Monthly Archives: March 2011

KEWL: Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser is known for its beautiful rocky beaches, a lighthouse perched out on the tip, and the many seals who hang out there. I can’t talk about two of these three things with much authority, as we ended up … Continue reading

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KEWL: Waikanae and Paraparaumu Beach

After a quick stop through Whanganui (truthfully, I felt like we should have stayed there the rest of our lives after that terrifying car journey) and then on to Palmerston North (which we were less than impressed by to say … Continue reading

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FML: Whanganui River Road

Lonely Planet has this to say about the Whanganui River Road: “it’s all about the journey, not how fast you get there.” Sounds pleasant enough, right? We needed to get from point A to point B, so why not take … Continue reading

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KEWL: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

When Laurel first read aloud about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, I instantly became discouraged. Honestly, it just sounded too hard, and I really didn’t think I was up for it. However, trying to be a team player (and maybe, just … Continue reading

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KEWL: Huka Falls

While driving along SH1 on the north island, an easy scenic stop is Huka Falls in Wairakei Park. The Falls are the largest on Waikato River which drains Lake Taupo, and although they are not overly impressive in their height, … Continue reading

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KEWL: Rotorua

Laurel has been to New Zealand before, and she gave one definite warning about Rotorua – it smells like poo. That’s because Rotorua, the “Las Vegas of New Zealand,” is a relaxing wonderland of geysers, hot springs and mud pools, … Continue reading

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KEWL: Waitomo Caves

It’s unfortunate that one of the coolest places we went in NZ is a place where we couldn’t take pictures. It was wet, extremely dark, and not flash-friendly. But that’s also why it was so cool. You have to fork … Continue reading

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KEWL: Waiwera

When travelling from Auckland up to the northern part of the North Island (say that four times fast), there is a toll. Luckily, unlike New Jersey, there are ways around the toll. And that way around runs through a small, … Continue reading

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KEWL: Whangarei Falls and Abbey Caves

There is a surplus of pretty waterfalls in New Zealand. Especially when you hit Fiordland in the south island (more on that later) and the Milford Sound (that too), they’re as common as sheep. But the first one we saw … Continue reading

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KEWL: Waipoua Forest

One of our first stops on the road as we headed north was Waipoua Forest. I was playing driver that day, and if you’re comfortable driving in New Zealand, then it’s a drive to remember. If you’re not comfortable driving … Continue reading

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