Waitomo Glowworms and the FREE Raukuri Cave

May 7, 2015

So glowworms.

Have you ever seen a glowworm? It’s a pretty ridiculous little thing. Much like a lightening bug or those creepy flashlight fish, glow worms use bioluminescence attract prey. This is fairly brilliant in the whole circle of life thing, except that in the case of the glowworms (which are larvae that later turn into very non-glowing flies), they frequently “catch” their mature neighbors. In fact, they are incredibly cannibalistic. Continue Reading…

Arrowtown in the fall

May 2, 2015

May 1st (or 2nd, as the case is now. Whoops.). It conjures of images of May Day, baby animals, clearing skies, summer vacation, budding flowers …. NOPE. The small percentage of us down here in the Southern Hemisphere are heading speedily towards winter. But for the last week or two, we’ve enjoyed the last warmth of autumn sun and some beautiful fall color. Those of us who spent some time in Otago, enjoyed it even more. Continue Reading…

Wai-O-Tapu: A tourist trap worth stepping in

April 14, 2015

When traveling (or living) in New Zealand, a country whose largest export is tourism, it can be daunting to sift through all of the stuff there is to do. JUMP OFF THIS! ZIP DOWN THAT! FISH OVER HERE! Tramp, bike, fly, swing, and soar over there! (And now we’ve just summed up Queenstown.) There is a lot of tourism in New Zealand that, from me, elicits major eye roll.

That being said, when we were up on the North Island last week, we did three major touristy things. And because I did some homework, they were all freaking awesome!

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Your 10 Step Guide to Hiking (and not dying on) The Tongariro Crossing

April 10, 2015

Hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of New Zealand’s most famous tourist activities. It’s always on the “Must Do for Tourists” lists. It’s home to Mount Doom of Lord of the Rings fame, as well as some of those stunning colorful geothermal pools you always find when Googling New Zealand. It’s 19.4 kilometers of volcanic wonderland, and it’s heaven for gloat-y Instagrammers and aspiring photo-bloggers.

There’s a lot of information out there about the Tongariro Crossing. Look back over the last 5 years and you’ll find articles like, “Trampers Close to Dying” and “Heart Attack on Tongariro Crossing“. There’s too much written about what to wear, when to go, how to get there, and how to not die. The latter is actually fairly important. So I am here to your rescue, to provide you with a simple 10 step guide on how to both enjoy and avoid death on the Tongariro Aline Crossing.

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Blenheim and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

March 24, 2015

A few weeks ago we took a 24 hour trip to Blenheim. If we refer back to a handy map of New Zeaand’s south island, you may note that Blehnheim is not at a distance of which one would usually classify as overnight trip only material. But as it turned out, we needed to be in Blenheim for one night only, so we made the best of it.

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The Sign of The Packhorse

March 18, 2015

This weekend I had a really awkward work schedule. Off Friday (but Scott works normal-person hours), work Saturday 3-11pm, off Sunday. Talk about a disruptive schedule! But in true Kiwi fashion, we made the best of it…  with a cheeky overnight trip to the Sign of The Packhorse.

Sign of The Packhorse. Sounds Game of Throne-sy doesn’t it?

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What do you think???

March 13, 2015

Hi guys,

I’m back! What do you think of the new look? It’s still going to be a work in progress, but I’m happy with the changes. I hope new readers can have an easier time navigating around, and that everyone else just enjoys the benefit of a higher quality platform. And we’ll just skip the part about hours and hours of confusion and frustration that went into it! It’s been all about baby steps…

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New Look(s), Old Me…

February 22, 2015

Ahoy friends, family, and friendly internet strangers,


For reasons I can only sort-of explain, I decided to change my blog host from Blogger.com, the internet equivalent to a big-wheel tricycle (I NEVER GOT ONE OF THOSE by the way…), to WordPress.org, the internet equivalent of a Lamborghini. Or a hovercraft. Or a Boing 747. I’m not sure, but what I do know is I’m way over my head…

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“Holy Shit! Would you look at that?!” – Our vertical journey to Mueller Hut

February 17, 2015
You know what is really relaxing? I mean like, seriously mentally soothing? Emotionally calming? Totally soul cleansing?
Not spending 3 hour’s pay on a 1-hour massage. And not gogi berry-kale-chia seed extract smoothie cleanses. And for the love of God, it’s not Netflix binges.
Mountain climbing. To feel truly connected, small yet significant, humble yet empowered, I recommend finding the tallest mountain you can confidently climb, and doing that.

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New Zealand’s Stunning West Coast

February 9, 2015

First and foremost, sunny weather makes me a crappy blogger.


More importantly, we recently had an amazing trip to the west coast. New Zealand’s west coast (of the south island) is super remote. In it’s 9,000 square miles, it’s home to only about 32,000 people. Less than 4 people per square mile!

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Alex Rocks!

January 20, 2015
Alexandra (Alex) is one of my favorite places to ride because of the unique desert terrain. You can see for miles, yet get lost with one wrong turn. It’s all about the rocks. Several weeks ago we had the privilege of being shown around Alex, NZ by a local. Not just any local though, but the man behind hundreds of kilometers of amazing desert single track…

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Happy New Year!

January 13, 2015
So… hi!! Happy New Year! (Plus 13 days, I know…)
Tardy as always, but I am here with a massive picture post recounting our 10 day holiday on the north island. We flew into Rotorua, eventually drove south through Taupo to Napier, then south again on to Wellington.

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