Tongariro Alpine Crossing 

When planning our trip to New Zealand James and I knew that we wanted to go hiking (or tramping as it’s called here) but were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to manage one of the multi-day great walks. As a one day walk, and one that went past Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings films, the Tongariro Crossing was soon a definite on our itinerary. View Post

Maori Culture and Geothermal activity in Rotorua

Rotorua is apparently the tourist capital of the North Island, so we weren’t at all surprised that there was so much to do and see here. We stayed in Rotorua for four nights in total and as a result managed to fit in quite a lot so get comfortable and prepare for a lengthier post! View Post


For Lord of the Rings fans, Hobbiton is one of the must see places in New Zealand (although ironically a good number of their visitors have never seen the films or read any of the books) and it was pretty high on James’s wishlist of places to see. Conveniently located between Waitomo and Rotorua it was a good place for us to stop off for a few hours and take the tour. View Post


Waitomo is only a small village but is a huge tourist attraction due to the extensive caves which are also home to glowworms. As we had the time we decided to spend two nights here but we got the impression that most people only spend one night or come for a day trip. View Post

Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula 

One of the best things about visiting somewhere that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire is that there are plenty of natural wonders to marvel at and geothermal activity to get excited about. One area where you can experience the benefits yourself is at Hot Water Beach which is based on the Coromandel Peninsula and is included in Lonely Planet’s book of the world’s best beaches. View Post