The road from the west side of the island to the east was a treacherous one… and we were in a stick. Wesley did an amazing job driving through the icy mountain passes (literally… they were icy mountain passes). There were even a few instances where construction forced us to stop (going uphill of course) […]Read more "Earthquake City"
We had planned to do something called a heli-hike where you take a chopper ride up to the top of a glacier and go for a hike… But it was raining. I guess we can understand why they cancelled it. So instead we decided to take a regular hike over to see the Franz Josef […]Read more "The cancelled glacier hike"
We drove over to Wanaka to stay the night on our way to the next destination. Although we didn’t really DO anything in particular the scenery was beautiful enough to warrant posting a picture of the lake (which used to have lots of gold in it!). Also on the way to Franz Josef, we stopped […]Read more "There’s gold in that there lake"
While researching where to go on our trip, everything I saw pointed to Milford Sound. Maybe because it was that we were expecting so much, that we were disappointed… Don’t get me wrong… Milford Sound is beautiful!!! It’s a fjord after all… hard to not be beautiful. I believe that it was the three day investment […]Read more "Milford Sound"
The most interesting couple in the world finally made it to the most beautiful place in the world – Queenstown (also the adventure sports capital of the world). Even flying into Queenstown is magical – the plane lands between two snow topped mountain ranges right next to glacial-fed lakes. But those are just the surroundings, […]Read more "The most beautiful place in the world"
Wellington is the New Zealand Hollywood or… Wellywood (yes, it is really called that). Of course our objective here was to see LOTR things. We went to see the WETA workshop, where the employees were unfriendly… but that didn’t stop us from paying the extra 20 bucks or so to see a tour of what […]Read more "Wellywood"
The Waitomo glow worms are actually pretty cool. Looks sort of like the night sky… but inside of a cave. Unfortunately, we only went on a tour when the alternative was ‘black water rafting’. Basically, you go tubing in a cave, in the dark… sounds awesome. Next time I suppose. Other than the glow worm […]Read more "Glow Worms in Waitomo Caves"
Written by Wesley Klehm Not too far down the road through some more gorgeous hills, valleys, and forests was the town of Rotorua. Our first stop here was Te Puia. This was the thermal area that had bubbling mud pools and geysirs. Sterling was particularly entertained by the mud bubbles. The geysir was erupting almost constantly […]Read more "RotoVegas"
Written by Wesley Klehm When we arrived in Auckland, it was storming rather fiercely. We were a bit worried that this would affect our trips and tours, but thankfully the next morning it was all clear. We found our car rental and headed south. We stopped at a McDonald’s and had some breakfast items and then went […]Read more "Tricksy little Hobbitses"
We got off to sick start on the plane from MEM to salt lake, where I felt dizzy for about half the flights. We got upgraded on the next leg of the journey so maybe the footrests and bananas made me feel better. Landing in LA, we saw hundreds of purple Jacaranda trees from the […]Read more "And we are off on an adventure!"