Cooks Cove Walkway Hike

We were pleasantly surprised by this hike. Expecting a simple hike with some nice oceanic views, we were actually blown away by the immense beauty that this hike provides. The trail starts by climbing up through private farmland and you’re…

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Hawke’s Bay Roadtrip

Hawke’s Bay is a well-known destination for kiwis to head to for some relaxation time. The region is simply beautiful, tucked on the far east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. At the southern end, you’ll find the…

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5 Awesome Shops to Visit in Napier

Napier is the art deco hub of New Zealand sitting on the east coast just about in the middle of the North Island. There’s a fun town centre with beautiful trees and a long parade you can walk along next…

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Visiting Huka Falls

We visited Taupo twice – once in mid-March the day New Zealand went into national lock down against COVID-19, and once again in late May to revisit and pick up where we had left off. In Taupo, you can walk,…

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park is in the heart of the North Island and by and large one of the most popular national parks in the entire country. Tongariro National Park is a UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site and features a three…

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Taranaki Falls Hike

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the most famous one-day one-way hike in Tongariro National Park and it’s part of the Tongariro Northern Circuit, a three-day loop hike that circles around the national park visiting some of the most incredible viewpoints…

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Visiting Tawhai Falls / Gollum’s Pool

Tongariro National Park is full of treasures – perhaps most famously the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 19.4km trek that traverses craters and passes Mount Ngauruhoe, known as Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, the rest of the park…

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

We finally conquered the Tongariro Alpine Crossing! Heralded as one of the best things to do in New Zealand, the crossing is an icon. In fact, it’s the most popular hike in the country! Up to 4000 people tackle the trail each…

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