Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Random

Huka Honey Hive

New Zealand’s honey is in high demand worldwide.  During our 1st visit to Taupo we stopped by the Huka Honey Hive to see the live bees and sample honey. Bees!  Anyone that has spent any time with me in the Spring knows I have a phobia of bees (well anything that flies and stings).  The phobia is not logical as bees do a lot of great things; however, I get anxiety simply hearing a buzz…

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand

Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium

Kelly Tarltons Sea Life Aquarium is hidden well in the surrounding trees along Okahu Bay and only 6 kilometers from Auckland City Center.  The set-up of the facility underground was unique to other SeaLife Aquariums I have experienced.  The entrance leads to a long ramp guiding visitors to the admissions office underground. Once you purchase tickets, you head straight into their Antarctic Ice Adventure set-up.  Explore interactive displays and view equipment used to battle the…

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Been There Done That, Caves, Family Friendly, Free, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Things To Do, Walks

Piripiri Caves Scenic Reserve

Piripiri caves are an easy 2 minute drive from Marokopa Falls and worth a stop while in the Waitomo area. New Zealand Department of Conservation displays green signs for noteworthy sights and we learned early to be on the lookout for them. The easy 5 minute bush walk leads to the entrance of the Piripiri Cave and open for anyone to explore.  A stairway descends a few meters so don’t forgot a light or cell phone in our case…

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Marokopa Falls – Best New Zealand Waterfalls

The Marokopa Falls can be found thirty minutes drive from Waitomo, New Zealand but plan plenty of time for the drive.  The extreme curves take the speed down to around 10 km/per hour.  Just before reaching the falls car park, you will come across the Mangapohue Natural Bridge directly off the road. This is worth the stop! Once arriving at the Marokopa Falls car park, take a short bush walk down to the bottom platform.  There are a…

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Been There Done That, Caves, Free, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Things To Do, Walks

Mangapohue Natural Bridge – Waitomo, New Zealand

The Mangapohue Natural Bridge is roughly a 30 minute car ride from Waitomo Village, home of the New Zealand’s famous glowworm caves.  This was a surprise find for us on our way to the Marokopa Falls. We learned early on that these green sign in New Zealand usually result in something amazing! Only a short 10 minute walk from the nearest car park lead us to this 17 meter tall natural bridge. The boardwalk path crosses…

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Cool New Vocabulary – Part 2

Previously I posted cool new vocabulary that I learned following our move. There have been many conversations since then so wanted to add to that list.  These are some of my favorite new words  and conversations always get a good laugh.  My southern accent and vocabulary leaves an impression as well. As the saying goes, you can take the girl out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the girl. Arkansas born…

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Been There Done That, Caves, Natural Wonders, New Zealand, Things To Do

Kawiti Caves

The next morning we were headed back to Hamilton. I had marked a few things on my map to stop by on the way home.  The glow worm caves were something I have been interested in doing since we arrived in New Zealand.  The caves in Waitomo are the more popular tourist caves.  I read the Kawiti Caves in the Waiomio Valley were really nice and less traveled.  We headed about a half hour out…

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Been There Done That, Free, New Zealand, Things To Do, Waterfalls

Haruru Falls – New Zealand

The Haruru Falls in Northland’s Bay of Islands region forms a unique horseshoe shape. The height of the falls is not all that impressive at roughly 5 meters but the appearance and Māori history add to the appeal. The short 10 minute drive from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds guides you to the car park along the Waitangi River.Those interested can take the scenic 5 1/2 km hike from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for added adventure….

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Animal Parks, Been There Done That, Family Friendly, New Zealand, Things To Do

Perrot Place

Our next stop in KeriKeri was The Perrot Place. I saw this on a brochure and know how much the girls love any kind of animal interaction experience.  I did not realize how interactive it would be though.  I got to hold the Perrot below while the trainer fed him since he’s a biter. (I went very casual this day due to being rained on the last few days. I wanted to be comfortable and…

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Been There Done That, Family Friendly, Free, New Zealand, Walks, Waterfalls

Rainbow Falls – Top New Zealand Waterfalls

Rainbow Falls can be found in New Zealand’s Northland region in the town of KeriKeri.  Many tourist flock to Paihia to visit the Bay of Islands and this waterfall is only a short 30 minute drive from there. “The Māori name Waianiwaniwa, meaning waters of the rainbow” seems fitting.  My handy Northland brochure was not kidding about an easy hike. This 27 meter waterfall can be heard immediately from the car park.   Shortly into the…

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