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

From living in a van to house sitting in New Zealand
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After living in a mini-van for a month, Nic and I moved on to our next Kiwi adventure on the North Island – looking after these two doggies and trying to drive this manual on the opposite side of the road. Check out that bumper!

Shoot, We Melted The Window Visors On Our Rental Van
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DEET, a chemical in mosquito repellant, melts plastic. We read these words on a Google search while standing in the parking lot of the … Read More

Days 18-20 Abel Tasman, The Name of Our First Child?
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Abel Tasman National Park, one of New Zealand’s smallest national parks, is a perfect place to relax next to clear azul-colored water and take … Read More

Days 15-17 The Wild West
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The South Island’s West Coast holds just as much beauty as the rest of New Zealand, but leaves you with a lingering feeling of … Read More

Days 13-14 Don’t Park Your Home On Uneven Ground
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  Crowded eggs in the frying pan When we found our eggs huddled together on the right-hand side of the frying pan, we realized … Read More

Days 11 -12 Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
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Leaving sheep dotted hills in the Catlins for streams of charter buses in Fiordland Exiting the Catlins and entering Fiordland involved several hours behind … Read More

Days 8-10 – The Catlins, South of the Tourist Track
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The Catlins – rugged, unpopulated, and beautiful at every turn While traveling New Zealand, we were often amazed at the sheer beauty and untouched … Read More

Day 7 – Mussels for lunch! Cancel that. We are out of gas.
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Sunrises, mussels, and no more butane Nic woke up early, took some great pictures and collected some mussels for lunch. How does this man … Read More

Day 6 – Oceanside Camping for $5 NZD! Take that, California!
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Showers are happiness. We heard rumors that there were showers available in the Mt Cook Park area. After a few wrong turns in the … Read More