40 Miles, 2 Days, 1 Epic Hike – The Routeburn Track

40 Miles, 2 Days, 1 Epic Hike – The Routeburn Track

As we’ve said, New Zealand has a lot of good hiking (I think I was previously quoted as saying they had 8 billion hiking trails but again I’m rounding) but there are a few that are not simply classified as good, but rather great. There are 9 hikes throughout the North and South islands that are so stunningly beautiful they have been deemed the country’s Great Walks.  These hikes range from 2-5 days and pretty much
Milford Sound- Chris was Right!

Milford Sound- Chris was Right!

Nestled in the southwest region of New Zealand’s South Island is Fjordland National Park. It’s home to many fiords, the most popular being Milford Sound. Although we usually steer away from touristy bits, Chris pushed us to purchase a one day cruise through Milford Sound. Being the Budget Nazi that I am, I pushed against spending the $70 NZD for the cruise but eventually gave in as Chris argued that this would be one of the
Jumping Off Waterfalls & Other Saturday Activities (The Canyoning Post)

Jumping Off Waterfalls & Other Saturday Activities (The Canyoning Post)

When one makes their inaugural visit to Queenstown, the self-proclaimed (and deserved) ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ there are two requisites. First, thou must eat at Fergburger.  Yup the first thing anyone ever has to say about Queenstown, despite the cornucopia of amazingness that engulfs the city, is that you have to eat at its famed burger place.  For the record…you totally have to eat at Fergburger if you go.  It’s that good. But I digress.
Freebies in New Zealand

Freebies in New Zealand

I like to think of Queenstown, NZ a bit like an adult Disney World; tons of fun stuff to do but terribly expensive. The town offers everything from skydiving to high speed jet boats but any given adventure activity costs at least NZ $100 per person. As Chris and I have maintained an incredibly strict budget (which often leads to much turmoil), we opted to indulge in only one costly activity while in the city, Canyoning,
Climate Change Up Close – Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

Climate Change Up Close – Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

We visited the world famous Franz-Josef and Fox Glaciers on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island and while still beautiful, they’re just a shell of what they used to be thanks to rising global temperatures. Check out the sign in the 4th photo for evidence of how far they’ve receded in just a few years.               Guess what Fox News? It’s real.
Pancakes Aren’t Just for Breakfast

Pancakes Aren’t Just for Breakfast

At just about every turn in New Zealand, there is an urge to pull the van over and take a few pictures. The challenge comes in doing so safely. As we made our way down the scenic west coast, the amount of stops grew exponentially. We had just left the gorgeous Abel Tasman National Park and were heading south with delightful cliff views of the Tasman Sea right out the driver side window. We were just
Abel Tasman National Park (This is starting to get ridiculous…)

Abel Tasman National Park (This is starting to get ridiculous…)

One country should not be allowed to have this many stunningly beautiful places – but New Zealand continues to not be very good at sharing. Abel Tasman National Park is yet another example of its selfish ways. — After disembarking the famous Cook Strait Ferry we set foot on New Zealand’s legendary South Island for the first time with big expectations.  As much we had loved the North Island all anyone could say was that the
Our Wellington Wonders

Our Wellington Wonders

In addition to the many beautiful sights that we have come across in New Zealand, we have also encountered many beautiful people as well. Mary and Bob are two of those people. Months before Chris and I left the United States, I was put in touch with Mary; a “friend of a friend”… Well really a coworker… of a mom… of a friend. More specifically, one of my very best friends, Christa (or Cstriz), had mentioned
Tongariro Crossing: It’s Okay to Be Speechless.

Tongariro Crossing: It’s Okay to Be Speechless.

One of the most magnificent hikes that we encountered throughout our month in New Zealand was the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The Alpine Crossing is a segment of the well known Tongariro Northern Circuit, which is also one of nine premier tracks in New Zealand better known as The Great Walks. The Alpine Crossing features most of the scenic highlights from the Northern Circuit but takes a fraction of the time (six hours versus four days!). As
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