I knew from my few previous travels around the North Island that Rotorua is considered by many as the tourism epicenter of the region. Although Taupo also has a lot to offer, not to mention it is absolutely beautiful, it’s the little brother to all that I found in Rotorua. I’ve already written about quite […]


When I first left home, I wrote this post the day I left San Diego. When I left San Diego on a train taking me to LA, which would be my departure city from the States, I remember watching the sun fade under the canopy of palm trees, and feeling like I knew, at least […]


As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a fanatic of Lord of the Rings. I did finally see the 3rd movie in the 3-part series the other day, but I still haven’t seen the 2nd Hobbit movie, and most faux pas of all, I haven’t read any of the books. With that said, it’s hard not […]


You can smell the sulfur from the moment you drive into Rotorua with the windows rolled down. Once you pass the Agrodome and its sheep shows, and the OGO Zorb hill, the smell hits you and knocks you back a little. Rotorua is a thermal hot bed of cool attractions, interesting smells, and colorful minerals, and […]


I only had one day in the Coromandel Peninsula, but I was astounded by the natural beauty I found in my short time there. Due East of Auckland, it’s a popular weekend getaway for those living in the city, and a great place to find isolation, tropical weather and alluring beaches. It’s where the famous Cathedral […]


Snapshot memories is a new weekly series, giving a visual glimpse into different destinations and unique ways to view them. It’s also a way for me to look back on travels that occurred before and after I started this blog, and to give each place I’ve traveled the attention it deserves.  This week my memories […]


I’m baffled every time I come across a tourist who has been to Rotorua and has never heard of zorbing, so I’m here to let you in on a secret, go zorbing if you’re in Rotorua, I can guarantee it’s a very unique Kiwi experience. Ever since I came across it when I was 12 and […]


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