Sunrise over Cathedral Cove: Coromandel New Zealand

When we told friends we were going to New Zealand, most people's first reaction was, "Oh South Island? It's super fun there!" We'd say no, just the North Island this time, and they'd invariably follow up with, "but we love the South Island!" We do too, but since we'd already circumnavigated most of the South …

Spelunking Fun: Waipu Caves New Zealand

Our destination was to the Bay of Islands, but I wanted to break up our drive en route from Auckland. A bit of searching on the interwebs led me to Waipu Caves. Undeveloped caves free for spelunkers to wander around. CHECK. Blackwater rivers to splash around in. CHECK. Thousands of turquoise colored glow worms overhead. …

Exploring the Redwood Forest in Rotorua

Our caving guides back at Waitomo Caves suggested we check out Whakarewarewa Forest - more commonly known as Redwood Forest - if we were looking for cool hiking options in Rotorua. Most excellent suggestion! We only wished we had more time to spend there - we had only three hours to tread about before the light …