Lady Knox Geyser

New Zealand’s thermal explorer highway between Rotorua and Taupo provides numerous opportunities to see geothermal activities like boiling mud pools, steam vents and geysers. The Lady Knox Geyser located at the Wai-O-Tapu (Sacred Waters) Thermal Wonderland offers a chance for a front row viewing of a geyser erupting. Once we arrived at the facility and purchased tickets, they asked that we drive to the viewing platform located 4 minutes from the admissions building.  The geyser... Read more

Walk Wairere Falls Track

The Wairere Falls Track starts next to a dairy farm located 10 minutes from Matamata, New Zealand. This incredible 153 meter waterfall is a stunner even from the carpark. The trail leads you through beautiful bush and large boulders.  The early part of the walk is an easy stroll. Check out the massive trees! The bridge crosses over Wairere Falls and I could not help but be in awe of the green moss covered rocks.... Read more

Camping on the Beach

One thing I learned after moving here… New Zealanders love to camp!   I grew up in Arkansas and have memories of camping at the lake or a river. My girls had not experienced a tent until moving to New Zealand and that was mostly due to my desire to not sleep on the ground.  I finally agreed once Andrew purchased a 3 room tent with air mattresses, cooking gear and extra warm sleeping bags.... Read more

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Mount Tamborine in Queensland, Australia would be the perfect weekend getaway.  There are so many great walks, wineries, shops and much more to keep you busy.  We drove up for the day and would love to go back! The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a self guided tour through a beautiful Australian rainforest situated on 30 acres of private land.  Basically this is Andrew’s worst nightmare as he hates heights!  The Skywalk track starts on a steel... Read more

See Pōhutu Gyser Erupt

Te Puia is a popular tourist attraction located on the edge of Rotorua, New Zealand.  The complex is rich with Maori culture like the carving and weaving institute, model pre-European village and cultural performance as well as a Kiwi bird house. The 60 hectares of geothermal activity within the Te Whakarewarewa Valley was the highlight of the experience for me. The Pōhutu geyser known to be the Southern Hemisphere’s largest active geyser extending to a maximum... Read more

Live All Blacks Rugby Game

The New Zealand All Blacks Rugby team is known worldwide for their tough teams year after year.  I had no idea the passion Kiwis felt for their rugby team until after the loss to Australia our 1st year living here. The entire mood of the country seems to depend on whether the All Blacks win their game or not.  We were told many times go see a live game to capture the full experience so we did!... Read more

Bridal Veil Falls Walkway

Bridal Veil Falls can be found tucked away in New Zealand’s Waikato. This gem is located a short drive from Raglan Beach which you cannot miss with well marked signage from the main road to Hamilton. The trail begins with an easy 10 minute walk listening the sounds of this powerful 53 meter waterfall. The path splits with directions to the top viewing platform on left and the stairway down to the lower observation deck... Read more

Mount Pirongia Bike Trail

Mountain biking trails were added to my bucket list after Andrew surprised me with a bike last Christmas.  Twenty years have passed since I owned my last bike and only rode around my childhood neighborhood.    The exhilarating feeling of trying something new makes me feel ten years younger (minus the sore muscles afterwards that remind me of my actual age). Mt. Pirongia located in the heart of New Zealand’s Waikato region was a perfect... Read more

Cape Byron Walking Track

Byron Bay is the coolest beach town with lots of restaurants and local shopping lining the square.  We would love to go back and visit this area again after moving to Sydney.  There are numerous beautiful beaches and lots of water activities; unfortunately, our drive only allowed for an overnight stay on this particular visit. The Cape Byron Lighthouse walk was the one item we wanted to complete before heading out of town. The 3.7km... Read more

Snowboard on a Volcano

Some bucket list items are easy and fit right into my personality.  Others push me outside my comfort zone. Snowboarding on a volcano left me with a bruised ego and bum! The trip to Mt. Ruapehu (an inspiration for Lord of the Rings Mt. Doom) is New Zealand’s largest active volcano.  There are two commercial ski field options on the volcano and we chose the Turoa ski slope due to their childcare option. This photo was taken... Read more