Today I turned 27 and not only was it the best birthday of my life but it might have been the best day of my life. I don’t think I have ever been anywhere so beautiful as where we went today. But for starters… Because the rugby players came in today Caroline decided to give … More Happiness


It’s been a hectic two days since we last checked in but I’m glad for it because it looks like the heavy, day ruining rain has finally caught up with us. It was a bit of a struggle to get here however. The bus company we booked with (Nakedbus, which we heard nothing but horror … More Rotorua

Haruru Falls

Yesterday morning we woke up starving. We had spent the night out making friends with some Brits at the local pub and had forgotten all about dinner. We still have been waking up relatively early, around 5:30 or 6:00 which is nice because we get all the facilities to ourselves and we didn’t have to … More Haruru Falls


Today we headed out of the big city for Paihia, a lovely little beach town on the Bay of Islands. Though it was nearly a four hour bus ride north, it did little in the way of bumping up the temperature. But it didn’t rain, and that’s a start. The bus we took was Nakedbus … More Paihia

Rangitoto Island

Before arriving in New Zealand we read many an article on New Zealand’s weather. We read that the weather changes rapidly, dress in layers, be prepared for all four seasons in one day! And we thought.. we are from Ohio, we know what that’t about. We were so wrong. Periods of beautiful sunshine and late … More Rangitoto Island