06 Aug 2019

Cape Reinga: A Trip to the Top of New Zealand

The main reason for our recent North Island trip was to finally explore the beaches and coastlines of Northland. Cape Reinga is as far north as you can go in New Zealand and it’s a popular spot for that reason. Well, not only that reason – it’s a beautiful place

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23 Jul 2019

Camping at Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland, New Zealand

One of the highlights of our recent North Island road trip was a place I hadn’t even heard of before planning the trip.  Kai Iwi Lakes, a set of three small lakes on the Kauri Coast (three hours north of Auckland), is quite unlike anywhere else I’ve been in New

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25 Jun 2019

Hiking to the Pouakai Tarns, Mount Taranaki + Other Things to Do in New Plymouth, New Zealand

When it came to creating mountains, the North Island got a little short changed. It’s mostly flat, which is in complete contrast to the mountainous South Island. There are some mountains (or, more accurately, volcanoes) to explore though, and Mount Taranaki is one of them. There are various tracks in

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Exploring the Tutukaka Coast, New Zealand
04 Jun 2019

Matapouri Bay / Whale Bay: Exploring the Tutukaka Coast, New Zealand

You might not have heard of the Tutukaka Coast, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a visit. This stretch of coastline north of Whangarei is home to two of New Zealand’s best beaches, Matapouri Bay and Whale Bay, and a scenic coastal track that connects them. Whether you’re spending

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19 Apr 2019

A Bay of Islands Tour + Other Things to Do in Paihia and Russel, New Zealand

If you’re into rugged coastal scenery, deserted beaches and being out on the open water you’ll want to head for the Bay of Islands, around three hours north of Auckland. There is heaps to do in the area, including a couple of waterfalls, two of New Zealand’s nicest seaside towns

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12 Apr 2019

New Zealand Road Trip: What to See in New Zealand in a Month

So, you have a month in New Zealand and you want to see the best of what this country has to offer? I have good and bad news. You won’t be able to see all the iconic places in New Zealand in a month, even if you have a superhuman

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05 Apr 2019

Waitomo Glowworm Cave Tour + Other Places to See in Waitomo, New Zealand

One of the best travel experiences you can have on New Zealand’s North Island is a journey into the depths of the Waitomo Glowworm Cave. You’ve probably seen the surreal photos of boats passing under thousands of tiny blue lights, but what is a Waitomo Glowworm Cave tour really like?

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14 Mar 2019

New Zealand Weather: When Is the Best Time to Visit New Zealand?

New Zealand weather is a fickle beast. The whole “four seasons in one day” line gets trotted out a lot and it is accurate. I was inspired to write this post about when is the best time to visit New Zealand after the recent trip Prince Harry and Megan Markle

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