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New Zealand is a land of adventure regardless of the season. Since moving here five years ago, we’ve grown closer to nature even more thanks to the abundant outdoor activities and the myriad of breathtaking scenery right at our doorstep. One particular location that we’re quite fond of is Tongariro National Park. It’s been deemed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, due to its significance to the Maori culture. The park is home to three volcanoes, Tongariro, Ngaurohoe (a.k.a. Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings trilogy), and

New Zealand’s West Coast, the untamed and pristine side of the South Island. This beautiful region boasts unparalleled panoramic views and countless adventures for those daring enough to challenge its rough terrain and often wild weather. A place definitely worth visiting when in New Zealand, adventure seekers have a few options when looking to explore this part of the country. Below is condensed itinerary based on our actual trip last October 2017. Before packing your bags, please make sure that you do ample research on all the needed safety gear to

Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere) is found in New Zealand’s South Island. It is arguably one of the main attractions in the West Coast. However, the glacier has been retreating since 2008 (another reason to visit this gem sooner rather than later) due to a sharp rise in global temperatures. If you want to see the Franz Josef Glacier up close, you have three options. One, you can walk/ hike to the closest view point as marked by the Department of Conservation. Two, you can fly around

A few weeks ago, we decided to visit the South Island’s West Coast, particularly the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier. We booked a 3-night stay at one of the chalets at Jag Escape Franz Alpine Retreat, which is located at 2 Donovan Drive, State Highway 6, and is approximately a five minute drive to the Franz Josef township. We were welcomed by Keith at the reception, and he provided all the necessary information for our stay. He also gave us a detailed map containing information about Franz Josef and Fox. We were

On a rainy Saturday morning in the middle of spring, we decided to escape the city’s gloomy weather and head north. Our destination; Ascension Wine Estate. This winery, restaurant, and event venue is located along Matakana Road, roughly an hour’s drive north of Auckland Central. The drive to the place was quite pleasant and relaxing, and much to our delight, the grey clouds started to give way to a bright blue sky and heaps of  sunshine as we made our way north. This being our very first time to visit

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