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New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty: glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant native forests, long, deserted beaches and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores. Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - tramping (hiking), skiing, rafting and, of course, that perennial favourite, bungy jumping - await the adventurous. You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whale-watch or fish for fattened trout in pristine streams and rivers.

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NZ - North Island Part 3 - The People

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [24]

We were warned before we ventured North that the inhabitants of Northland, the northernmost province in New Zealand, are of a different variety. By this I am guessing they were referring to the observation that shoes and shirts are entirely optional, ... Read more >

Tags: football, kiwis, manganui, new zealand

NZ - North Island Part 2 - The Beaches

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [19]

THE BEACHES Tokerau beach is in the picturesque Doubtless Bay on the Karikari Peninsula, Northland, New Zealand. Gentle surf and gradually declining beaches made for a very safe play area for Conner. Even better, it took less than two minutes to walk ... Read more >

Tags: 90 mile beach, cape reinga, matai beach, tokerau beach

NZ - North Island Part 1 - The Bach

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [20]

THE BACH This “traditional Kiwi bach” was both homey and quirky. Surrounded by a wide green lawn and a massive wrap around deck, the outside was perfect for hanging out and playing. Also, there was a playground right outside our front ... Read more >

Tags: bugs, kiwi bach, toys

New Zealand - Getting to the North Island

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [17]

THE JOURNEY I was really looking forward to some down time on the beach and not having to drive anywhere after our fairly fast paced month on the South Island. Our next Airbnb spot was a small bach in a nice, mellow cove, away from the city, no hosts ... Read more >

Tags: driving, karikari peninsula, new zealand, northland, storm

Day 11 NZ: Whales, Walls and Water Slides

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 | By excellentadventure | Views [30]

Whale watching day! Perfect conditions for our hunt and in the end we saw a Sperm whale, Fur seals and Humpbacks. Very impressive, even what looked like a home made sonar devise to pickup the whale calls...But we found em and there was breaching involved! ... Read more >

Day 10 NZ: Spring Driving

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 | By excellentadventure | Views [15]

The loooong ass drive begins. SH1 closed due to earthquake repair so it's changed the route from 2 hours - 7 hours. But it's ok, our unofficial hitch hiker Sean 2 is going us for the ride to Christchurch. On our way we stopped off at picturesque Lake ... Read more >

Day 9 NZ: Ferry Good

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 | By excellentadventure | Views [14]

Up at 4:45, to get on the Interislander across to Picton on the South island. Good memories of Norway and the fjords. Quick stop in town then wine country, stopping at Moa brewery to cider, then Sean met us at Cloudy Bay. Sooooo nice just sitting in ... Read more >

Day 8 NZ: Dwellington

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By excellentadventure | Views [10]

Big sleep in. More rain but headed to Mt Victoria to have a soggy squizz at the view over Wellington. Then discovery for the rest of the day... Around the airport, cool houses all along the coast. Enjoyed a mighty fine cook up and gave us the chance ... Read more >

New Zealand - South Island Conclusion

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [24]

THE CONCLUSION All in all, New Zealand’s South Island was an absolute joy and we can’t wait to go back some day. All done with the South Island, we had a leisurely breakfast at our favorite restaurant (the Darfield Bakery remained our ... Read more >

New Zealand - South Island Part 4

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [21]

NATURAL WONDERS New Zealand is so full of beautiful places, it truly is as incredible as it seems. Also full of hedges. Not sure what that’s about, but the entire island is covered in hedges. And I don’t mean cute ornamental lawn hedges.... Read more >

Tags: devils punchbowl, natural wonders, penguins, seals

New Zealand - South Island Part 3

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [24]

THE FOOD I won’t say it’s quite the same as Europe, but Kiwis eat out a lot. They probably have more cafés per square km than Alaska has coffee shops. New Zealand also has a much greater Asian influence than I realized before our ... Read more >

Tags: food, restaurants

New Zealand - South Island Part 2

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [23]

PART 2 - THE CITIES Christchurch is a truly fantastic city. It is green, filled with art, easy to navigate, and has so much to see and offer, even after the earthquake which was most humbling to see the aftermath of. There is an enormous park in the ... Read more >

Tags: christchurch, dunedin, oamaru, playgrounds

New Zealand - South Island Part 1

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Views [18]

South Island, New Zealand Well, let’s just excuse the fact that I meant for this to be a daily or weekly journal, and then I will tell all about our adventures on the South Island of New Zealand.   PART 1 - THE HOSTS While trying ... Read more >

Photos: New Zealand - North Island

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 | By guild_family_of_3 | Photo Gallery

Adventures on the North Island of New Zealand 2017
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Tags: cape reinga, karikari peninsula, manganui, new zealand, north island, tokerau beach

Day 7 NZ: Walking a cat

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 | By excellentadventure | Views [19]

Huka Falls - Amazeballs! The amount of water pumping through the skinny gorge could fill an olympic-sized swimming pool in just 11 seconds. Insane. I'll need to research geothermal electricity because it sounds really interesting...the river generates ... Read more >

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