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Hiking To Mueller’s Hut At Mt. Cook, New Zealand

May 7, 2016
hiking to mueller's hut mt. cook

Don’t let the epic photos fool you. I cried like a baby on the way up AND down. I’ve hiked mountains before but this is the first time I actually climbed UP one, hands and all. It wasn’t easy and for me, didn’t seem totally worth it in the end but it was an EXPERIENCE, and that’s what us travelers are looking for aren’t we?   If you want to climb to a mountain hut and stay overnight at the…

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Thoughts on Living in a Van And Traveling Around New Zealand + My Upcoming Travel Plans

April 4, 2016
buying a campervan in auckland new zealand

Two days and I’m on a plane out of Auckland. For a little over three months, we have been living out of a van and traveling around the entire country of New Zealand. It’s the longest I’ve lived in a country that was quite similar to my own, which gave me the time to really analyze the differences and how I feel about them.   And, while I’ve taken extended road trips before, this is the first time that I…

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A New Zealand Farm Stay: Rare Breed Animals and Craft Workshops

March 29, 2016
New Zealand farm stay and craft classes

Baby alpacas. I repeat, BABY, alpacas. Barely able to stand on their new sets of legs, and awkwardly running to chase birds is what I watched these little cuties do every day that I woke up on Warwickz Farm. Driving around New Zealand, there are clearly more farms than towns and more sheep than people. Seemingly a huge part of their culture, I wanted to get out of the van, away from the tourist sites and onto a farm. I…

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Auckland’s Ponsonby Street: A Place For Art, Food, Innovation and History

March 14, 2016

I tend to gravitate towards Hipsters these days. And, similar to my visit to Melbourne, when I find them, I usually stay there.     Ponsonby has a past truly fitting for the interesting and quirky atmosphere it exudes today. It’s surrounding areas were once significant points for trading, fishing and camping for the Maori population but as years progressed, the neighborhood changed quite rapidly. Home to the working and middle class, the area eventually become quite run down from…

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Sea Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

February 22, 2016
Kayaking at Abel Tasman National Park

This experience involved seals. Fat, adorable, sun-bathing seals. I had heard that Abel Tasman National Park was pretty gorgeous and we happened to be in the area so we went for it. After visiting the information center, it was clear that the THING to do there was sea kayaking and since we had never sea kayaked before, we booked a trip.   Choosing A Company The information center had so many pamphlets for sea kayaking that I took a defeated…

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Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing In New Zealand

February 18, 2016
Tongariro Crossing hiking in New Zealand

We walked for eight hours. EIGHT HOURS! But, every step was beautiful and I can’t even complain about my sore Achilles.   Rated one of New Zealand’s top walks, the Tongariro crossing was just another one of those things that I heard was a “must-do” in New Zealand. And, since we didn’t plan much, and the name rang a bell, we went for it. There’s a volcano, seemingly desolate landscape, emerald pools of sulfur stinking water and miles of flowered…

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Seeing The Glow Worms At New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves

February 15, 2016
glowworms in waitomo caves new zealand

The ceilings of these caves are full of worms. While the worms that I know are busy excavating around tree roots, these guys are just hanging out, making their butts glow and attracting bugs into their lair to feast on.   I had heard about New Zealand’s infamous glowworms years ago, and I finally had my chance to see them. The town of Waitomo doesn’t have a whole lot going on (except for a pretty sweet wood-chopping competition in the…

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What To Do In New Zealand’s Coromandel

February 9, 2016
Hot water beach new zealand

No one bothered to tell me what the Coromandel was.   “The Coromandel is beautiful!”, they said. “You’ve got to take a drive up to the Coromandel!”, they stressed. I nodded in agreement, saying that “yes, yes…I must.” But, I didn’t know what the hell they were talking about.   A farm, a restaurant, a beach? I couldn’t figure it out and for some reason, I couldn’t stop picturing a mantel piece. Mantel…Mandel…… It turns out, the Coromandel is an…

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A Week in The Life New Zealand

February 3, 2016

People don’t know what the hell I’m doing these days. My friends think I’m living “The Life.” My family thinks I’m “So Lucky.” And My former co-workers think I’m “on vacation.”     The truth is, all of those perceptions are true but also completely false at the same time.     Like I’ve done while living in Thailand and Bali, I recorded everything I did for a week while living in New Zealand. While every week for me is…

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An Independent New Zealand Road Trip: How to Buy a Campervan in Auckland

February 2, 2016
buying a campervan in auckland new zealand

People in New Zealand are living out of vans.   There are loads of them and most aren’t native to the country. Unlike the backpackers interrailing around Europe, the travelers in New Zealand are seeing the country on four wheels.   There are tour companies that will take travelers around, but I liked the idea of doing it on my own terms. I thought that buying a van and touring the country was just an idea that I had, but…

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