Whale Watching in Kaikoura

When I was in middle school, my history teacher would take a group of kids on a "New England" trip that included whale watching. I didn't get to go on that trip but I always wanted to go whale watching. So of course, we had to make sure we visited Kaikoura while we were in … Continue reading Whale Watching in Kaikoura


Abel Tasman National Park

Oh man, did we love Abel Tasman National Park. It's definitely on our list of places to revisit on our future trip back to NZ. We wanted to do a small hike, but with the closing of one of the major highways between Nelson and Kaikoura - what should have been a 3 hour drive … Continue reading Abel Tasman National Park

Kite Surfing in Nelson

Welcome to the South Island! After leaving Wellington, we took a three hour ferry from the North to the South Island. From there we had to drive to Nelson where we could check off something from T's bucket list: Kite Surfing. So T had mentioned before that one of the things he wanted to do … Continue reading Kite Surfing in Nelson

Wellington – Home of Weta

Ah, Wellington. T and I really enjoyed ourselves there. As big cities go, we really liked Auckland until we came here. As we were walking along Mt. Victoria, T turned to me and said, "This would be a great city to buy an apartment and retire to." It has a little bit of everything: city-life, … Continue reading Wellington – Home of Weta