Tamaki Māori village was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had! We arrived to the village around three in the afternoon and were met by our guide, a very happy man who was so excited to see us and explain the Māori culture to our group. Song is very important to the Māori and […]Read More Ka Mate! Ka Mate! Ka Ora! Ka Ora!
Taupo is probably my favorite place on the north island. It’s a town with everything you might need without being overwhelming like Wellington or Auckland. I stayed here three nights and would’ve just stayed there for weeks if I could. The views of Mt. Ruapehu and Mt. Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom from LOTR) across the lake […]Read More One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mordor
I spent the day on the verge of tears, trying super hard to hold it together as I achieved a life dream which not everyone will understand. We headed to Matamata today which is home to Hobbiton, the Shire! This place is like no other, brilliantly green and full of so many different kinds of […]Read More Welcome to the Shire
Early morning start today, 7:30 a.m. from Hot Water Beach towards Waitomo. Luckily I had turned in fairly early and slept pretty happily in our quiet lodge. After a couple hours on the bus, we stopped by Karangahake Gorge for a short hike. This place was big for mining, we walked through several mining tunnels […]Read More Cave Full of Stars
Te Whanganui-A-Hei, or Cathedral Cove, is an absolutely astonishing place. It is a marine reserve located on the Coromandel Peninsula, the turquoise waters have carved through the rocks creating this beautiful archway that many people may recognize from the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian as it is used as the doorway into Narnia. It most […]Read More Doorway to Narnia
The past few days have been wonderful! Although I’ve yet to have a bad day. In Taupo I decided, rather spontaneously, to skydive from 15,000 feet which was both the most amazing thing I’ve ever done and the stupidest. I can’t really put into words what it feels like to jump out of a plane, […]Read More Taupo & Paihia
After a ridiculously early start this morning, waking up at about 5, I hopped on my tour bus and headed for our first stop, Kaikoura! This place has completely blown me away and it’s only stop one. Kaikoura was devastated by a 7.8 earthquake in November of 2017 and as a result was cut off […]Read More Kaikoura and the Whales