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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 […]

I’m Living in a Van With My Best Friend

Carrie and I have not seen each other in over a year.  Our best-friendship began nine years ago just before the first day of high school.  We have remained linked throughout four sometimes tough, sometimes funny, sometimes life-changing years of high school, through four years at university where we had a long distance relationship, and […]

The Truth Behind Taking a Solo Road Trip

It’s scary at first For the first week, I was terribly scared to sleep in my car.  I can admit that openly.  I would find a place on the side of the road or in a parking lot.  I would lock all of my doors while attempting to cover my windows so that strangers could […]

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