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Wellington’s Funky and Fascinating Cuba Street
February 15, 2012
Wellington’s Funky and Fascinating Cuba Street

One of our favorite areas in Wellington, New Zealand is the Cuba Street District. Once the route of the Wellington trams, the middle section of the street was closed to traffic after the removal of the rails in 1969 and is now one of the busiest areas in Wellington. This is a cool neighborhood full [...]

Akaroa – New Zealand’s Only French Settlement
February 12, 2012
Akaroa – New Zealand’s Only French Settlement

The charming township of Akaroa sits at the edge of a pleasing harbor inside the eroded crater of a gigantic, extinct volcano. Akaroa is located an hour and a half drive southeast of Christchurch on Banks Peninsula, the South Island’s most impressive volcanic feature. The peninsula has two prevailing craters which form Lyttelton and Akaroa [...]

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony – New Zealand
January 24, 2011
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony – New Zealand

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, located between Christchurch and Dunedin, is home to a group of little blue penguins who come ashore every day around dusk. What started out as a few blue penguins nesting in a rock quarry area at the edge of Oamaru Harbor in the early 1990s is now Oamaru’s largest tourist [...]

Things to Do and See in Wellington, New Zealand
October 20, 2010
Things to Do and See in Wellington, New Zealand

One of my favorite spots in the world is Wellington, New Zealand. Surrounded by rolling hills, the city sits on the edge of a stunning harbor. It is renowned for its compact size making it an ideal walking city. When I visited Wellington, I walked and walked and walked, thoroughly enjoying a city that has [...]

Kick Back on Waiheke Island
March 25, 2010
Kick Back on Waiheke Island

Just a short 35 minute trip by fast ferry from downtown Auckland, New Zealand’s Waiheke Island is just the spot to get away from, …well, Auckland. A blend of beaches, forest and farmland, the picturesque Waiheke Island is located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. Offering a great range of things to do, it [...]

Travel Photo – Akaroa, New Zealand
August 8, 2009
Travel Photo – Akaroa, New Zealand

A view of the harbor in Akaroa, New Zealand

Jailhouse Accommodation in New Zealand
July 7, 2009
Jailhouse Accommodation in New Zealand

If you’re looking for a unique experience or if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night in the slammer, there’s the Jailhouse Accommodation. Located just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand, the former Addington Prison is now a very highly rated hostel that offers private rooms with singles, doubles or twin [...]

Great Flashpacking Hostels in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji
July 3, 2009
Great Flashpacking Hostels in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji

Flashpacking is as popular as ever this summer and for good reason. Traveling with gadgets has become a part of life. Why wouldn’t you stay in one of the nice, higher end hostels around the world that allow you to enjoy not only the atmosphere of a hostel, but also some of the comforts more [...]

Queenstown – The Adrenaline Capital of the World
June 30, 2009
Queenstown – The Adrenaline Capital of the World

If you’re an adrenaline junkie who lives for the next rush, now is the best time of year to head to Queenstown, New Zealand. Located on New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is a beautiful town that is situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu beneath the majestic mountain range known as The Remarkables. Often referred [...]

Dead Letter Office, Vol. 1
April 16, 2009
Dead Letter Office, Vol. 1

In 1825, the United States Postal Service started a dead letter office to deal with undeliverable mail. The term “dead letter office” is now often used in reference to any room of disused materials resembling a dead letter office. In 1987, the band R.E.M. released an album entitled “Dead Letter Office” that effectively mopped up [...]

Wellington – The Capital of Arts and Culture in New Zealand
March 25, 2009
Wellington – The Capital of Arts and Culture in New Zealand

Wellington is currently a very popular travel spot that offers an abundance of dining, entertainment and cultural attractions to suit any taste or budget. A couple of years ago, I spent a few weeks traveling around New Zealand. After spending a day getting acclimated in Auckland, my traveling partner and I boarded a train south [...]

Explore Lord of the Rings
February 24, 2009
Explore Lord of the Rings

If you have an interest in The Lord of the Rings and you want a unique experience in Wellington, New Zealand, then this is the tour for you. This great day tour from Wellington Rover visits locations in and around greater Wellington that were used during the filming of The Lord of the Rings movies. [...]