Category: New Zealand

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 […]

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Kaikoura: Worth Waking Up at 4 a.m.

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Kaikoura: Worth Waking Up at 4 a.m.

There aren’t many things I’d wake up at 4 a.m. for; but swimming with wild dolphins is one of them. Initially, I hadn’t considered swimming with dolphins in New Zealand. I figured it would be a Sea World-esque experience, where they’d throw you in a […]

Float Beneath Living Lights in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Float Beneath Living Lights in the Waitomo Glowworm Caves

On the North Island of New Zealand, there are caves where you can look up at the night sky while deep underground. No, this isn’t a fairy tale; it’s the Waitomo Glowworm Caves.   Photos of the blue-ish glow from the worms look like something […]

15,000 ft of Fun: Skydiving in Taupo, New Zealand

15,000 ft of Fun: Skydiving in Taupo, New Zealand

I knew there was one thing I had to do during my trip to New Zealand: skydive. New Zealand is well known for its extreme activities. Most people come to bungy jump off bridges ranging from 40 to over 100 metres high. I’ve never had […]