The Tranz Alpine Train

Using one whole morning of our time in New Zealand to ride the Tranz Alpine served two purposes- one, it would provide us with a very scenic way to get across the south island, and two, it allowed my husband to take a break from driving and sit back to enjoy the views. Apparently some…

Rangitoto Island

Just a pleasant 25 minute ferry ride from Auckland city lies the beautiful and unique Rangitoto Island. Rangitoto is actually the youngest of the area’s many volcanic islands, sprouting from the sea just about 600 years ago. The island now has an amazing landscape, including beautiful lush areas, very interesting lava caves, and a summit…

The Magical Glowworm Caves of Waitomo

There are few things in this world that I would describe as “magical”. Cinderella Castle at Disney World. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But when it comes to natural phenomenon, I have seen nothing more magical than Arachnocampa Luminosa. And no, that is not the mumblings of a fairy godmother or a spell cast…

Roaming Resilient Christchurch

Often called the gateway to the south island, Christchurch, New Zealand was shaken by a series of devastating earthquakes between 2011 and early 2012. The city is truly beautiful, and some of that beauty comes from the unique and resilient way it is clearing out the rubble, so to speak. Our flight from Rotorua was…

Kawarau Bridge Jump

“Well, nothing says ‘I love you’ like jumping off a bridge!” This was the response I got from the staff member who was hooking up my harness when I told him that I was on my honeymoon. Meanwhile, on an adjacent platform just a few feet away, my husband was all tied up and ready…

Sights and Smells of Wai O Tapu

We were warned at least half a dozen times before arriving in the area of Rotorua, New Zealand. Even so, as soon as I opened the car door my nose wrinkled and I instinctively brought my hand to my face and covered my nostrils. I can easily class Wai O Tapu as the smelliest place…

Wine-ing on Waiheke Island

What’s a honeymoon without some good wine? We were looking for something to do in the Auckland area that would take us away from the bustle of the city, and our eyes landed on a nearby island just bursting with wineries. Waiheke Island is actually the second largest island in the Hauraki Gulf. There are…