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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Landscapes of New Zealand Photo Gallery

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What I Mean When I Say I Live in NZ (vlog)

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Shipwrecked! A story of 4 souls, 3 stages, 2 vehicles, and 1 weekend of festival on the only covid free island

I felt a little guilty. The world was closed, Covid was running rampant in most countries besides NZ, and here we were going to a music festival. New Zealand had closed their borders quickly and shut the entire country into lockdown when they had only 12 cases and no deaths. One of my favorite quotes…

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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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Rakiura Track, Stewart Island (+vlog)

The Rakiura Track located on the southern banks of Stewart Island, is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand with good reason. Commitment is the first step in completing this track, as a foot ferry is the only access to the island and often the seas are treacherous at 47 degrees south. Luckily trekking…

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Stewart Island – Wild Kiwis and Cold Diving (+video)

Stewart Island was a week full of first times. It was the closest I have been to Antarctica, my first time seeing a wild kiwi, my first time seeing a carpet shark or an octopus in the wild, and my first time using my new GoPro, which ended up with some very tripping free diving…

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The Catlins – Waterfalls, Hikes, & Cathedral Caves

The Catlins is a once forgotten area along the Southern Scenic Highway, that offers a tucked away experience off the beaten track. There is so much to do in this area, you have to intentionally take your time. We however packed it all into a single day, we did 5-hikes, saw two waterfalls, were up…

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Doubtful Sound Photo Gallery (+vlog)

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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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