If you're looking to come to Auckland, the latest eating precinct that's opened up is Wynyard Quarter, know to locals as North Wharf. Just across a walk bridge from the Auckland Viaduct, it also happens to be home of Auckland's seafood festival - yum! With a load of restaurants and bars, al fresco dining in the sunshine, nice views back to the city and a wee bit of people-watching thrown in, it's a great place to spend a cheeky Sunday afternoon.
Waiheke Island is just a 30 minute ferry from Auckland. After a day of wine tasting and beach walks, we woke to an amazing sunrise over Oneroa Bay.
The Banks Peninsula just south of Christchurch is a magical place with rolling hills and long harbors. Really a best kept secret on the South Island.
We were adventuring around the South Island of New Zealand...oooing and ahhing the entire way. During our hike in Abel Tasman we came upon this perfect spot....waterfall flowing, lush vegetation...a bit back off the road...we sat on the higher dry rocks sharing lunch....It felt like we were meant to be there. In that moment there was no place else.
On our voyage to the Bay of Islands we split into two boats for some deep sea fishing. A cooler of beer and clear weather set the scene. Our boat won the competition. We yanked out about thirty red snapper from the Pacific waters!!!
As I turned the bend of the trail, the sight of this massive ancient tree took my breath away. Te Matua Ngahere the 'Father of the Forest', has a trunk over five metres in diameter, believed to be the widest girth of any kauri tree in New Zealand.
This is in Waiotapu, Rotorua, New Zealand. This lake really is that green! There are walking trails here to look at all the thermal activity. I was amazed to see the color of the lake when I turned. It is even brighter than this photograph! I learned that it contains a large amount of arsenic and all the minerals in the lake will dry up a human body very quickly. Some Maori women chose to end their lives by swimming into the lake.
Every road in New Zealand leads to an even more epic landscape than the last. Is there one unsightly area in all of New Zealand? I think not!
Cable cars, Victorian houses, fresh crabs on the waterfront: Wellington, New Zealand, is a Southern Hemisphere City by the Bay. With a harbor at its doorstep, farms to the north, and one of the world’s most active café scenes, this city is well fed. Photo by Alex Efimoff. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.
Kaikoura, New Zealand.
The Te Papa museum combines New Zealand’s dramatic history with its high-tech present. Don’t miss the traditional greenstone and wood carvings or the 60-foot wall of constantly changing images, videos, and words manipulated by remote-control-wielding visitors. 55 Cable St., 64/(0) 4-381-7000. Photo by Sime/Estock Photo. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.
I’m not afraid of heights, but I’ll admit that peering over the ledge into the 100-metre (about 330 feet) decent awaiting me sends me into a bit of a panic attack. I can’t see the bottom of the cave, as a thick layer of mist fills the gaping shaft. Our guide assures me that I can’t fall; that the rope attached to my waist will allow me to control the speed of my decent…but my mind is screaming at me “Are you crazy?! You’re going to die!” It takes everything in me to slide off the ledge and allow myself to hang mid-air over the void.
It takes 30 minutes to reach the bottom of the cave, and once we arrive, I am surrounded by pre-historic rock formations with plants jutting through the crevices and an understanding of how very small I am in this world.
Our guide leads us through various sections of the cave. Sometimes we climb, sometimes we crawl, and other times we tip-toe across small...
Before arriving at Cape Reinga, near the tippy top of the of New Zealand's North Island, I heard about the waters meeting between the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. I did not expect to be able to see the tumultuous relationship between those two waters.
I thought it fitting to take a photo of this sign (with typical koru flourishes) backdropped against the rough waves in the visible background.
Sometimes when you travel, you find places that overwhelm you with peace the minute you step into their space. My husband and I found such a place on one of New Zealand’s most northern shores. New Zealand is a sparsely populated country, especially in the far north, where you can drive for miles without seeing another soul.
After a very cold and wet winter on the south island, my husband and I were desperate for some sunshine and beach time. They say the tip of the north island enjoys an endless summer, so we made our way up the coast and booked into the “Endless Summer Lodge.”
Tucked into a beautiful green hillside, this oasis is not only surrounded by the thick, gorgeous green New Zealand’s known for; it also sits directly across from the beach. The windows on the front of the lodge look out across a vast expanse of ocean with nothing but a couple palm trees interrupting the view.