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Living fairly regular 9 to 5 lives in Auckland, we are forever dreaming & planning our next adventure and with New Zealand as our playground, we have an endless to-do list. We hope you will find inspiration and enjoy our travel blog, as we share our adventures.
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Great Barrier Island is just 90km from downtown Auckland but it may as well be a world away. It’s a little like the land that time forgot, not in a dinosaur movie kind of way but more the fact that everyone waves as they pass by, and rush hour traffic consists of four cars leaving the aerodrome at the same time.

Diving Great Barrier Island – Aotea, New Zealand

Great Barrier Island is just 90km from downtown Auckland but it may as well be a world away. It’s a little like the land that time forgot, not in a dinosaur movie kind of way but more the fact that everyone waves as they pass by, and rush hour traffic consists of four cars leaving the aerodrome at the same time.

It was never our intention, but we seem have developed a fascination with pancakes. Not the edible kind, although we are partial to a good breakfast pancake with maple syrup. The pancakes we’re referring to are the incredible layered rock formations made famous here in New Zealand by the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes on the west coast of the South Island.

Paddling at Raglan Pancake Rocks – Waikato, New Zealand

It was never our intention, but we seem have developed a fascination with pancakes. Not the edible kind, although we are partial to a good breakfast pancake with maple syrup. The pancakes we’re referring to are the incredible layered rock formations made famous here in New Zealand by the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes on the west coast of the South Island.

On the day that we walked, there was a blustery southwester which made things a little interesting as the peninsula narrowed with relatively steepish slopes down to the sea on either side.

Walking at Duder Regional Park and Whakakaiwhara Point

On the day that we walked, there was a blustery southwester which made things a little interesting as the peninsula narrowed with relatively steepish slopes down to the sea on either side.

With a distinctive white plume that’s visible from as far away as Mount Tarawera almost 100km to the west, White Island is New Zealand’s most active volcano.

Exploring White Island Volcano – Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

With a distinctive white plume that’s visible from as far away as Mount Tarawera almost 100km to the west, White Island is New Zealand’s most active volcano.

At around 17km (10.5 miles) return, the Tama Lakes Track is a little shorter than the Tongariro crossing and, apart from a bit of a climb from the lower lake to the upper viewpoint, it’s far easier.

Visiting Tama Lakes – Ruapehu, North Island

At around 17km (10.5 miles) return, the Tama Lakes Track is a little shorter than the Tongariro crossing and, apart from a bit of a climb from the lower lake to the upper viewpoint, it’s far easier.

Once over the steep section, there’s a short, easy walk through palms and with the sound of the ocean below and a growing sense of anticipation, we almost felt like we were on a remote island movie set and that at any moment, some ridiculously handsome actor would come crashing through the underbrush.

Swimming in Matapouri Mermaid Pool – Northland, New Zealand

Once over the steep section, there’s a short, easy walk through palms and with the sound of the ocean below and a growing sense of anticipation, we almost felt like we were on a remote island movie set and that at any moment, some ridiculously handsome actor would come crashing through the underbrush.

Despite being a little out of the way, or perhaps because of this, Te Arai Point is one of our favourite Auckland Beaches. And by ‘out of the way’ we mean it’s 100km north of Auckland itself, and getting there involves a bit of gravel road driving. But don’t let that put you off, this beach is well worth the drive.

Despite being a little out of the way, or perhaps because of this, Te Arai Point is one of our favourite Auckland Beaches. And by ‘out of the way’ we mean it’s 100km north of Auckland itself, and getting there involves a bit of gravel road driving. But don’t let that put you off, this beach is well worth the drive.

Here in New Zealand, we have our own interesting rock formations and most famous of them all has got to be Punakaiki’s incredible Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, situated about 40km north of Greymouth on the South Island’s West Coast.

Visiting Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowholes – West Coast, New Zealand

Here in New Zealand, we have our own interesting rock formations and most famous of them all has got to be Punakaiki’s incredible Pancake Rocks and Blowholes, situated about 40km north of Greymouth on the South Island’s West Coast.

Lake Taupo (“toe-paw”) is one of the gems of New Zealand’s central North Island and a real adventurer’s playground which, luckily for us, is just three and a half hours drive south of Auckland.

Paddling to the Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupo – New Zealand

Lake Taupo (“toe-paw”) is one of the gems of New Zealand’s central North Island and a real adventurer’s playground which, luckily for us, is just three and a half hours drive south of Auckland.

Cape Brett is the rugged peninsula that marks the southern end of Northland’s picturesque Bay of Islands.  Without a doubt, walking the Cape Brett Track has been one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand thus far.

Walking the Cape Brett Track – Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Cape Brett is the rugged peninsula that marks the southern end of Northland’s picturesque Bay of Islands. Without a doubt, walking the Cape Brett Track has been one of the highlights of our time in New Zealand thus far.

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