New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing

A Long Day in the Mountains: Hiking the Tongariro Crossing

Finally the day had come. We were preparing to walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a 20-odd kilometre trek in the...

Huka Falls jetboat

A high-speed visit to Huka Falls

You just can’t visit New Zealand without spending some time on a jetboat.  I’m not sure if it’s a legal...

Waimangu

Stinky, spectacular Rotorua

Rotorua stinks. I mean, literally, it really stinks. The small city is built on a geothermal hotspot that brings bubbling...

Sunset, Mount Maunganui.jpg

Mount Maunganui, you’re kinda great

The drive from Waitomo to Mount Maunganui only took a couple of hours, the road winding through rolling farmland that...

Cave thinker, Lost World Tour, Waitomo

Dropping in on the Waitomo Caves

100 metres really isn’t very far.  Just ask Usain Bolt. It’s funny, though.  When you’re standing on the edge of...

Train carriage room, Raglan

Trains and tipis in … Raglan?

I’d only ever been to Raglan once before, on a rushed road trip through the North Island many years ago. ...

Diving in the Poor Knights Islands

Amazing diving in the Poor Knights Islands

Back when I was planning our time in New Zealand, three days in Northland had seemed like a decent amount....

Dolphins in the Bay of Islands

(Not) swimming with dolphins in the far north

Heading north out of Auckland the low cloud started to lift and with it, my spirits.  The top of New...

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