Looking West
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Looking west near Jackson Bay on New Zealand’s South Island. View in Instagram ⇒

Flashback Friday – “Moo” from New Zealand
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Flashback Friday! We stopped to watch the light move across the landscape on New Zealand’s South Island near Jackson Bay. Mountains to the east … Read More

When Checking A Bag Costs As Much As Your Plane Ticket, Thanks Virgin Bloody Australia
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Our alarm woke us up at 4 am at the Airport Travel Air Motor Inn near, you guessed it, the airport in Auckland, NZ. … Read More

Tips, Hacks, and General Advice For New Zealand Travel
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1) Saving money getting to/from the airport Taking the public bus to/from the airport is often more expensive than a typical bus ticket. When … Read More

New Zealand Travel Budget
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We spent a total of 55 days in the land of the long white cloud and averaged $113 USD per day ($61 per person … Read More

Oh baby, won’t you butter my bread
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We noticed that the butter here in Lombok is from New Zealand. And after seeing the butter options last month while in a small local convenience store on New Zealand’s north island, I can understand why. And yes that is 4 kg or 8.8 lbs of butter!

Where the unmarked trail leads: Forestry Beach
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After driving down dirt roads through rolling hills of cow paddocks high above the ocean and cruising through dense forest, you arrive here – Forestry Beach.

Beautiful Landscape density in New Zealand
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New Zealand is just one beautiful landscape after another. NZ is about the size of Colorado with a population similar to Kentucky and the geographic diversity of Norway + California Coastline + some other country with beautiful rolling hills of farmland next to the ocean.

Goodbye cyclone Lusi, Hello beach!
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After a few days of rain and wind from Cyclone Lusi, we were all ready to get outside and put our paws in the sand. This is Mangawhai Heads beach.

Learning to drive a manual in New Zealand
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Nic learns to drive a manual. Puppy provides emotional support. Luckily, his travel companion mastered this skill when she was 16 after spending hours in the Fenton High School parking lot lurching and stalling a S10 truck with her mom or dad riding shot gun.

Just another day at the beach
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After this shot, we put a blanket down to enjoy the beach. Then the dog pooped right where the water meets the sand. As I scrambled to find the plastic bag we didn’t bring, Nic warned a surfer walking by. Meanwhile, a hidden open beer bottle fell over and soaked our beach blanket, towel, bag and pants. Hilarious!

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