Visiting Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge was our first introduction to The Coromandel, a beautiful peninsula near to Auckland and thus popular with city-livers keen to escape into the countryside. There’s plenty to do and explore here. Karangahake Gorge is an abandoned gold mine,…

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Mount Maunganui Hike

We had heard only good things from other travelers about trekking up to the summit of Mount Maunganui. We can see why! Not a lot of effort is required for this 30-40 minute trek up the summit via one of…

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7 Free Things to Do in Rotorua

Rotorua is well-known as the stinkiest city in New Zealand! This is thanks to the bubbling geothermal activities that call Rotorua home. The city is built around a number of extra-hot mud pools, erupting geysers and sulphuric deposits that all…

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Visiting The Redwoods of Rotorua

In Rotorua, natural geothermal activity bubbles away all day every day at high temperatures, contributing to the rotten egg sulphur smell that lingers around town! There’s plenty of funky places to explore here that contribute to a pretty unique experience…

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Visiting Hobbiton!

Oh, Hobbiton. A place where fantasy blurs with reality and where wonder comes to life. A place where you can run through the Shire just like Bilbo did, yelling “I’m going on an adventure!” and where you really feel like…

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How to Buy & Sell a Van in New Zealand

New Zealand is an idyllic travel location – quirky cities, incredible waterfalls, thousands of km of breathtaking hiking trails. And one of the most awesome and convenient ways to get around this two island nation is with your own wheels.…

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Gisborne Peninsula Roadtrip

The Gisborne Peninsula is a relatively unexplored gem – when comparing to other popular attractions in the country. Understandably so, it’s a far drive from most of the typical tourist routes. But for those who do make the effort to…

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First Sunrise in the World at East Cape

What a privilege to be able to say we were the very first people on the planet to watch the sunrise on June 6, 2020. A 6am start saw us walking up 800 steps to the easternmost lighthouse in the…

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