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How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

How to Travel New Zealand by Campervan

Is renting a campervan the cheapest way to see New Zealand? No. Is campervan travel a great way to see New Zealand? Well, we certainly thought so. If you are looking to stretch your budget, you may want to consider renting a car and either packing a tent and sleeping bags or staying at backpacker hostels. If budget isn’t your number one priority, and you’re looking to spend several weeks exploring the more isolated countryside, you may want to consider…

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10 Striking Landscapes of New Zealand

10 Striking Landscapes of New Zealand

When it comes to scenery, the island nation of New Zealand certainly does not disappoint. From Northland’s Bay of Islands to the South Island’s Catlin Coast, New Zealand really does seem to have it all – snow-capped crests, undulating glaciers, majestic volcanic massifs, jewel-toned lakes, enigmatic fiords, and arresting coastal landscapes. While the famously-scenic country offers more than a lifetime’s worth of staggering views, here were 10 of our favorites:   Tongariro National Park Easily one of the most spectacular…

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Behind the Blog

Behind the Blog

To date, we’ve posted 74 blogs highlighting the beautiful landscapes, exciting excursions, magnificent wildlife, and delicious food of Australia and New Zealand. Thus, we figured it’s about time to change it up a bit, and shed some light on what goes on behind the scenes of this crazy trip we are on. So, without further ado, here are some of the less glamorous parts of our journey thus far…   My amazing blisters in New Zealand (3 of the 9…

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Fast Facts: New Zealand

Fast Facts: New Zealand

WHAT WE DID: Rented a campervan (28 days, one-way rental) through Euro Campers (2 + 1 berth, self-contained with camping toilet) Stayed at powered and non-powered camp sites Made the majority of meals in the campervan to cut down on food costs (we did enjoy a couple of splurge ice cream treats & lunches in the cities) Dedicated 2.5 weeks to seeing the South Island, 1.5 weeks to the North Island   WHAT WE LIKED: FLEXIBILITY that came with having…

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North Island Side Trips

North Island Side Trips

Several of our stops along the North Island were short little day or half-day trips to scenic areas and cities. Though we are kind of lumping them together here, due to their brevity, it doesn’t mean we enjoyed them any less: OKURA BUSH SCENIC RESERVE Only 30 minutes north of Auckland sits the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve. Here, the Okura Bush Walkway runs along the estuary of the Okura River. The trail is densely-forested, with giant tree ferns and native…

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Bream Bay

Bream Bay

On our way back south to Auckland, we stopped about an hour and a half from the city at Bream Bay, after hearing it was a lovely beach area. We hopped over the dunes and were met with an expansive swath of beach, aglow in the searing sun. Walking along the sand, I spotted a shimmering, helical snail shell and immediately ran over to Stephan, bragging about my unique discovery. Not five minutes later, as I continued meticulously combing the…

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Shaggin’ in Northland

Shaggin’ in Northland

Okay, so how many of you were afraid to click on this one? That’s what I thought – get your minds out of the gutter. On our last morning in the Bay of Islands, we decided to do a short walk to Haruru Falls from the nearby Waitangi Track trailhead in Paihia. The trail was thickly forested for just about the entire 3 miles to the falls, winding alongside the tidal Waitangi River. About halfway down the track, a wooden…

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Something Fishy on Urupukapuka

Something Fishy on Urupukapuka

After spending a day wandering around Auckland, we decided to head about 3.5 hours north to the Bay of Islands, a pristine coastal region situated on the eastern coast of the far northern region of New Zealand’s North Island. Captain Cook was the first European to visit the Bay of Islands in 1769 (though the Maori had occupied the land centuries earlier), and named it so because he counted a surprising 144 islets within the bay. With another day of…

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

One of the more famous fixtures of New Zealand is its glowworm caves – more specifically, the Waitomo glowworm caves. While not as off-the-beaten-path as we usually like, we could not pass through the country without visiting such an interesting natural phenomenon. The limestone caves were discovered in 1887 and have been an attraction for locals since just two years later. The caves themselves are quite beautiful – the water seeping through the caves has created an astonishing array of…

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Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

After spending only a few days on the North Island, and having completed our Tongariro Alpine Crossing sooner than we really expected (due to the gorgeous weather), we were left kind of adrift with our plans for the rest of the island. We had pinpointed a few potential locales, but weren’t sure which ones we’d end up visiting (depending on weather, time, driving fatigue, etc.). We headed north out of Tongariro National Park and navigated around the eastern shores of…

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