Queenstown & Glenorchy

Like almost all of our 70+ hours in the car so far, the drive from Wanaka to Queenstown involved some pretty splendid views. We stayed Read More →


From the frosty mountains of Franz Joseph, we crossed the southern alps into the warm, dry, golden land of New Zealand’s Otago region to our Read More →

Glacier Country

After driving down the beautiful west coast highway of New Zealand’s south island, we arrived in the tiny town of Franz Joseph, home of the Read More →

Abel Tasman National Park

Abel Tasman was the first European to land on the islands now known as New Zealand. He sailed in 1642-1643, and according to the Dutch Read More →

Climbing Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is a formidable beast in the midst of flatlands and farms on the southeast corner of New Zealand’s north island. It is one Read More →

Road Reading, Part VIII

I’m currently reading book #82 of this year of travel and can’t put it down. It certainly says something that we are in these gorgeous Read More →

Central North Island

From the Coromandel Peninsula, we drove a few more hours south to the western coast of New Zealand’s North Island. What brought us there is actually Read More →

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We woke up at 4:50am to start our day hiking “one of the best day hikes in the world”: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing. After an Read More →

The Coromandel Peninsula

Pronounce it “Cor-o-MEN-dull”, which we still can’t instinctively do on cue. KARANGAHAKE GORGE After leaving Auckland, our first stop on the way towards the Coromandel Read More →

The Pinnacles Track

I have been looking forward to hiking the Pinnacles Track ever since I began typing “New Zealand” into Pinterest and drooling over the photos. The Read More →