4 Must-See Raglan Beaches

Raglan is a small beach town located on the western coast of the New Zealand’s North Island. During our time in New Zealand, we lived in Hamilton City which was smack in the middle of the island.  Raglan’s beaches were only a short 45 minute drive from our house and the closest spot to see the ocean. Ngarunui Beach The Ngarunui Beach is known as the main beach and a popular swimming, boogie boarding and…

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Classic Car Museum

The Classic Car Museum is found attached to a 1950’s themed American diner in Hamilton, New Zealand.  We decided to take mom while she was in town but to my surprise the girls loved it too! They enjoyed posing with all antique cars and motorcycles. Here you will find over 100 cars on display along with other memorabilia such as tin signs, antique toys and much more. We spent a couple hours browsing through all the…

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Butterfly Creek Auckland

Butterfly Creek, located around Auckland Airport, is the perfect place to visit for a few hours when picking or dropping off relatives/friends to the airport or if you need to kill a few hours before your flight.  The park has a butterfly house, petting zoo, mechanical dinosaur section, salt water crocodiles and more. Tickets are sold separately for different attractions depending on how much time you want to spend at the park.  We had plenty…

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Mom Arrived

My mom made the long haul to New Zealand to stay with us for about a month. We had a jam packed schedule even before she arrived so we just threw her into the chaos! Mom arrived in the morning and luckily Andrew was already in Auckland to pick her up.  We went straight to surprise Ella on her field trip to Hamilton Gymnastics.  She was so excited to see mom and introduced her to…

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Skyline Rotorua RotoVegas

Skyline Rotorua or ROTOVEGAS is an entertainment area located on top a mountain in Rotorua, New Zealand.  There is a sign and everything! The only way up is via the Skyline Gondola but plan for a full day once you arrive at the top.  The girls were entertained by watching the mountain bikers making jumps beneath us. The picturesque view of Rotorua Lake makes the ride up worth it. The Luge The Luge is a…

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Kuirau Park – Rotorua’s Free Geothermal Walkway

Rotorua, a popular tourist destination on New Zealand’s North Island, offers a diverse range of experiences from action-packed zorbing (rolling down a hill in an inflated ball) to relaxing in the hot pools at the Polynesia Spa.  These are all worth doing but some come with a hefty price tag. If you need a break from the paid experiences, check out a few of the free activities available. Rotorua Lake walks and Whakarewarewa Forest are a couple….

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Blue Spring Te Waihou Walkway

The Blue Spring located along the Te Waihou walkway is so pure that it supplies 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.  This hidden gem can be found in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. There are two trail access points depending on how much time you want to spend. The longer walk starts at White Road in Putaruru or the Leslie Road car park has a shorter lead in.  Our girls were better suited…

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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is one of New Zealand’s most talked beaches due to your ability to dig your own spa pool in the sand.  Unfortunately, we did not visit at the correct time of the day. The best time to visit is within two hours each way of the low tide.  The waves were rough at this beach and could easily knock a person down.  I know from experience! The view from the top of…

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Rapaura Watergardens – Coromandel Peninsula

On the way home from our trip to Whitianga, we decided to take a detour and see the other side of the Coromandel Peninsula.  (side note: “wh” is pronounced with the sound of a “f” here in New Zealand which is something I had to get used to when attempting to pronounce the town names) The Rapaura Watergardens are located down a gravel and curvy road as we made our way west.  The 64 acres…

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Hot Water Brewery

Hot Water Brewery in Whenuakite, New Zealand is the perfect place to stop following an afternoon on Hot Water Beach.  This brewery is family-friendly with a playground near the restaurant patio. Little did we know they are also a holiday park with overnight accommodations available. Looking back we would have preferred to stay here considering their proximity to some of the best beaches and activities in the area. Hot Water Brewery, by Don and Dawn Walker…

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