Day 315 in New Zealand: My First Camping Trip and an Amazing Hike

It has been a big year…we’ve moved countries, we’ve traveled, we’ve started a garden, we’ve taken up mountain climbing, but there was one more thing I wanted to do before we wrapped up 2017…CAMPING! That’s right, we went camping! Yours truly…New York City Girl…this just goes to show you that one should never say never. A year ago there was no way I would have … Continue reading Day 315 in New Zealand: My First Camping Trip and an Amazing Hike

Day 288 in New Zealand: A Day Exploring Kaikoura

About 2.5 hours north of Christchurch is the coastal town of Kaikoura. In November of 2016, this area was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. In early December 2017, the highway to Kaikoura was open just in time for our road trip. This town has a long history in whaling and is a must see for whale watchers. On our trip, we took the day … Continue reading Day 288 in New Zealand: A Day Exploring Kaikoura

Day 275 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part III

Road trip Part III…driving back up north. On the drive back to Christchurch we drove along the coast. Making a stop in the tiny town Ophir as well as some stops to take in the coastal views. The town of Ophir is tiny, in fact, you can capture the entire town in one photograph without even using panorama.   While tiny this town does offer … Continue reading Day 275 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part III

Day 274 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part II

The weekend road trip part II…Central Otago is probably my favorite region in NZ. When we visited in 2010, this is the area where we spent the most of our time so I may be a bit partial here. However, between the bike trails, the mountains, the lakes, the wineries, and very low humidity there is so much to love about this area. There is … Continue reading Day 274 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part II

Day 273 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part I

It is a three day weekend here in Canterbury and we are making the most of it with a road trip to explore some more of the South Island. We drove down the center of the island making several stops along the way. First Stop: Lake Tekapo, our stop here was a brief one. We walked along the lake shore taking in the view. The … Continue reading Day 273 in New Zealand: Road Trip to Otago Part I

Day 106 in New Zealand: Hiking Peak Hill

This was our first proper hike since moving to New Zealand. Peak Hill had the pleasure of breaking us into hiking in New Zealand. This is about a three-hour hike to the top and back and is rated as a medium level trail. The trail is about 5ks (3 miles) in distance with a 1200-meter (about 4,000 feet) climb. The climb to the top does reward … Continue reading Day 106 in New Zealand: Hiking Peak Hill