The Marlborough Sounds – Motuara Bird Life Sanctuary

Picton and more specifically the Marlborough Sounds have so much going on. Whether you are an avid birder, seeking dolphins and marine life, or just want to get outside, there is so much to do. Our first day in town we spent mountain biking some of the local trails. We took a wrong turn somewhere…

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New Zealand Wine Country – Marlborough

A New Zealand road trip is not complete without a stop in New Zealand’s wine country, Marlborough. Wine tours are done a little differently in this region hopping from winery to winery on the back of a bike, which is much more my style. Who needs a bus or a driver when you have your…

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The Road to Kaikoura – Exploring, Fishing, and Whale Watching in the Town Named “Crayfish”

Driving to Kaikoura was part of the fun as this region is full of sweeping ocean look outs, empty stretches of beach, and a highway that follows the coast. We began our journey hiding out from the weather again in a beautiful farm Airbnb tucked away from everything, 6km down a dirt road in the…

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Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins in Akaroa, New Zealand

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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Pohatu Marine Reserve Penguin Safari

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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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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