Forgotten World Highway Roadtrip

The Forgotten World Highway is one of New Zealand’s well-known drives that traverses 148km as State Highway 43 from Stratford to Taumarunui. It offers beautiful views as the road passes various saddles, goes through a tunnel or two, stops at…

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Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park is tucked away on the west coast of the North Island on a peninsula sticking out in the region of Taranaki. The crowning glory of this region? Mount Taranaki is an active stratovolcano home to plenty of…

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Pouakai Tarns Hike

Pouakai Tarns is one of the most well-known hikes of the Mount Taranaki region in Egmont National Park. If you do a quick Google search, you’ll see incredible photos of Mount Taranaki reflected in the tarns at all hours of…

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A Guide to Upolu

We arrived in Apia from Auckland after a most event-filled 24 hours of travel (read about that adventure here). So similar to the other Pacific Islands I have visited, Samoa is a land of palm trees gently waving in the…

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Volunteering for Puppies in Samoa

With the end date of Nico’s visa quickly approaching, we had plans to head out of New Zealand for a ten-day trip to Samoa, so that by the time we returned we could get Nico a new visitor visa upon…

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A Guide to Savai’i

Savai’i – the untouched neighbour of Upolu, the second of the main islands of Samoa. There is no airport here and just one road encircles the island. It’s hot, sticky, slow, sunny and wonderful. We enjoyed Upolu, with the bustling Apia,…

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Coronavirus and Traveling to Samoa

What happens when a pandemic threatens to tear across the world and you’re about to go traveling? With every news outlet churning out coronavirus updates all day long, we’re plagued with warnings sounding the alarm bells. You can’t go far…

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A Guide to Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city, tucked on the southernmost point of the North Island. It sits on the Cook Strait and is connected to the South Island with regular ferry crossings to Picton. A compact and bustling place, there…

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