The Tongariro Crossing is an 11-mile (18km) hike between two active volcanoes, one of which is Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings.
During our third night of the bus tour, we stopped in Maketu for a bit of traditional Maori culture. We were entertained by a family’s music/dance show, and then the guys were invited to learn the Haka dance, while the ladies learned another type of dance. The lack of shirts was mandatory and it’s clear […]
After paying a hefty sum for a bus tour with the STRAY company (new kid on the block to The Kiwi Experience), I almost missed my first departure. Yes, myself and 2 others were waiting in the right spot outside the hostel when time slowly ticked away and after more than an hour, I called […]
Before I start to write about my adventures on the STRAY backpacker bus, I wanted to share a clip from my first few minutes at a hostel in Auckland. I’m sure all my fellow backpackers can relate!
#1 – From Justin: I would come up with a sweet dare for you, except that, like you are soon to feel, my bank account has been poured into a not-too-narrow funnel. But if you pick your nose in front of the Sky Tower, I’ll buy you a beer. Reward: a tasty beer in New […]
I’d wanted to go canyoning since I first learned about it in 2005 while planning a trip to Costa Rica. It consists of maneuvering down a river canyon by combination of hiking, sliding down natural rock chutes, jumping off cliffs and waterfalls, and abseiling (rappelling). The Rough Guide referenced canyons a 40-minute drive west of […]
I spent my last night in Tahiti couchsurfing with Sam, though he actually gave me a spare bedroom to myself. With the open windows all the time, rather large roaches are not uncommon. Sam managed to squash two, and I surely injured a third before going to sleep. I didn’t sleep much though being that […]
I started to recycle again today. I had stopped upon moving into my current studio apartment 4 years ago this month. The kitchen barely had room for a medium garbage can, let alone another bin for recycling plastic and glass. I told myself it’d attract bugs too. I told myself I’m just one person, not […]
I’m posting a second time today to test out the Google map. I wanted to establish a link to what I expect to be my first destination – Auckland, New Zealand. Land of the adventurous, home of the kiwis.