Middle Earth: The Land of Hobbitses (pt 1)

Pengminions!!!!!

It is time to share with you our NZ Adventure aka Honeymoon!!!

As we have (I think) previously stated we spent a whole gosh darn month in the land of the white cloud!
Everyday was an adventure. A glorious, gorgeous, grandiose adventure!
We spent time on both islands (North and South) about 2 weeks each.
There was one count of sea sickness on the ferry between the two of us…I won’t embarrass myself or my husband recounting that tale except to say he was quite the gentleman throughout the whole 3 hr situation err….ride. 🙂

We will be uploading a how-to/tips/type travel guide blog soon for you or anyone you know who is planning a holiday to kiwi-land.

Til then here’s a snapshot album of our adventures:

Our trip started in the largest city in NZ: Auckland
DSC_0052                       Walking around the Viaduct Basin area in the Waitemata Harbour

DSC_0010 (2)                                                 View from the SkyTower

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From the Top of the SkyTower20140419 crater of rangitoto

Rangitoto Island just a ferry ride away from Auckland
It is a volcanic island that emerged from the ocean about 600 yrs ago
volcano flow                                               Hanging in a lava flow (Rangitoto)
20140419_073927                                       Skyline of Auckland from Rangitoto Island

DSC_0094                          On our first day in New Zealand walking around the harbour
20140420 auckland art                                  Art work on stairs in a shopping area (Auckland)
20140419 rangitoto tree fern                    That gorgeous tree there in the middle is my favorite, Silver Tree Fern!
We brought back a souvenir made out of its wood, it’s lovely.
hahei beach (cathedral cove)           This is Hahei beach just at Cathedral Cove, we spent the morning sea-kayaking!
Our guide was phenomenal and enthusiastic the whole time. When we      arrived he made us fancy coffee (latte, macchiato, coffee, cappuccino, ect.) or hot       chocolate with cookies during our break.
bigfallher bigfallsgood both of us panoram first waterfall floating going down a fall going down in the falls lost in the falls released into the water slidin waterfallherone waterfallhim zippy zippybigI may have gotten carried away with these pictures but this day was by far the best day in NZ!
Starting at 7am and not finishing til around 5 or 6pm.
This was our canyoning trip in the Sleeping God Canyon.
There was hiking, rappelling/abseiling, zip lining, jumping and a two person team of professionals that made the adventure exciting, doable, and safe. Its a nerve wracking adventure with the heights and loads of water and they were pro! I can’t get over our guides they were stellar! (Russ & Wayne)
http://www.canyonz.co.nz/page/Canyoning_Adventure/
Check out their site!

This is a great picture from their site that gives a different view of our day trip.
We started at the top and went all the way down! 😀
DSC_0097 DSC_0099 DSC_0110 DSC_0134 DSC_0144 DSC_0172 DSC_0182 DSC_0207 DSC_0212 DSC_0214 DSC_0240 DSC_0248 DSC_0274  DSC_0301 DSC_0304 DSC_0305 DSC_0332 DSC_0336I figured this one needs no introduction and no out-roduction either.On the same day as above we also ended up in Rotorura.
This is what we experienced:
DSC_0350 DSC_0354 DSC_0361 DSC_0362 DSC_0365 DSC_0374 DSC_0379 DSC_0384 DSC_0392 DSC_0407 DSC_0422 DSC_0425Te Puia is a Maori cultural center where we experienced a traditional Haka and Poi dance, authentic dinner that had been cooked by geothermally steaming it for hours, the Pohutu geyser at night (they served us hot chocolate), and beautiful native carvings/buildings. We both even participated in the haka/poi dancing. :DI will leave you here in Rotorua and when we come back in a couple days our journey will begin in Tongariro, NZ….
(to be continued)Peace, Love, and Happiness on your life journey,
Kristen

 

 

 

 

 

 

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