An Epic New Zealand Road Trip

An Epic New Zealand Road Trip

New Zealand is one of those places I’ve always wanted to go back to. During my semester abroad, some university friends and I decided to use our spring break to road trip around New Zealand’s South Island. However, this happened to coincide with Casey studying abroad in Spain and so, unfortunately, she was not able to join me and only hears the rambling stories of my trip. In anticipation of taking her there someday, I’m planning ahead and putting an epic road trip itinerary down on paper. Here is my future New Zealand Road Trip itinerary.   Fly into Christchurch New Zealand, especially the South Island is quite remote and you’ll want the freedom to go and do as you please when you please. For this reason, you’ll want to rent a car in Christchurch. When I took my road trip the first time around we opted for the small economy size car but when traveling this time around I would recommend upgrading to an intermediate which you can get for under $150 for 10 days. Some important things to remember are New Zealand drives on the left side of the road with the driver’s seat on the right. Also, roads can be very curvy and, in accordance with the stereotype, there are a lot of sheep which sometimes make their way onto the roads. So try to avoid driving at night if you don’t have to.   Drive Arthur’s Pass This gorgeous scenic drive is the perfect way to start off your New Zealand road trip. You’ll climb more than 900 meters passing through tunnels, over stunning bridges...
New Zealand Love

New Zealand Love

This post was last updated on September 24th, 2014In the aftermath of the New Zealand earthquake and the effects it has had on the county’s tourism, travel bloggers have united to post articles about this beautiful country. It is an effort to show that New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit, and now is a great time! It has taken over twitter with the trend #Blog4NZ, and there is a great article detailing the movement at 100% Pure New Zealand My road trip across New Zealand was one of the most life changing trips I have ever taken, so I decided to join in the movement and show support for these gorgeous islands.  I already blogged about the trip once in a post entitled The Best Way to See New Zealand, but below are a few of my favorite snapshots from the trip.  I hope they inspire you to visit one day! So there you have it. New Zealand at its finest. But don’t take my word for it, go ahead and see for yourself. This country was formed for the enjoyment of your eyeballs. The entire island is never ending dramatic seascapes rolling into green and golden hills dwarfed by towering mountains. Grab your cape and walking stick for a Lord of the Rings tour or cater your own trip but however you do it you won’t regret it. If you’ve ever been leave us a comment and let us know how it went! We’d love to hear your story...

The Best Way to See New Zealand

This post was last updated on August 28th, 2015By Dan If you read the About Us page you might recall that my favorite expedition was a road trip through the beautiful countryside of New Zealand. I want to use this post to tell you a little bit about how awesome it was and maybe convince you to check it out if you are ever in the area. The trip starts off with two friends (we’ll call them Doug and Chad) I had met through studying abroad at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. We had met earlier in the year and quickly decided that since we were so close to New Zealand we would have to plan some kind of trip to see what it was all about. If you don’t know me, I like to be semi-organized when it comes to traveling. Casey is always more than willing to hop on the next plane to anywhere, which makes for some really awesome adventures, but I like to have my travel plans a little more structured. So I set out a loose itinerary just to make sure we could hit all the key spots: pancake rocks near Greymouth, Franz Josef glacier, Mount Cook, Wanaka, Queenstown, and Christchurch.  Of course I included plenty of time on the side for mischief. Nelson was our first destination for the trip and we fell in love with this city right away. The Nelson Tasman region is a living canvas for one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful masterpieces. With gorgeous beaches, stunning shorelines, lush forests and incredible mountains – it’s a nature lover’s paradise. Nelson has...