New Zealand’s center of commerce, Auckland, is a lively and culturally diverse area, the region being the largest Polynesian enclave in the whole world. The city is situated between Manukau and Waitemata harbor hence its nickname “The City of Sails.” Being enclosed by water, the city has plenty of beaches, islands and bays for the water... Read More

Traveling to Taupo

Published by - May 25, 2015
Well I seem to have started a trend here in the north island….I started out from Wellington at 8:00 AM and I was supposed to arrive in Taupo around 2:00….until we hit the Desert Highway and were turned back due to a lahare. What exactly is a lahare you might ask? Yes, for a while I was sitting on the bus thinking the same thing,... Read More

New Zealand Road Trip

Published by - Apr 7, 2015
Abel Tasman Beach The car window’s rolled down, clean air tousles my hair, a favorite CD blares while majestic scenery’s revealed at every turn with nary a car in sight. Where am I? Road tripping on the wild, west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Travel along with me on a 5 stop itinerary: Nelson Let’s start in the north and go... Read More

New Zealand’s answer to South Africa’s dominance of big game safaris has been to go in the other direction. South Africa has Kruger Park and the unbeatable Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), and now New Zealand has the Small Five – the smallest and most endangered of its indigenous species. Yellow-eyed Penguin New... Read More

Another wonderful week in New Zealand with sun, sea and sand…and dolphins! 5th: Arrived in Paihia in Bay of Islands on Thursday- had a free ticket to come with KiwiExperience- sort of confirmed my impression of them…really annoying ‘chummy’ driver who’s more interested in telling all the gap year kids where to... Read More

Beauty of the South Island

Published by - Jan 12, 2015
Today I drove from Christchurch down the center of the South Island to Ettrick.. driving past Mt. Hutt and other fantastic mountains.. these are all within an hour of Christchurch’s city center. It is just crazy that these things are so close… the beach is right here, and the mountains a small cruise. A lot like California, but... Read More