Tagged: New Zealand North Island

Tongariro Alpine Crossing 0

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

With just three days left in New Zealand I knew that I only had one last opportunity to hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. I had been in Taupo a month earlier and had intended to hike the Tongariro Crossing on my birthday but due to bad weather my trip was...

Tamaki Maori Village 0

Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua

Following a day touring the Hobbit holes in Hobbiton we had an exciting evening ahead in the Tamaki Maori Village. Founded by Mike and Doug Tamaki, the Maori Village evolved from their original bus tours and concert performances in tents which educated visitors about Maori culture. As their vision evolved...

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 0

Hobbiton and Wellington Movie Tour

The anticipation was killing me as my tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set was definitely something I was excited about! I have watched the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films and it was one of the books I remember reading and learning about when I was at primary...

Waitomo 0

Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves

Located in the southern Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island, the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves are 12 km northwest of Te Kuiti and about 2 hours south of Auckland, an hour south of Hamilton and 2 hours west of Rotorua by car. The local caves are made of limestone and...

Hot Water Beach 0

Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove

There was great excitement in anticipation of basking in the warm pools of Hot Water Beach which is located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand just south of Mercury Bay. It was on our bucket list of New Zealand ‘must-dos’ and I was looking forward...