidentally, it also marked our 1 year travel anniversary!). This 2016 Recap (marking 2 years since we first flew to Nicaragua!), started in Auckland, NZ where we set up residence after flying there from Chile. After living in Auckland for a few months, we packed up again and set off on an epic road trip of New Zealand. We […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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)!
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 […]