Category: New Zealand

Hot Water Beach: A Guide to the Renowned Beach

Hot Water Beach: A Guide to the Renowned Beach

After months of complaining about how I’m melting in the New Zealand heat, autumn has finally arrived and the temperatures are beginning to dip. So, of course, I suddenly miss the crazy heat the had me sweating from literally every pore in my body. Now […]

What to do in Waiheke: A Guide to Auckland’s Wine Island

What to do in Waiheke: A Guide to Auckland’s Wine Island

If you love wine, go to Waiheke. At least, that’s what everyone told me when I moved to Auckland. Waiheke is a small island off the coast of Auckland. It’s easily accessible by a 30 minute ferry that runs regularly throughout the week. The island […]

Weta Workshop: Stepping Behind the Movie Magic

Weta Workshop: Stepping Behind the Movie Magic

As you may already know from my Hobbiton and Mount Doom … er, I mean Tongariro Crossing posts, I am a total Lord of the Ring nerd. I even studied Tolkien at university (they actually gave me credit for that!). So, of course, I jumped […]

Te Matatini Kapa Haka: Attending a Māori Festival

Te Matatini Kapa Haka: Attending a Māori Festival

I got my first taste of traditional Māori song and dance at the Tamaki Māori Village back in November. The soothing tones of the poi songs and the blatant aggression of the haka was enthralling. I knew I wanted to see more. As luck would have […]

New Zealand Kauri Trees: A Tale of Dinosaurs and Giants

New Zealand Kauri Trees: A Tale of Dinosaurs and Giants

Silent amongst the native birds and reptiles of New Zealand, lives the kauri tree. Although they are less well-known than the kiwi or the kea, the kauri are a symbol of New Zealand. These majestic giants can be found in small pockets throughout northern New […]

The Cheapest Way to See the Franz Josef Glacier

The Cheapest Way to See the Franz Josef Glacier

One of the iconic stops for tourists in New Zealand is the Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island. Most people go to take a helicopter hike along the top of the glacier. I balked at the $350 NZD price. $350 to walk on ice? […]

Tamaki Maori Village Overnight Stay

Tamaki Maori Village Overnight Stay

The Tamaki Māori Village was one of New Zealand’s highest rated attractions in 2018. They have won numerous awards for being the best cultural activity in Australasia and is rated one of the top 10 cultural activities in the world. The Tamaki Māori Village appealed […]

Hobbiton: A Movie Set Adventure

Hobbiton: A Movie Set Adventure

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien   I visited Hobbiton on November 13th. I took so many photos that it has taken me nearly two months to narrow them down to a somewhat appropriate amount […]

The Tongariro Crossing: Why You Should (Maybe Not) Hike 19.4 km

The Tongariro Crossing: Why You Should (Maybe Not) Hike 19.4 km

Although the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most popular day hikes for tourists in New Zealand, it’s not an easy trek. The walk is a 19.4km linear journey that passes over a multi-cratered, active volcanic field. The pass used to be known as […]

Travel the Pathway to the Underworld at Cape Reinga

Travel the Pathway to the Underworld at Cape Reinga

At the top of New Zealand’s north island, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, lies a passage to the underworld. Te Rerenga Wairua, also known as Cape Reinga, is the most spiritually significant place in the country for New Zealand’s Māori people. It […]