I regret not spending more time in Kaikoura. My new rule of thumb for planning future trips is to come […]
Getting High in New Zealand: No Mind-Altering Drugs Required
High in altitude and high on natural beauty! We love big mountains. After all, our home in Colorado is just […]
More Rocks, More Penguins, and . . . Steampunk?
Did you know that Oamaru, New Zealand (population 14,000) is the self-proclaimed ‘Steampunk Capital of the World?’ Do you even […]
Penguins, a Colorful Beach, and Glimpses of Dunedin
One can’t be angry when one looks at a penguin! (John Ruskin, English art critic, 1819-1900) The Otago Peninsula on […]
Our Amazing Day in the Catlins Was All About the Journey
Our New Zealand routine generally followed a pattern – after spending a few days exploring one terrific locale, we moved […]
Southland: Rare Birds and a Slice of Kiwiana
Birders love New Zealand, and Rakiura National Park/Ulva Island is a premier destination – teeming with endemic and native birds, […]
The Magical Sounds of Fiordland National Park
There are 14 sounds in southwest New Zealand, although technically they are fiords, since they were carved by glaciers. All […]
Grounded and Self-Quarantining . . .
. . . but healthy, as far as we know. Our 3-month trip to New Zealand ended prematurely and abruptly […]
From Rain Forest to Sunshine: Haast to Queenstown
Six cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand (so far) and a precipitous decline in tourism that began on February 3 […]
Over the Mountains and Along the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island
In the U.S., it takes (at least) five days to drive 2,900 miles from New York on the east coast […]
Christchurch: Nine Years After the Big One
In February 2011, 185 people lost their lives in a major earthquake that left much of downtown Christchurch in ruins […]
Hello, New Zealand!
Or in the Maori language, kia ora, Aotearoa! We’re super excited to begin our New Zealand travel adventure. One rental […]