Blog posts from NZ 2015
One night in Hong Kong

One night in Hong Kong

Thankfully immigration wasn't too crowded, so we cleared customs and hopped into a taxi within an hour of landing. After checking in, we grabbed a metro across the water so I could show Eric where I...

One day in Sydney!

One day in Sydney!

Since we had never visited Sydney on our previous Australia trip, we took this opportunity to see as much as we could in our two nights and one very full day. We arrived late Sunday evening, taking...

Auckland wineries: Warkworth region

Auckland wineries: Warkworth region

Our first choice for the day, Mahurangi River, was not open due to a private function, so we headed to Brick Bay. This is quite the site, with sculptures, gardens, sheep and a very modern building...

Auckland wineries: Henderson and Kumeu regions

Auckland wineries: Henderson and Kumeu regions

Wednesday After landing in Auckland and checking into our hotel, we took a 30 minute drive up to Babich Wines. Being a Wednesday afternoon it was not busy; in fact, the tasting room was empty! Once...

Auckland: restaurants

Auckland: restaurants

Wednesday Didas Wine Lounge - Located across the street from our hotel, this wine bar made an easy spot for our first dinner in Auckland. For round 1 we couldn't skip the Spanish classics of patatas...

Auckland: viewpoints (Mt Eden and Mt Victoria)

Auckland: viewpoints (Mt Eden and Mt Victoria)

Many of the tourist guides tout Mt. Eden as a great view of Auckland, and an interesting way to see a volcano caldera. It's a fairly easy drive up to a parking lot at the top, or you can park at the...

New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens

New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens

After stopping for a few waterfalls, we continued on to the famous Hamilton Gardens. We were pleasantly surprised at the free parking and free entry to the gardens. Once inside we found a garden map...

Auckland: Waitakere Ranges and Hunua Ranges

Auckland: Waitakere Ranges and Hunua Ranges

The weather around Auckland was quite unsettled when we visited in March, with rain and sun trading places intermittently and causing us to skip a few of our planned hikes. However, we did get to...

Auckland: where we stayed

Auckland: where we stayed

For our four nights in the Auckland area we stayed at the Abaco on Jervois, and we quite enjoyed our stay. We had an executive studio room on the second floor with lots of space, including a...

New Zealand – Christchurch

New Zealand – Christchurch

Christchurch was our entry and departure point for the South Island, so we spent one night on each end in the city. First night: Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport We arrived near midnight and after...

Central Otago wineries

Central Otago wineries

Our first stop in central Otago was Chard Farm, a charming tasting room on a hill above the highway. Just across the road is a old suspension bridge with bungee jumpers over the Kawarau Gorge....

New Zealand – Te Anau lodging and food

New Zealand – Te Anau lodging and food

After quite a lot of driving and many, many sheep, we arrived at the Te Anau Lodge around 6pm, just beating a rain storm. We stayed in the Bishop's Retreat which was a stand alone building next to...

Drive to Milford Sound

Drive to Milford Sound

Since we were starting in the afternoon due to the Doubtful Sound cruise, we needed to prioritize which sights we would visit before it became too dark to hike. Along the drive we decided our first...

New Zealand – Crown Range Pass

New Zealand – Crown Range Pass

The sunrise in Wanaka was absolutely STUNNING on Saturday morning. Eric snuck out to take these photos behind the B&B before we filled up on a delicious breakfast. After packing up we headed...

New Zealand – Wanaka

New Zealand – Wanaka

We positioned ourselves in Wanaka both coming from and heading back to Christchurch. For simplicity's sake we decided to stay at the same B&B both times and we're glad we did. Suzy and Caroline...

New Zealand – Route 6 drive to Haast Beach

New Zealand – Route 6 drive to Haast Beach

For our first day in Wanaka we decided to head north for views of Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka, then on through the lush Haast Pass. Thankfully there were numerous pull-outs which let us enjoy some...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)