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Tonight I got to see my first professional football (soccer) game as the New Zealand All-Whites took on Mexico in the final qualifier for the 2014 World Cup! I was able to snag a ticket from one of my co-workers (for a great price too) who ended up with...

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Up until a few weeks ago I had never heard of Guy Fawkes Night. A holiday marking the celebration of the failed plot to kill King James I on November 5th in 1605, it is mainly observed in Great Britain but due to the high population of English residing...

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a famous 1-day walk across a still active volcano. It also passes by Mount Ngauruhoe, more commonly recognized as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings. I was keen to complete this walk ever since I saw it in our lonely planet book and...

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When looking back at our first 6 weeks exploring New Zealand, I wanted to reflect on some of the highlights and favorite parts of our trip (NOTE: These were done independently, but surprisingly we came out with quite similar answers!) Favorite Tramps: Jenna 1. Hiking the mountain ridge along...

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The route from Taumarunui to Wellington was picturesque in many ways. The beautiful snow-capped mountains were clearly visible on the blue sky day as we drove south on our way to Wellington. Mount Doom in the distance  The baby lambs are everywhere this time of year, as Spring has...

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After a weekend away, it was really nice to come back to Taumarunui to visit with my cousin Antony and his family. Besides his son Sam, who had come back to Nova Scotia for a visit 2 years ago, I hadn’t seen Antony, his wife Mary or daughter Katie...

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At sunrise we decided to jump into the freshly filled hot pools at our campsite. At night the pools are drained and each morning are filled with fresh hot water from the boiling spring. In the morning the water was even hotter at temperatures of close to 40⁰C. Enjoy...

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Rotorua is a famous thermal Maori city, nicknamed ‘RotoVegas’ as it has tonnes of fun activities in the area. It also has a lot of thermal activity which secretes sulfur into the air making the entire city smell a bit like rotting eggs. Yuk! First thing in the morning...

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On our way to Matamata to visit the Hobbiton village from the Lord of the Rings and recent Hobbit movies, our GPS took us through some remote roads far in the New Zealand backcountry. Having driven the winding roads the last few days, we’ve come to realize a few...

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Ototagaha is famous for the Kiwi House – a bird sanctuary housing native birds from New Zealand including the infamous Kiwi Bird. Since they are nocturnal birds, the sanctuary mimics nighttime during the day so visitors can witness the very active Kiwi birds at work. I was fascinated by...

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