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Enjoying Giapo’s Edible Art on National Ice Cream Day

When I received a reminder that it was National Ice Cream Day in the United States, I knew something needed to be done immediately.  I could not let such an important day of my year slide by simply because I live in New Zealand.  So we hopped on the ferry to Auckland in search of […]

3 Non-Touristy Gems Worth Visiting on the North Island

On a New Zealand road trip and looking for a few stops that won’t be littered with other tourists?  There are numerous spots all over the North and South islands that you can enjoy in solitude if you just know where to look.  Here are three gems that I found to be quite non-touristy on […]

Walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

My New Zealand bucket list housed “Walk the Tongariro Crossing” for over a year. I was sorely disappointed last year when my intended day to do the walk was cancelled due to the fact that I couldn’t get a shuttle in the snow.  Since good things come to those who wait, the national park welcomed me […]

Climbing Mt Karioi

Sometimes we plan things in life and sometimes we do not.  The decision to climb Mount Karioi is one example of a time we planned nothing.  Our quick weekend trip to Raglan was rather spontaneous. Upon arrival we had no plans of seeing or doing anything specific.  We simply wanted to embrace Raglan softly and […]

Postcards from Waiheke

One year ago, I leapt from Connecticut to New Zealand semi-blindly.  I had no idea I would meet a girl online inviting me to Waiheke Island.  I had never even heard of Waiheke Island—Waikiki, yes, but this other place, nope.  For three months I lived and breathed Waiheke sunshine and island life.  It took hardly any […]

Dining At Tantalus Estate Vineyard

In November I had the pleasure of dining at Tantalus Estate Vineyard for the first time.  The newest addition to Waiheke Island’s list of top wineries resides in Onetangi Valley and opened in September of 2016.  In addition to creating high end Bordeaux and Rhone-style wines, the estate holds a brewhouse on the ground floor and […]

Waiheke Island Summer Bucket List

As I am finally spending a full summer on Waiheke Island this year, my friends and I decided to put together a bucket list of all the things we want to do, wines to taste, and food to eat.  I have already done some of these last summer, but the goal is to make it […]

Where To Find Bomb As Milkshakes in Auckland

Have you ever seen a photo of someone drinking one of the most absurd yet enticing sweet creation out of a mason jar?  Have you ever thought, that would probably make me sick, but my goodness I need it right now?  I sure did.  From the first week that I set foot on New Zealand […]

Road Trip: 4 Week North Island Itinerary

Frequently, I am questioned where exactly I went on my North Island road trip a few months ago.  I took the ferry from Waiheke Island to Auckland, sped out of town and hit the pavement fast with my eyes set on Cape Reinga.  After that, I drove around the island clockwise and down through the middle, […]

Is This the Best Chocolate in the World?! Visiting Wellington Chocolate Factory for the First Time

Tucked away between the streets of Wellington resides the clean, comfortable, sleek interior of Wellington Chocolate Factory.  Please call me Charlie because I want to call this place my new home and frolic through the factory with a bar of salted brittle caramel in both hands, with chocolate dribbling down my chin and a wild look in my […]

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