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After an adrenaline filled day sledging, zorbing and luging in Rotorua, we were looking forward to relaxing in the hot pools at Waikite Valley Thermal Pools campsite. We had stayed here back in September when we last explored Rotorua so we knew it was the perfect way to spend a cool...

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I don’t remember the exact day when I learned about Zorbing, but I know as soon as I did, it was IMMEDIATELY added to my bucket list and has been something I’ve been looking forward to since we arrived in New Zealand! Zorb Rotorua Another one of New Zealand’s...

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An action packed white water adventure, sledging down the Kaituna River in Rotorua is a hands on, ‘face in the water’ style of rafting. Equipped with a polystyrene sled propelled by the flippers on your feet, sledging gives you an up close and personal experience with the white water...

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My parents arrived yesterday and on their first full day in New Zealand we decided to head up the Wairarapa coastline to Castlepoint – just north of Wellington. It was named by Captain Cook in 1770 who was struck by the similarities of Castle Rock to the battlements of...

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Jordan’s parents (Russell and Jeanette) arrived last week from Canada so for our first weekend together we decided to plan the ULTIMATE Tongariro Alpine Crossing to give them a taste of New Zealand’s amazing walks. Wanting to spread the experience over 2 days (as opposed to the standard day...

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Wanting to take advantage of the Waitangi Day day holiday, we decided to take on another Great Walk – The Whanganui Journey – a 3 day, 88km canoe trip down the Whanganui River. Our friends Eliza and Josh decided to join us and were excited for the adventure! Driving up to...

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With New Zealand being crowned as one of the most expensive holiday destinations in the world there is a misconception that you have to spend a lot of money to have fun in New Zealand. Since Jordan and I moved here 5 months ago, we have experienced a number...

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After our summit up Mount Taranaki, we decided to spend the rest of the weekend in New Plymouth to check out the area. Our first stop was the Sugar Loaf Islands, just outside the city. These 7 islands are eroded stumps of an ancient volcanic crater that are scattered...

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Wanting to take advantage of the long weekend, we decided to head up the west coast towards Mount Taranaki to attempt the famous summit track. Back when we were researching the move to New Zealand, when we were first google mapping the country, we noticed what looked like a...

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Today we set out for a tour of New Zealand’s most active volcano – White Island. A secluded island 48km off shore, the 1.5 hour boat ride through the Bay of Plenty was a wet and wide ride as the captain steered through the swells. Steaming mysterious White Island...

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