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Just north of Gisborne is one of the coolest natural phenomenon – The Rere Rockslide (aka Nature’s slip & slide). Along the Wharekopae River, this 60m rock slide is made up of constantly running water over a smooth rock bed that feeds into a cushioning large pool at the...

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Known as a surf town, this small city was a must-see for us due to its famous warm weather and beautiful surf beaches. Gisborne was named after the crew member who first spotted land when Captain James Cook set foot on New Zealand’s shores in 1769. References to the...

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After a 2 month hiatus from the New Zealand wilderness, we were excited to get back on the track for another famous Great Walk. Lake Waikaremoana is one of New Zealand’s largest fresh water lakes and is situated in the North-eastern part of the North Island with a long...

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On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, we jumped on our bikes and set off for our first bike ride around the bay. After a quick tour along the shore, Jordan made a sharp right turn up a steep road in search for some breathtaking views. After some leg burning climbs,...

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With the second Hobbit movie, “The Desolation of Smaug” premiering this week, all over the city you can see signs and references to middle earth and the hobbit. Wellington city bus  On my flight to Auckland this week for work, I noticed the sign “Middle of Middle Earth” in...

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Raglan is New Zealand’s best known surf town. The point break is touted as one of the longest left hand breaks in the world. Naturally this place was on my list of must sees, however, it was hard to justify the 7.5 hour drive (each way) until Jenna found...

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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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