Rotorua New Zealand – Geological & Cultural Diversity

Why visit Rotorua?

Tamaki Maori Village warriors guarding entranceDoes local culture and history interest you? How about geology? Or Hobbit and Lord of the Rings? All this and more awaits Continue reading

What’s Special about Taranaki Region in New Zealand?

Taranaki Region

Mount Taranaki in New Plymouth NZThe Taranaki region is both ‘overlooked and underappreciated,’ according to Lonely Planet.  New Plymouth New Zealand, the main town in the region, is a lovely coastal beach town known for sunny climate, art galleries, and Continue reading

Mountain High to Deep Waterways – Lake Taupo New Zealand

Lake Taupo & Around

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - Blue LakeIf 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

Wellington New Zealand – A Favorite City!

Wellington city overviewOn 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

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Stewart Island/Rakiura – New Zealand’s 3rd Island

Stewart Island

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

Milford Sound – Scenery Photographers Dream About

Magical Milford Sound

Earl and Livingston mountains along Milford Road; road trip to Milford Sound with Fiordland ToursIn 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

New Zealand Great Walk – Routeburn Track from Glenorchy

Choose to stay in a big tourist town – Queenstown, or the lesser known town of Glenorchy?

Routeburn track mountain viewWhen 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.

So why choose Glenorchy?

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Franz Josef Glacier – Activities on the Glacier

– Did you know New Zealand’s South Island has over 3000 glaciers?  Franz Josef Glacier is one offering many outdoor activities.

Franz Josef GlacierSpectacularly picturesque Franz Josef has 3 glaciers in view surrounding the New Zealand town in Glacier County. Franz Josef is filled with natural attractions. ‘Never lose an opportunity of seeing something beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.’

The friendly town of Franz Josef provides access to many activities in, on and around the Franz Josef Glacier. What an exhilarating experience to explore this magnificent World Heritage Area.

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Franz Josef New Zealand – Glacier Country Experiences off the Glacier

– Do you want to know and see the activities beyond the glaciers in Franz Josef?

Franz Josef New Zealand

Nature’s splendor surrounds Franz Josef New Zealand with rain forests, ice glaciers, mountains, the Tasman Sea, and the bird life. In summer there are gorgeous flowers, tall fern trees in the rainforest or as the New Zealanders say the magical Jurassic Forest, and crystal clear lakes, rivers and creeks.

The Franz Josef World Heritage area is chock full of easy to extreme activities from Continue reading

Karamea New Zealand – Natural Beauty of the North West Coast

North West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island

Sign Welcome to Karamea New ZealandMost people have never heard of Karamea New Zealand on the South Island’s West Coast. Tourists and locals often skip Karamea; it is relatively unspoiled. That is what attracted us. Reading about New Zealand’s pristine natural bush, the hikes, and wild coastal oceanfront, plus the quiet town of Karamea with its surrounding beauty drew us there. Places like the Oparara Basin and the unique arch rock formations, and Karamea are at the end of the West Coast’s northern road. An adventure where our only costs were room and food; truly an ‘adventure in style for less.’ All of the sights  Continue reading