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Wildest place to stay on the South Island

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to enter a nursery rhyme? You can stay in a boot, like the old woman who lived in a shoe - except that this shoe is actually a romantic...more

South island travel tips

Recommendations:1) go spring or fall to avoid crowds2) best restaurant: a.Hopgoods, Nelson b.San Souci, Pohara3) best places to stay: a. Milford Sound Chalets (rain or shine) b. Rock...more

Rotorua..Off the Beaten Track

Hopefully you can be on your own in Rotorua, for after seeing all the sights in town, hop in your rental and head to Okere Falls. This Scenic Reserve is about 25 Km northeast of the...more

Wellington: DON'T MISS THIS!!!

The organized tours ignore the wild coast between the North and South Islands. When you visit Wellington, with or without a tour, TAKE A TOUR of the coast, with it's wild, wild...more


When visiting Queenstown, N.Z., we stay in Arrowton, it's just outside Queenstown, a charming little town, close enough to all the fun but just a little set back from all the...more


We just got back from Bay of Islands. We took a bus tour to local factories, forests and wineries. Best thing about the tour was that, apparently, those being coached around are...more

Bay of Islands - The Rock

Best overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands. Activities galore - fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking. We had a pool tournament after dinner, and songs around the fireplace late into...more

Te Aroha - great mineral spas

There are amazing mineral spas in Te Aroha. The water is unlike any other I've been in. It's a natural soda water spa. Be sure to plan ahead and make a booking. The spas are...more

Tailored Travel

My tip for anyone traveling to New Zealand is to get a guide who will take care of everything. We used Robert Panzer of Tailored Travel ( and he took care of...more

Lake Taupo

Make sure to do some tandem skydiving. Its something you will remember forever!   more

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