Our visit to Stewart Island (New Zealand's third-largest island, just south of the South Island) was one of the highlights of our road trip around the country. To be honest, though, we'd never even heard of it before booking our Stray Maximus Pass and seeing it on their itinerary. I'm so glad we went! This … Continue reading Stewart Island – New Zealand’s Third Island
New Zealand's South Island is the country's most popular one with tourists, and for good reason. It offers scenic fjords, epic glaciers, dramatic mountains, and all the bungee jumping you can stomach. Since it's a relatively small island, you can easily travel throughout and visit all the major points of interest in about two weeks. … Continue reading Perfect Road Trip Itinerary on New Zealand’s South Island
Is the Franz Josef Glacier Helihike Worth it? This was the very question Tim and I wrangled with in advance of arriving in Franz Josef. We had budgeted for the steep price tag ($459 NZD per person) but still weren't sure if we really wanted to spend it or save it. Neither of us grew … Continue reading Is Helihiking Franz Josef Glacier Worth It?
Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Picton on the ferry from Wellington and travel to Abel Tasman National Park Day 2: Hiking in Abel Tasman National Park Day 3: Travel to Westport via Cape Foulwind Day 4: Travel to Franz Josef Glacier Days 5-7: Free days in Franz Josef for hiking Day 8: Travel to Wanaka … Continue reading New Zealand’s South Island – The Best Adult Playground
If you are traveling through New Zealand’s North Island, and you enjoy the outdoors and hiking (and honestly what are you doing in NZ if you don’t?), then the Tongariro Alpine Crossing should absolutely be a priority in your plans! This was easily one of the best things my husband and I did during our … Continue reading What to Expect: Hiking Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The very first big tourism activity we did in New Zealand was a day trip up to Cape Reinga from Paihia. Admittedly, this wasn't even a day trip that was on my radar, but it was included in the hop-on/hop-off bus pass we had booked for touring around the north and south islands. I am … Continue reading What to Expect: Cape Reinga Day Trip from Paihia
New Zealand's North Island totally surprised me. Most of the top attractions I'd heard of in my research were based on the South Island, so I traveled through the north without any expectations. The north has so much more to offer than I knew, from tropical beaches to world-famous surf towns, and a deep respect … Continue reading New Zealand’s North Island Two Week Road Trip Itinerary
Itinerary: Day 1: Arrive in Auckland Day 2: Head north to Paihia Day 3: Cape Reinga day trip Day 4: Morning exploring Russell Island and then back to Auckland Day 5: Drive to Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, kayak to Cathedral Cove and visit Hot Water Beach Days 6-8: Leisure days in Hahei (snorkeling, hiking) … Continue reading Unexpected Adventures on New Zealand’s North Island