Queenstown & Wanaka, Our Pandemic Home Away From Home

During our 16-months of hunkering down in Aotearoa during the pandemic, we spent about 7 of them living in and around Queenstown and Wanaka at different points during our trip. Needless to say it became the heart of us while in Aotearoa and our kiwi built family resided there, so there is where we kept…

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Joli Clan Blitz to the North – Queenstown to Wellington

After planning for months to make it to North Island and looping back to Queenstown three times, we decided it was finally time to head north with the full crew in tow. Joli Clan had made a plan and we blitzed it to the Marlborough region in a day, and spent a few days relaxing,…

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Close Encounter with Lions & Giraffe’s (gallery & videos)

On our way back to the South of South Island to go on our 3-day Doubtful Sound cruise, we stopped in Christchurch for some wildlife encounters and got up close and personal with a pride of lions, a couple giraffes, and saw some flirtatious sea lions that were too cute not to make a little…

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North of South Island – Wine, Diving, Hiking, & Birds (video)

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New Zealand Road-trip: Christchurch to Kaikoura (video)

I wrote a blog on our experience – The Road to Kaikoura – Exploring, Fishing, and Whale Watching in the Town Named “Crayfish” that has all the juicy details, but there is always something missing from just a story told. I think watching a video is a story felt.

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Penguin Safari at Pohatu Marine Reserve

After finally scratching our wine tasting itch, the winds died down and we booked a wildlife kayak tour. Pohatu Penguins had a personal connection with the family that keeps after the Pohatu Marine Reserve and we had the unique opportunity to observe a penguin up-close incubating an egg, witness rafting penguins in the open sea,…

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Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins in Akaroa, New Zealand (+video)

Some experiences I struggle to put words to so I make a video instead. I love to relive trips this way, moments, and bucket list experiences. Swimming with wild dolphins in Akaroa was one of those experiences. We booked our trip with Black Cat Cruises, as they came highly recommended by every travel blogger that…

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Setting Off For a 10-Month New Zealand Road Trip- Oamaru to Akaroa

It’s official we live in a rooftop tent/Subaru in New Zealand. We originally planned on Airbnb hopping but decided we wanted more freedom and spontaneity. Oli often talks about his time living aboard his brother’s boat in Indonesia and how he would like to recreate how he felt on that trip. In the spirit of…

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