• New Zealand,  Oceania

    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 6 weeks road tripping through both the North and South Islands of New Zealand.  Of course, the trail can be challenging and you might be wondering what to expect on the Tongariro Crossing hike. Never fear, this guide is here! I’ve got you covered, detailing how you should prepare for the trek, what each section…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    Cape Reinga Day Trip New Zealand

    The very first big tourism activity we did in New Zealand was a day trip up to Cape Reinga from Paihia, on the North Island. Full of Maori history, epic coastal views, and adventures in the sand dunes, a Cape Reinga day trip is a great way to experience the northernmost tip of New Zealand! Admittedly, this wasn’t even a day trip that was on my radar. But, it was included in the Stray hop-on/hop-off bus pass we had booked for touring around the north and south islands. I am so glad it was! This day was easily one of our favorites on the north island. Cape Reinga Day Trip…

  • New Zealand,  Oceania

    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 New Zealand top to bottom has everything you need to know! New Zealand’s North Island totally surprised me. Most of the top attractions I’d heard of in my research were based on the South Island. Thus, I traveled through the north without any expectations. The north has more to offer than I knew. Think tropical…