New Zealand

Rotorua Bath House

Don’t Skip: Rotorua, New Zealand

Intro to Rotorua Located on New Zealand’s North Island, a 2-3 hour drive south of Auckland, Rotorua is an established attraction for visitors. The town is located on the southern…

Nugget Point

Don’t Skip: Invercargill and New Zealand’s Southland

Intro to New Zealand’s Southland Region From the Catlins in the East to Fiordland in the West, New Zealand’s Southland region is a land of rugged coastline, rolling plains, towering…

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Triple M: Lamb Chop Mecca

For those of you who have visited New Zealand I think you will agreed with the title of this post.  Here in the US, on many a menu you will…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

  This unfurling New Zealand fern, or koru, is a perfect representation of “Renewal.”  The koru, Maori for “spiral” or “loop,” symbolizes growth, strength and peace, as well as new…

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Throwback Thursday: Round The World Slideshow

Below is our photo montage from our first RTW trip in 2008-09.  I’m hoping to inspire myself to get to work on a video from our latest trip. We hope…

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The Coromandel

Why head back to the city so soon when we could have one more pretty drive in the country?  We spent our last day-and-a-half on the Coromandel Peninsula, exploring hidden…

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Waitomo

Though we were sorely tempted to join in some caving, abseil, blackwater rafting adventures in Waitomo, time and money were short, so we opted for a long walk followed by…

Carving at Rotorua Museum

Rotorua: Thermal City, Land of Smoke and Steam

Rotorua Population-wise Rotorua is a big city (over 70,000 or so).  We were advised it might seem overly commercial for our liking, but we wanted to experience the often talked…

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Taupo

After our Alpine Crossing we needed a day of taking it easy, so we head to the thermal pools near Taupo.  I had a very relaxing mud wrap and massage…

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

From a base in Ohakune (carrot capital of NZ, and a huge ski and snoboarding center in winter), we did an amazing 19.4k walk called the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, in…