Christchurch & Akaroa

The next stop on our South Island tour was Christchurch, the largest city on the island. After making the drive from Kaikoura, the first order of business was to find a playground where the kids could get some physical activity.  Near the center of town is the Margaret Mahy Playground, which is supposedly the largest Read More …

Kayaking (and More) in Kaikoura!

Following our visit to Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, we caught the Bluebridge ferry across the Cook Straight to the South Island. The scenery along our cruise was quite beautiful, especially as we approached the port of Picton. Upon arrival in Picton we drove off the ferry and headed to a nearby hostel where Read More …

Steamy Times in Rotorua

Spending a few days in Auckland provided a great introduction to New Zealand, and we were ready to see more. Leaving New Zealand’s biggest city, we journeyed southward in our rental car (a Rav 4) towards Rotorua, our second stop in the “Land of the Long White Cloud”. Redwoods Treewalk After European settlement of New Read More …