Cape Reinga

Visiting the northernmost part of New Zealand’s North Island had been on our to do list for a while, so last weekend we headed up to the top of the country, Cape Reinga. We drove about half way from Auckland on Friday night and stayed at a nice campsite in Kaikohe, not far from the […]

Whatipu Beach

Having explored a good chunk of the Waitakere Ranges west of Auckland, we noticed a spot on the map that we hadn’t been or heard about. When Sissy researched a bit more she found that Whatipu Beach, the southern point in the Waitakere area, is home to a group of caves and of is another […]

Coromandel Hikes

Wires Track

Collins Drive Loop Collins Drive Walkway is part of the Broken Hills Tracks on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island. The walkway passes through multiple short rock tunnels, past a nice waterfall, and as the highlight leads through a 500 meter long abandoned gold mine. An hour and a half drive from […]

Te Whara Track

Te Whara Track

Over our numerous trips to the Northland above Auckland we had always noticed a rocky peninsula with rock spires jutting straight up into the air as we headed up. Sissy and I had commented that we needed to try to climb up onto the rocks someday since they looked so dramatic and imposing from far […]