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New Zealand

The drive from Queenstown to the Catlins is one of the more mellow New Zealand drives. First, you will drive around Lake Wakitipu, which is the highlight of the drive. This lake is huge and very blue, offering stunning views of The Remarkables, Devil's Staircase, and o...

After Christmas, things really began to heat up for us. We spent the next week zig-zagging from Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, and Milford Sound.

Te Anau & Milford Sound

Te Anau is a small town nestled on the edge of Lake Te Anau, with beautiful backdrops of the mountains....

After three hours crossing the Cook Straight via ferry, we saw first glimpse of land. Large mountains off in the salty ocean air horizon. We approached slowly until we were surrounded on both sides of us by lush, green mountains of the peninsulas in the Marlborough Sou...

All good things must come to an end, and all endings are also new beginnings. As I write this, currently located on the South Island, I'm reminiscing about our time on the North Island, which already feels like years ago. I recall hopping on the ferry in Wellington and...

Okay, so far, New Zealand has not been any fun at all, it's not paradise, and the people are so mean. Did I mention it's opposite day? It's 12/14/17, and we've become completely enamored with this beautiful country. However, to keep things segmented, we're going to kee...

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