Monthly Archives: June 2017

Our New Zealand road trip itinerary

New Zealand road trip itinerary

A New Zealand road trip was our #1 bucket list item for years, so to put it lightly, we were extremely excited to get there. And our one month there was everything we could have hoped for, and more. New Zealand surpassed every expectation with breathtakingly beautiful scenery, interesting wildlife, and extremely nice people. We found others’ […]

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Christchurch: a city rebuilding

Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand

After seeing so much beauty throughout the South Island of New Zealand, it was a bit of a contrast to arrive in Christchurch. We’d heard the center of the city had been leveled by an earthquake in 2011, but we didn’t really grasp what that meant until we got there. Buildings were in rubble and […]

Gorgeous Aoraki/Mount Cook and Lake Tekapo

Sunset, Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and Lake Tekapo on the South Island of New Zealand are two of the most beautiful, special places we’ve been… anywhere… ever. Read on to learn how to walk the Kea Point track in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and what to do in Lake Tekapo. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park We drove to […]

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Arrowtown, Wanaka, and Twizel

Driving from Wanaka to Twizel, New Zealand

After our stint in Fjordland on the South Island of New Zealand, we started making our way north and east. Our next stops on our New Zealand road trip were Arrowtown, Wanaka, and Twizel. Driving the Devil’s Staircase The drive from Te Anau to the Queenstown/Arrowtown area is quite pretty. But there’s one infamous section we read about called the […]

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Milford Sound vs. Doubtful Sound

Milford Sound, New Zealand

We love fjords. On trips to Fjordland on the South Island of New Zealand, many people choose: Milford Sound vs. Doubtful Sound. But we didn’t want to choose, so we did both! Here’s our detailed comparison for your choosing pleasure. Milford Sound A trip to Milford Sound is about more than just the cruise… to get into the area, you drive along one of the […]

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Oamaru, Dunedin, and the Otago Peninsula

Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

Our introduction to the South Island of New Zealand was by plane. We flew from Wellington to Christchurch, but we didn’t stay long. We hit the eastern side of the island first, driving south to Oamaru and then to Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. We had been told we would find the South Island of New […]

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7 things to do in Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand

We ended our tour of the North Island of New Zealand in windy Wellington. It turned out to be our favorite big New Zealand city. Here are seven things to do in New Zealand’s capital. Ride the Cable Car The Wellington Cable Car goes up though the hills of the Kelburn suburbs, offering great views along the way […]

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Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa regions

Te Mata Peak, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

Next up on our New Zealand North Island itinerary… wine country. From Taupo, we drove east to Hawke’s Bay, and then south to the Wairarapa. Hawke’s Bay During our planning, we came across the loveliest sounding B&B in the Hawke’s Bay area. Redcliffe Homestead is on an orchard in Taradale. The owners, Sue and Brian, and their two golden […]

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Geothermal hotspots Rotorua and Taupo

Orakei Korako Geothermal Park and Cave, New Zealand

From Auckland, we drove south to explore more of New Zealand‘s North Island. We hit two places in the center: Rotorua and Taupo. Rotorua Our original plan involved stopping at Hobbiton, which is between Auckland and Rotorua. But pouring rain put a stop to that idea. We still got a good feel for the Shire, though, driving through rolling green […]

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Auckland and Waiheke Island

View of Auckland from Waiheke Island ferry, New Zealand

We arrived at Auckland Airport very excited. We had always wanted to come to New Zealand. In fact, the country was one of the places that inspired us to take this journey since we knew it deserved more than the longest two-week vacation we could have taken while working. We only had three days in […]