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