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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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With the severe rain warning in effect, our options were limited due to the torrential rain. Since we were near the Waitomo Black Water Caves, we decided to book an adventure tour for the day (what better way to spend a rainy day but underground!). There are a number...

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Up early to try to catch the sunrise, we decided to go back to the Cathedral Cove trail, but this time visit Sting Ray Bay. Just a short hike in, we found ourselves on another beautiful secluded beach with unique rock sculptures and crystal clear blue water. Sting Ray...

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Today we finally experienced a taste of New Zealand’s natural beauty. We drove 3hrs from Auckland to the Coromandel Peninsula in search of the infamous Hot Water Beach. Along the way we saw beautiful flowing hills filled with sheep and cattle grazing then twisted up the tropical mountains along...

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After a weekend in the city, we were happy to finally make it to a BEACH! Campbell’s Bay Beach We stayed the night in Campbell’s Bay with friends we’ve met here, Yvonne and David at their beautiful home near the beach. We had a lovely dinner where they shared...

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