Category: North Island

Rotorua, New Zealands most unique and smelliest town! Rotorua is like no place I’ve ever been to before. It somewhat felt like being transported into a mystical land. Mud baths bubbling in fields, hot springs rising up from the ground at every turn and a severe smell of rotten eggs! Rotorua is a geothermal utopia. Famous for hot springs, extensive Maori culture and epic landscapes you’ll find yourself speechless. Rotorua just has to make it onto your New Zealand North Island Itinerary.

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The temperature is a chilling two degrees and I’m stripped down to nothing but a bathing suit and winter hat. So far in my adventures around the globe, there is only one beach I’ve braved in two degrees and that’s Hot Water Beach in New Zealand. Everything about New Zealand is inspiring and the insane reality that you can literally dig your own hot springs on a beach amazes me. The beach may have been freezing during our visit in July but the water beneath us was scorching!

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Best New Zealand Winter Hikes: Cathedral Cove Walk

New Zealand may just be one of the best hiking/walking countries in the world. Think about it. Great walks often feature, surreal national parks, gushing waterfalls, pristine beaches, mountains and maybe some ocean views too! All of which, New Zealand has! Gorgeous beaches in the summer and snow-capped mountains in winter New Zealand appears to offer the best of both worlds. Our first awesome New Zealand walk that we conquered was the Cathedral Cove walk-in Coromandel.

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Should You Spend One Day in Auckland or More?

New Zealand is home to only four main cities, Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and Queenstown. When we first looked into booking our flights from Australia to New Zealand we had our hearts set on arriving in  Queenstown. Why? Dave’s a skiing buff and we would arrive in New Zealand just in time for the season to start on the South Island. Which also coincides with the kid’s winter holidays –

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