Kaikoura, New Zealand (January 24th – 25th, 2018)

January 24th Whale-watching day! I was debating with myself (due to budget) if I really wanted to spend the money on a whale watch. This is something I could do on the east coast of the US. I don't know how much it would cost, probably about the same or maybe less, but possibly more. … Continue reading Kaikoura, New Zealand (January 24th – 25th, 2018)

Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Phone Notes written about Day Two: Day 2 - January 3rd 18km: got a little bit of a later start than I'd hoped to. George sleeps late. I hardly slept last night. But I have to continually remind myself that I'm on holiday; there is no urgent need whatsoever to hurry out of our camp … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day Two – Greenstone Hut to McKeller Hut (January 3rd, 2017)

Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

I think I'll start each day-post of our multi-day tramping trip with sharing some notes that I wrote on my phone while doing the track. Side note: I know the font (at least in my editing mode) is different in this post.  Unfortunately, WordPress is not very word-processing friendly and so I have no idea … Continue reading Greenstone Track Day One – Car park to Greenstone Hut (January 2nd, 2018)

Taupo, New Zealand (December 12th – 14th, 2017)

Stray Travel has a webpage that customers have access to once you've paid for the certain pass that you've purchased to travel. It's called the "Tour Manager" and basically provides a list of all the stops. Those stops can be clicked on and will show the pick-up location options and dates that buses leave. So … Continue reading Taupo, New Zealand (December 12th – 14th, 2017)

Hobbiton!! (December 8th, 2017 – Part 2)

(Carry-over from December 8th Part 1) After we got back to the Glow worm check in and cafe to wait for the bus. Onto our next stop: Hobbiton! Seeing this movie set hasn't really been a serious item on my "bucket list" but I really do like the Lord of the Rings movies so I … Continue reading Hobbiton!! (December 8th, 2017 – Part 2)

Hahei & Raglan, New Zealand (December 5th – 7th)

What to say about Hahei.... I left the hostel at about 7:15am to get to the pickup spot not very far away. Our bus today was a step up from the bus to Paihia. More backpackers are heading south than north so they need larger transportation. The drive there wasn't particularly beautiful, but it was … Continue reading Hahei & Raglan, New Zealand (December 5th – 7th)

Auckland to Paihia (November 27th and 28th, 2017)

It was so nice to wake up with an open schedule and open day. Nothing was planned except for a walk around the city to begin whenever I was ready. But since I was excited for the day, I definitely didn't get up too late. I didn't even have breakfast before I left the hostel. … Continue reading Auckland to Paihia (November 27th and 28th, 2017)

To-Do List (i.e., What I’ve Been Up To Since Sept. 13th)

Hey everyone! I found a way to be able to share a more interactive map of places we stopped on our road trip. I'm not sure how well it will work out but after some correspondence with a Google guru, this link is what I've come up with! This link should provide a list for … Continue reading To-Do List (i.e., What I’ve Been Up To Since Sept. 13th)