The Complete New Zealand South Island Road Trip Guide
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The Complete New Zealand South Island Road Trip Guide

The South Island was made for road trips. It has glaciers, fjords, volcanoes, vineyards, Lord of the Ring forests, impeccable roads, and very few people sharing it. With only one million inhabitants in a landmass the size of New York State, the South Island feels largely untouched and the ultimate place to connect with nature…

The Great New Zealand Campervan Adventure Begins!
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The Great New Zealand Campervan Adventure Begins!

Imagine arriving to the shore of a glacial lake, surrounded by yellow poplar trees and snow-capped mountains and saying, “We’re home.” This my friends, is campervanning in New Zealand, where each night you stop at an absurdly gorgeous place, make a home-cooked meal, open a bottle of Marlborough wine, and then wake up to a…

Eastbound on the Northwest of the South Island
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Eastbound on the Northwest of the South Island

The road snakes around the northwest coast, heading from one jaw-dropping National Park to the next in New Zealand’s South Island. Rich with gold and coal, the area drew fearless miners through the mountains to these shore in the late 1800s. The miners have long since left and seals, albatrosses, and parakeets seem in greater…

Refueling in Wine Country: Marlborough, New Zealand
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Refueling in Wine Country: Marlborough, New Zealand

The phone rings…”Annie, the grapes are ready to pick! If you and Mike want to catch the harvest, come to Marlborough ASAP.” It was Joanne and Bruce Kerner on the line, our family friends that followed their dream to start a vineyard in New Zealand. Ever since Kerner Estate opened in 2000, I’ve been dying…

The World’s Best Day Hike
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The World’s Best Day Hike

Recognized as not just one of the best day-hikes in New Zealand but in the world, Tongariro Alpine Crossing is 19.4 kilometers of jaw-dropping and heart-racing terrain. Remember Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings? Peter Jackson’s inspiration for the fiery volcano was none other than Mount Ngauruhoe—one of the three highly active volcanoes that…