On Saturday morning I headed out to the farmer's market in downtown Whanganui. Stretching out along the riverfront were various stalls selling local fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts and handmade items, and other fun things to explore. I bought a delicious pastry at one stall featuring ginger, dark chocolate, and whiskey flavors. With my … Continue reading Whanganui Part 2: MV Wairua and Lake Virginia
After spending most of the day before in the car, I wanted to get out and stretch my legs. The city of Whanganui is located on both sides of the Whanganui River right before it flows into the Tasman Sea. After a light breakfast at my AirBnb, I took a long walk on the river's … Continue reading Whanganui Part 1: Castlecliff and Durie Hill
I had only been in the Bay of Islands for a few days but I was eager to move on and explore parts of New Zealand I had not visited before. I had hoped to see Cape Reinga again before I left Northland but the weather was still cloudy and stormy so the long drive … Continue reading Bye, Bye, Bay of Islands
One of the many benefits of renting a car was the ability to wake up in the morning, drink some tea, and choose my own destiny. Or at least the day's destination. On this day I decided to explore a little farther afield from Paihia than I had done on previous trips. My main destination … Continue reading Bay of Islands Part 3: Kawakawa, Glow Worms, and more!
I love Paihia. When I was planning this trip I wanted to spend most of my time visiting new places but no way was I going to fly half-way around the world and not visit this little beach town in Northland, New Zealand. I work in a windowless, soul sucking cubicle and I was hell … Continue reading Bay of Islands Part 2: Paihia to Opua