We chose to visit Tutukaka in the northern part of New Zealand’s north island because of its access to Poor Knights Marine Reserve. Our preference for nature, water sports, and diving, coupled with quieter, less touristy areas drove our choice.
Why visit Rotorua?
Does local culture and history interest you? How about geology? Or Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? All this and more awaits Continue reading
Lake Taupo & Around
If you love the outdoors, beautiful scenery, mountains, waterways, history and culture, look no further than the Lake Taupo Area on New Zealand’s North Island. It brims with outdoor activities, from Continue reading
On a recent 7 week visit to New Zealand, my photographer husband and I spent a few days in Wellington, now our favorite city in New Zealand. Learn about the diverse experiences it offers, from wildlife to movie sets.
Why visit Wellington
Stewart Island is an unspoiled naturally beautiful oasis, and only a 1-hour ferry ride from Bluff, the southernmost edge of New Zealand’s South Island, 30 km south of New Zealand’s South Island across the Foveaux strait.
As the closest land mass to Antarctica, it is quite remote and far to travel; most people never visit Stewart Island, including New Zealanders. Stewart Island, and the nearby Ulva Island, are famous for Continue reading
Magical Milford Sound
In the pristine and scenic Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is New Zealand and its surrounding area’s most dramatic natural attraction. Its captivating scenery boasts: Continue reading
Choose to stay in a big tourist town – Queenstown, or the lesser known town of Glenorchy?
When New Zealand is mentioned, those who have been there often point to a mandatory visit to Queenstown. Most visitors hiking the Routeburn Track stay in Queenstown. It’s likely if you went to the Southern Alps, you stayed in Queenstown for at least 1 night. Our attitudes towards ‘Adventures in Style for Less,’ led us to Glenorchy instead.