What we did: We spent our last night in New Zealand back in Auckland, this time in Ponsonby. This neighborhood is very hip, fashionable, and full of amazing food. We stayed at the Ponsonby Manor, a cute bed and breakfast right on the main road. The main street is great to walk and discover local … Continue Reading

When we started planning our New Zealand trip, Waiheke Island was at the top of our list for two reasons: views and vineyards. After the Coromandel, we took the 2pm ferry from Half Moon Bay in South Auckland to the island. The ferry got us there just in time to check in and head out … Continue Reading

What we did: We landed in Auckland, got our Ezi car rental, stayed the night in Drury, then headed to the Coromandel Peninsula and listened to the Breeze the whole way. If you’re into 70s, 80s, and 90s easy listening – that is your station. It was pretty perfect for our meandering, let’s get lost … Continue Reading

Coromandel Day 1 Drive

What we did: This was a necessary travel day but a scenic one. We drove through Arthur’s Pass and on a sunny and chilly day. We got to see a kea! I highly recommend adding an extra hour (minimum) to your travel time to account for scenic stops and travel delays – there were quite … Continue Reading

FRANZ JOSEF What we did: The next morning we headed to glacier country. This was a must for me. I had essentially cancelled and rebooked our entire trip because I decided we could not go that far and not see a glacier before they melt. The Glacier Highway passed over several rivers and the color … Continue Reading

WESTPORT What we did: We were originally going to skip Westport but our lovely host in Tutaki suggested that we might like the seal colony at Cape Foulwind. We drove into town and stopped for lunch at a German cafe, Kathrin’s. We drove through town and saw a resale shop that I wanted to go … Continue Reading

PICTON What we did: This is the ferry landing and we picked up a rental car here. Turns out, this is a pretty small town and our ferry landed so early that we had to wait a few hours to get our rental car. It was also really cold outside and we didn’t have anywhere … Continue Reading

For my 30th birthday, Terry surprised me with a trip to New Zealand for 10 days in November. New Zealand is so overwhelming – in a good way. There are so many things to see and do. In fact, I had a complete trip planned, scrapped it, and started again from scratch. We flew out … Continue Reading

New Zealand Packing Essentials

I’m really getting into food festivals. They’re all the fun of a music festival without the dust and with better food. Terry and I went to Portland for the weekend to attend Portland Feast. This was my first time at a food festival with so many activities and my first time in Oregon. We barely … Continue Reading

Growing up in Boerne, Texas, I always heard about Comfort. This year especially, I’ve been taking out of town guests for an afternoon day trip there. It’s a 15 minute drive to a quiet town with some great finds. This trip, I was the chauffeur for my mom and her high school friend from Philadelphia. … Continue Reading