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Three lakes Tongariro Crossing New Zealand
Hiking National Parks New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing Hike – Guide to NZ’s Best Day Trek

If you are traveling through New Zealand’s North Island, and you enjoy the outdoors and hiking (and honestly what are you doing in NZ if you don’t?), then the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike should absolutely be a priority in your plans! This was easily one of the best things Tim and I did during our …

Weka bird on Ulva Island, near Steward Island New Zealand
National Parks New Zealand Oceania

Stewart Island Itinerary – New Zealand’s Other Island

New Zealand’s Stewart Island is like the forgotten stepchild of the country. Everyone always talks about the North and South Islands, but what about Stewart? This island deserves some major love too, and this Stewart Island itinerary has everything you need to know. Here is what you will find in this Stewart Island itinerary: Getting …

Franz Josef Glacier Valley hike views
National Parks New Zealand Oceania

Franz Josef Glacier Helihike – Is It Worth It?

Is the Franz Josef Glacier helihike worth the steep cost? This was the very question Tim and I wrangled with in advance of arriving in Franz Josef. We had budgeted for the painful price tag ($459 NZD per person) but still weren’t sure if we really wanted to spend it or save it. I know …

View from Mount Iron Wanaka South Island New Zealand
New Zealand Oceania Road Trips

Two Week New Zealand South Island Itinerary

With two weeks on the South Island of New Zealand, a well-organized itinerary can take you to scenic fjords, epic glaciers, dramatic mountains, and all the bungee jumping you can stomach. Since it’s a relatively small island, you can easily travel throughout and visit all the major points of interest in about two weeks. Part …

Kayaking at Blue Duck Station, North Island New Zealand
New Zealand Oceania Road Trips

Two Week New Zealand North Island Itinerary

With two weeks on New Zealand’s North Island, you can trek one of the most beautiful day hikes in the world at the Tongariro Crossing, witness the mesmerizing shimmer of glow worms at the Waitomo Caves, and explore the country’s surprisingly tropical side at Hahei. This two-week road trip itinerary covering the North Island of …