• Sunset at the summit on the kayak tour to Rangitoto

    Amazing Sunset Kayak Tour To Rangitoto Island

    Looking for an amazing adventure in Auckland? Take the sunset kayak tour across the bay to Rangitoto Island, an uninhabited volcanic island, hike to its peak, watch the sunset behind the Auckland skyline, and kayak back to Auckland in inky-black darkness. I did this on the last day of my trip in New Zealand and it was amazing. I absolutely loved it! If you do this, make sure to book it early though, as space fills up quickly! Sunset Kayak Tour To Rangitoto The sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island takes about 6-7 hours total. It operates year round, starting at 4 PM in the summer and 2 PM in…

  • On Waiheke Island, the wineries are one of the best places to visit

    Waiheke Island | Places To Visit On This Laid Back Gem

    Waiheke Island makes a great day trip as there are many fanstastic places to visit on this laid-back little gem! Just a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland, you really can’t miss this island when visiting the area. It’s known as the “island of wine” with about 30 wineries and cellar doors, but there are also many great restaurants, wonderful sandy beaches to explore, multiple walks, and some interesting history. The island is full of greenery and rolling hills with amazing views from their vistas, like the view of Rangitoto Island in the photo below and its eastern end was once a volcano that erupted about 15 million years ago. Originally…

  • The Wellington Cable Car is one of the best things to do in Wellington

    The 12 Best Things To Do In Wellington | Cool Little Capital

    Explore the 12 best things to do in Wellington, New Zealand. The country’s capital. Located on the southeastern tip of the North Island, many people stop here for a night to catch the 3.5 hour ferry across Cook Straight to the South Island. While you’re here, discover the best things to see and do, including walking along the waterfront, experiencing some local culture on vibrant Cuba Street, seeing the panoramic views at Mount Victoria Walkway Lookout and the Wellington Cable Car, going on a Lord of the Rings movie tour, visiting the Botanic Garden, and more. Best Things To Do In Wellington Walk Along The Waterfront One of the best…

  • The stunning view from the lookout point of Mount Victoria Walkway.

    Mount Victoria Lookout Walkway | Panoramic Perspective

    The lookout point on Mount Victoria Walkway offers amazing panoramic views across Wellington’s picturesque harbor, the Cook Straight, and the surrounding valley. You can see the dramatic peaks of the Rimutaka Ranges, and on a clear day, possibly even the South Island in the distance. Best of all, this site is free. Plus, if you walk up the hill, you get a great workout too. This post covers Mount Victoria Walkway Lookout Point, how to get there, and what to expect. The Maori name for Mount Victoria is Tangi Te Keo, which means the ‘cry of the peak’ or the ‘cry of the bird’. It is also known as Matairangi.…

  • The 11 Best Things To Do In Christchurch

    Christchurch is one of the biggest cities between popular Queenstown and the northern tip of the South Island, making it an ideal place to stop for a day or two with the long drives involved. Especially if you’re covering both the North and South Islands on your trip. But what exactly is there to do here? This post uncovers the best things to do in Christchurch from seeing the hundreds of vibrant street art murals designed to revitalize the city, exploring its lively, multicultural cafe scene, visiting the peaceful Botanical Gardens, hiking and biking in beautiful landscapes, doing some wine tasting, and possibly even a day trip to go whale…

  • Cloudy Bay is one of the more famous wineries to stop at when wine tasting in Marlborough

    Wine Tasting In Marlborough | A Complete Guide

    Wine tasting in Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine region, is a must-do experience. Nestled in the northeastern part of the South Island, Marlborough’s reputation as a world-class wine destination comes from its exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, which has put this picturesque region on the global wine map. The cool climate and diverse terroir here provides excellent conditions for Sauvignon Blanc grapes. But there’s more here beyond this world-famous white. There’s also Pinot Noir, its second most popular varietal, as well as Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Riesling. There are now also some outstanding craft brews, providing a tasting opportunity here for just about everyone. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or someone who…

  • Top 12 Things To Do In Wanaka | A Scenic Wonderland

    The resort town of Wanaka, with its beautiful blue lakes rimmed with majestic, snow-capped mountains offers many things to do for nature lovers and adventure seekers. This hidden gem, about an hour northeast of Queenstown, is a must-visit on the South Island. It’s less touristy than Queenstown, yet similarly stunning. Set near the mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park, an UNESCO World Heritage area, it has a picturesque and charming town center, a laid-back vibe with friendly locals, and no shortage of opportunities for relaxation and adventure. This post covers the top things to do in Wanaka, from a hike to one of the most instagrammed views in New Zealand,…

  • The Freefall at Skydiving in Wānaka

    Skydiving In Wanaka | Soaring Through Paradise

    Thinking about trying skydiving? New Zealand is an excellent place to do it. Even better, go skydiving in Wanaka on the South Island. You’ll see the rugged Southern Alps and several scenic lakes as you do your freefall, all strapped safely and securely to a professional skydiver. All you need to do is be brave enough to show up and have an adventurous spirit. You don’t need any gear or experience, the scenery is absolutely stunning, and you’ll have a natural high for at least a week! At least I did. This post covers Skydiving in Wanaka, why it’s one of the best places in New Zealand to skydive, how…

  • The saddle at Roy’s Peak Track. You can see Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Mount Aspiring National Park, and the Southern Alps.

    Roy’s Peak Track | A Hidden Gem With Breathtaking Views

    Want to hike one of New Zealand’s most instagram worthy trails? Hike Roy’s Peak Track in Wānaka on the South Island. This trail zigzags up Mount Roy from Wānaka Lake with mesmerizing views of the lake and the surrounding mountains. It’s very challenging, as it’s a 2-3 hour ascent up the side of the mountain, but well-worth it for the views. Especially at its saddle as you can get a photo that looks like you’re standing on a cliff with nothing but mountains and lakes surrounding you. This post covers Roy’s Peak Track, how to get here and what to expect. Roy’s Peak Track Roy’s Peak is one of the…

  • Ben Lomond track summit view including The Remarkables, Lake Wakatipu, and Cecil Peak.

    What To Do In Queenstown | Outdoor Enthusiasts, Thrill-Seekers & Wine Lovers

    Planning to visit stunning Queenstown and want know what the best things to do are? This extraordinary city is considered the adventure capital of the world, with exhilarating options like bungy jumping, skydiving, jet boating, white water rafting, hiking, and much more. Yet it’s more than just an adrenaline-junky paradise, it’s also perfect for those that want to experience the beauty of this unpretentious town surrounded by its majestic mountains and incredibly blue Lake Wakatipu. Plus it’s the gateway to several other epic locations on the South Island, including Milford Sound, 3 of New Zealand’s 10 “Great Walks”, Wānaka, Franz Josef Glacier, Tasman Glacier, and more. It’s no wonder Queenstown…