26 Hours to Home

My time in New Zealand has officially concluded and as of last night, I’m safely back in the U.S.   I know I should have posted a few days ago about coming home but I was so busy and focused on enjoying my last days in NZ that I didn’t have time to post. A coupleContinue reading “26 Hours to Home”

Hanmer Springs; Bungee Jumps & Conquering Fears

Okay, this next post is one I’m so excited to write. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a pretty big fear of heights. Like it’s big. But I’m working on conquering it because I don’t like living my life being afraid of something so small. Anyway, with this fear in mind, I wentContinue reading “Hanmer Springs; Bungee Jumps & Conquering Fears”

Whale Watching & Sailing in Kaikoura & Christchurch

Okay, okay, so I know I’ve left you all hanging for quite some time while I’ve been on my trip but it’s not my fault, I promise! Turns out New Zealand has extremely limited wifi. Whoda thunk. It’s not like they’re like the furthest place in the world from anywhere else or anything.. But it’sContinue reading “Whale Watching & Sailing in Kaikoura & Christchurch”

Tongariro Crossing, AKA Mordor; Not for the Faint of Heart

You’ve heard of those worldwide treks where they’re so dangerous and long but you’re so intrigued that you want to do them yourself, right? Those difficult things you put yourself through so that you can be able to say you did it? The Tongariro Crossing was that for me, although I didn’t know it atContinue reading “Tongariro Crossing, AKA Mordor; Not for the Faint of Heart”

Rotorua; Hot Springs & Māori Experiences

Alright folks, gather ’round.. I’ve got a story to tell. Now everyone knows I’m always up for adventure. This entire New Zealand trip has been fantastic and full of so many firsts for me. And one of those firsts was pitching a broken tent in the rain and ending up having to sleep inside theContinue reading “Rotorua; Hot Springs & Māori Experiences”

Abseiling & Black Water Rafting in Waitomo Caves; A True Adventure

Ever wanted to rope down a 50 foot drop into a cave and then go black river rafting and rock climbing? Then Kiwi Cave Rafting in Waitomo Caves has got you covered because this is exactly what I did today and it was phenomenal.  Rowena and I had discussed wanting to go caving in someContinue reading “Abseiling & Black Water Rafting in Waitomo Caves; A True Adventure”

Hobbiton – The Shire

TODAY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. I WENT TO HOBBITON.   I SAW THE BEAUTIFUL SHIRE. I WALKED THE PATHS OF BAG END.   I can’t believe that I was finally able to go. I remember falling in love with Tolkien when I was just in middle school. Now, here I am, years later and I sawContinue reading “Hobbiton – The Shire”

Two Days in Auckland

So, I’ve safely landed in New Zealand! I landed yesterday at 7am, ready to go. I even slept a whole five hours on the 13 hour flight! Wow (insert small levels of sarcasm here because I’m actually impressed I slept that much.. but also.. that’s not very much)! As per my previous post on jetContinue reading “Two Days in Auckland”

One Flight Down, Two More to go: The New Zealand Adventure Has Begun

Well, it’s happening folks! Six months of planning, saving, working and waiting has finally come to a close and I’ve begun my trip to New Zealand!   It’s going to be a long next 24 hours but that’s okay, I have my LOTR books ready to go so I will not get bored!! I will notContinue reading “One Flight Down, Two More to go: The New Zealand Adventure Has Begun”

First Step Toward the Next Adventure

As my waiting time for New Zealand was winding down, I decided to do something crazy and have my first adventure right here at home in the U.S. in preparation for the big adventure. I decided to dye my hair pastel purple and pink. Now, this was a huge deal for me. I’d never evenContinue reading “First Step Toward the Next Adventure”