North Island, New Zealand
Collected by Vicki Johnson
Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
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....
Cambridge Rd, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
We discovered this tiny, relatively unknown winery in Martinborough and with one taste it became our favorite. Not only is the Dovetail blend spectacular, but when we decided to stay for a while and drink a bottle, the vineyard's owner Lance...
497 Karaka Bay Rd, Karaka Bays, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
One of the best places to get a bite to eat outside the center of Wellington is Scorch O Rama in Scorching Bay. Great food, gorgeous views from the outdoor seating and there is even a small beach for swimming. Not a tourist in sight.
Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
We went to our first "cupping event" which is a tasting event of various roasts of single origin coffee beans. This one took place at People's Coffee in Newtown, one of 13 local coffee roasters in Wellington. You can easily miss their roastery on...
Unit 3 a, Matiatia wharf, Matiatia, 6 Oceanview Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
We originally planned to rent bikes to visit the wineries on Waiheke Island, but due to the threat of rain, we decided to rent a car. Unexpectedly, we ended up with a roadster with bat-wing doors (felt like it would break down at any minute, but...
1 Marmon St, Rawene 0452, New Zealand
This sunrise greeted us outside our budget cabin at the Rawene Holiday Park near Hokianga Harbour. The holiday park was an unexpected gem that includes a pool, views and chalet cabins. In the morning, we took the first car ferry from Rawene to...
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