Ryan Thomas on New Zealand

New Zealand, the place where hobbits, orcs and elves dwell. At least in the movies. In real life, well, at least you can still go on the middle earth tour (minus the elves, dwarves, and hobbits).  We figured the best way to get around New Zealand was a camper van, so that’s exactly what we did. Minus the nausea , the ride was great! Sleep whenever you want, wake up, look out your window, and enjoy the gorgeous scenery that is right in front of your face. Snowy mountains, rows upon rows… Read More

Day 186: Abel Tasman

I’ve long wanted to visit Abel Tasman, located north on the south island.  I’ve heard many wonderful things as well as seen some amazing photos of this area.  Once we arrived though, it was almost overwhelming to choose what to do, as there are so many different treks you can take in this area.  We finally settled on one that we thought would be challenging but not overwhelming for the younger children. The drive to the starting off point (northeast Abel Tasman) was a bit hair-raising, as we were driving in a campervan… Read More

Day 178: Tongariro Photoblog

Tongariro National Park is a fabulous destination and definitely one to put on your list!  There are several short walks, even trails that lead to waterfalls.  And then there’s the more famous “Tongariro Alpine Crossing” which goes from one end of the park to the other, and can take between five to eight hours to complete.  The trails offer stunning vistas and you’ll even recognize areas from the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, as many scenes were filmed here. We were not able to do the complete crossing, so I’ll reserve my comments… Read More