The first time we arrived in Taupo, we got in late evening so we meandered around the CBD in search for a restaurant. Unfortunately, it was pretty dark at that point and a majority of the stores were closed so the town seemed a bit abandoned and uninteresting. However, since our first visit, we been... Continue Reading →


South Island Magic

Well.... it's certainly been a while. Robert and I are currently back in the South Island of NZ and hitting up some amazing spots we didn't get a chance to our first time around. In three days his parents will be joining us for a month in NZ. We took a short break from NZ... Continue Reading →

Blue and Green Lakes

Near the Whakarewarewa Forest are two lakes, one green and one blue, hence their names. On the day we were departing Rotorua, it happened to be an incredibly clear and beautiful sunshiney day. So we tied the laces on our hiking boots and did a walk around Blue Lake and part way towards Green Lake.... Continue Reading →


Fun Facts: Rotorua is bubbling with geothermic activity Due to the geothermic activity, it smells highly of sulfur 35% of the population is Maori, making one of the best places to learn about Maori history and culture We arrived in Matamata in the afternoon and walked around the city's Central Business District (CBD), it was... Continue Reading →

Lessons learned in Rotorua

Approximately 230km south of Auckland is Rotorua, the second stop on our NZ journey. It was our first long drive in our then newly purchased van and we learned a few important things from that experience. One lesson was learned in the middle of the night while we were sleeping in the van. I discovered... Continue Reading →


Back in the beginning of our journey, during our two week stint in Auckland, we made a trip out to one of the islands by the city, Rangitoto. It's a short 30 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland to the island with multiple departures to and from throughout the day. Fun Facts: Rangitoto is a... Continue Reading →

Greetings from Windy Welly!

Is "Windy Welly" a name that Wellingtonians dislike, similar to how people from SF don't like when outsiders call it "San Fran". We're here in Wellington! Yesterday Robert and I started the next leg of our journey, we're staying stationary for one whole month! A whole month stationary! I can't believe it. I'm relieved and... Continue Reading →

To the North!

We're back in the North Island! First things first. The South Island is so insanely beautiful, sometimes it was unbearably beautiful, I would have to scold Robert to keep his eyes on the road while driving. Everyone told us the South Island was incredible and that we would love it and boy were they right.... Continue Reading →

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