Updated: 9/1/2018 | September 1st, 2018 Waitomo is famous for one thing: worms. And not just any ol’ worms but glow worms! Every year thousands of travelers come here to see the famous glow worms that line the ceilings of the nearby caves. The interesting thing about the glow worms is that they aren’t really […]
Even with a favorable exchange rate, New Zealand is an expensive country. If you’re going to backpack here, be prepared to spend your money. That said, I offer some tips in this post on how you can cut expenses in order to make it work on a budget.
It’s easy to get around New Zealand. Buses go everywhere, cars constantly pick up hitchhikers, campervans are easy to rent (and there are lots of rest stops), and backpacker bus tours zigzag around the country. Plus, there are trains and planes. In short, there’s no shortage of transportation options.
Updated: 4/24/2018 | April 24th, 2018 A few hours north of Auckland is the Bay of Islands. It’s a small area where people go to holiday, sail, swim, see dolphins, and relax. The main tourist town is Paihia, though a lot of people go to nearby Russell too. If you’ve ever been to the Cape, […]
Updated: 4/23/2018 | April 23rd, 2018 Traveling around New Zealand, you’ll find a wide range of hostels in this small country: decrepit, run-down chains; modern conglomerates; quirky, little family-owned places; hip, modern flashpacker hostels, and everything in between. And, during my time there, I tried to stay at as many as I could, often changing […]
New Zealand is one of my favorite countries in the world. Everyone will find something to enjoy in this country filled with adventure and wildlife. Here is a list of thirteen places to visit and things to see and do when you travel here next, including practical tips and links to other resources too!
Fiordland is one of the most unbelievably beautiful places to immerse yourself in New Zealand’s incredible nature. Seeing it all by seaplane is a special experience…even if you’re afraid of heights, like me.
Updated: 01/21/2018 | January 21st, 2018 Learning to dive is something I’ve always found excuses to not learn how to do. Something always comes up. I don’t have the money, I don’t have anyone to go with, I’m too busy, I’ll learn when I get to Thailand, etc., etc. The list goes on and on. […]
Updated: 12/23/2017 | December 23rd, 2017 I’ve only been fishing once in my life. It was during an extended stay on the island of Ko Lipe. A few of us had rented a boat to explore the nearby national park and islands. For lunch, our Thai captain went out to catch fish. I was one […]
The Tongariro Crossing is considered the best one day hike in New Zealand. It is a 19.4km hike that takes you through the area where they filmed Mordor in Lord of the Rings. It’s a mostly easy walk, though there are a few places where the ascent and descent is pretty steep. Moreover, if you […]
New Zealand is known for its adventure activities. People come from around the world to white water raft, hike, glacier trek, sky dive, and bungy jump. And one of the best places to do a bungy is in Queenstown, New Zealand. Queenstown is home to a lot of bungy operators, the most famous of which […]
Backpacking the Yasawa Islands in Fiji is a unique experience. It’s not like any backpacking I’ve ever done. I’m not even sure backpacking, with its notions of independent, find your own way travel, is even the right word. Yasawa Island travel is more like an inexpensive organized hop on, hop off tour. Everything is taken […]