New Zealand 8: A Wellington Hen Party and reaching my travel peak

After living abroad and traveling the world in short bursts, I can attest that there comes a point during travel when you have reached your peak. (Sometimes but not always a literal peak like the Tongariro Crossing) Although the time it takes to reach that pinnacle of experience varies, I can say that I usually reach my … More New Zealand 8: A Wellington Hen Party and reaching my travel peak

New Zealand 6: Horseback Riding and Lamb Cuddling at Blue Duck Station

We fell asleep easily in our warm bunk beds after a long night around the fire and woke up to the stunning scenery of Blue Duck Station. I elected for an afternoon activity and was finally allowed to sleep in for the first time in several days. It felt so good to rest and slow down for a moment. Bus … More New Zealand 6: Horseback Riding and Lamb Cuddling at Blue Duck Station

New Zealand 5: Hot Springs and Cliff Swinging in Rotorua and a very blue night

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged but I have an excuse! We bought a house! It is so pretty and cute and I love it. We close on June 30th so things are a bit mad. But that’s life. Back to to New Zealand!   We left things off at an exciting day exploring the … More New Zealand 5: Hot Springs and Cliff Swinging in Rotorua and a very blue night

New Zealand 4: I’m Going on an Adventure… Hobbiton and Lake Aniwhenua

We are going on an adventure! Where? To the wonderful world of Hobbiton! When choosing our daily activities with the Stray Bus on our North Island tour, I knew I HAD to visit this famous movie set. Yes I may be a nerd but movie sets are so fascinating especially for a movie as aesthetically stunning … More New Zealand 4: I’m Going on an Adventure… Hobbiton and Lake Aniwhenua

New Zealand 3: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Doing the Haka

After our night in the rainforest (or so we dubbed our Raglan hostel), we boarded the bus to Waitomo for a day at the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves. While most of the bus opted for the scenic boat ride through the caves, a few of us decided to do something a little more adventurous… Cave … More New Zealand 3: Waitomo Glowworm Caves and Doing the Haka

New Zealand 2: Boarding the Stray Bus and Raglan Beach

After 3 very long and wet days living it up in Auckland, we woke early Tuesday morning to walk to the appointed meeting place for our North Island adventure! Upon finding Stray Bus, we immediately knew that this was going to be nothing like we expected. We watched as the bus slowly filled up with 20-30 something … More New Zealand 2: Boarding the Stray Bus and Raglan Beach