The largest city in New Zealand, Auckland is located on the North Island of the country. It is a must-visit city, and it is also the perfect base for exploring the natural wonders of the area. With beautiful national parks, glacier trekking, and endless extreme sports, New Zealand is a place like no other. While…

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, Martha’s Vineyard, Byron Bay, or any…

New Zealand. The land of Middle Earth, Great Walks, kiwis, backpackers, adventure sports, delicious wine and pristine wine regions. And a land that sucks all your money from your wallet like a giant vacuum. I first visited New Zealand eight years ago. The country was so much more expensive than I thought it would be.…

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 hostels every night to accomplish this…

“How do you do on boats?” “I love ’em,” I said gripping the seat of the plane tightly. “Well, just picture turbulence as waves you can’t see,” the pilot said with a laugh. “I know turbulence can’t take down a plane, but that doesn’t make this any more comfortable.” The plane was jolted as we…