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Surreal Cape Reinga

Though I knew very little about Northland before hitting the road north, I knew that I definitely wanted to visit Cape Reinga.  Admittedly, I did not even know what was so special about New Zealand’s northwestern most point other than it’s geographical location.  I just knew that I wanted to be at that point. After […]

5 Things To Do In Whangarei

So you’re headed to Whangarei, but aren’t quite sure where to go or what to do? Fear not, because I have the perfect beginner’s list of how to spend your time here.  Visiting Whangarei is a great introduction to New Zealand’s Northland region and worth enjoying every moment.  From rural, country paths through farmland to […]

My First European Backpacking Itinerary

Last summer, I embarked on my first solo journey on which I spent a month in western Ireland and two weeks backpacking through Eastern Europe.  Many often ask me for my itinerary and exactly where I went while on this trip.  So, behold, here is the full backpacking portion itinerary: Ireland Cork: one night Wexford: one […]

Russell: Introducing The Bay of Islands

Slowly over the last several weeks, I have been stealthily compiling a list of random places that I hear my Kiwi and  well-traveled backpackers mention in New Zealand.  As I scanned the map for my route from Whangarei to the Bay of Islands, I noticed Russell, a name that sounded familiar. I went to my […]

Whangarei Heads and the Tutukaka Coast

My second full day in Whangarei was primarily spent driving.  In the span of a day I drove into the city centre, down to the Whangarei Heads, back to Tikipunga, out to the Tutukaka Coast, and back to Whangarei.  If you know the area well, you’ll understand how much driving that is.  However, since I […]

Where I Read Turn Right At Machu Picchu

As I travel and see more of our world, I have been getting really into travelogues and travel memoirs.  Reading about someone else’s adventure fills my veins with inspiration to go do something crazy like take on a week long mountain trek or go on a silent retreat or write my own travelogue.  Something along […]

Whangarei Falls and A H Reed Memorial Park Nature Walk

Day one of my road trip began late in the afternoon.  Very little occurred other than I drove about 2.5 hours north to Whangarei, stopped for McDonald’s (guilty because I JUST watched Supersize Me), and made it to my hostel well after dark. However, the next day was my first full day in Whangarei, Northland’s […]

May: The Road, A Car, and Myself

I am going on an adventure!  Today is a very exciting day because I am leaving my comfy life on Waiheke Island to travel for six weeks.  The month of May will be spent driving on the lefthand side of the road all over New Zealand’s North Island. I could not be more excited to […]

8 Photos That Portray How Amazingly Beautiful Waiheke Island Is

I am so fortunate to have lived in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.  Waiheke Island is a paradise full of beautiful people and scenery.  If you have the opportunity to visit this place, do not pass it up.  Enough talking, see for yourself.   1. Onetangi Beach   2. Mudbrick Vineyard   […]

The Pinnacles

After the craziness of working Easter weekend, my friend Anna and I knew we needed to go somewhere and get off of Waiheke Island.   For a short, two-day trip, we knew we wanted to be outdoors and go somewhere new.  After much deliberation, we finally decided to venture off the island to drive to Thames, […]

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