Nelson/Wellington Beer Tour
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Naturally, there could be no travel without trying foreign beers. While driving to Abel Tasman, we found ourselves driving through hundreds of acres of lush, green hop plants, and we found out that Nelson and the surrounding region is the … Read More

Abel Tasman Coast Track
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While doing some reading about Abel Tasman National Park, we stumbled across a photograph of a bay – an ostensibly serene, isolated cove called Te Pukatea. ‘That’s our beach,’ I declared. We read that the beach could be accessed by … Read More

Abel Tasman National Park
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Set on the northwestern coast of the South Island, Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park. When we were drafting our itinerary for the country, Abel Tasman fell into the ‘if we have time’ category. It looked like a … Read More

Old MacDonald had a farm…
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During our time in Abel Tasman National Park, we spent three nights on Old MacDonald’s Farm. From the moment we pulled into the driveway, we knew it would be fabulous. This is a special post for Reese – we hope … Read More

The West Coast Road
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After spending a week in the southwestern region – Fiordlands, Wanaka, and Queenstown – we are on the road again. I must say, it felt great to do very little driving and to really be able to enjoy those areas. … Read More

Queenstown: Ben Lomond Track
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I’m fairly certain that a visit to the city of Queenstown is high on the lists of most travelers to NZ. It’s the perfect setting for the adventure capital of the world, nestled between the vast shores of Lake Wakatipu … Read More

Roy’s Peak Track
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To sum up the Roy’s Peak Track in words Stephan and I both agree on – this was one steep son of a bitch! The steady grade began the very first step onto the trail, and climbed relentlessly until reaching … Read More

World War II
Flying Aces
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The Queenstown, New Zealand area is widely regarded as the world’s foremost adventure destination. Therefore, we knew we had to try something fun and exciting in this part of the country. Several years before even considering this trip, I came … Read More

Cheers!
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Greetings from wine country! En route to the Queenstown/Wanaka area, we decided to spend the day sampling the world-famous pinot noirs from New Zealand’s Central Otago Valley, the world’s most southern wine region, with an emphasis on smaller, boutique and … Read More

Fiordlands: Doubtful Sound
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In order to see some of the areas of Fiordlands that are not accessible by car or by foot, we decided to take a cruise through one of the sounds. We debated about visiting the more-famous (and crowded) Milford Sound, … Read More

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