Photo Post – New Zealand’s Magical Sights

After Australia's coasts and the outback, New Zealand's landscapes were quite the change of scenery. New Zealand packs a lot of variety and magic into its size, and I had a lot to photograph. Here are the shots that I think best do it justice, although of course it can't replace being there in person. …

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Auckland (& more)

Day 48: Ben nerds out Our last stop in New Zealand was Auckland, but first, a visit to Hobbiton along the way. For those of you who are not Lord of the Rings fans, Hobbiton was one of many filming locations for the LOTR and Hobbit movies. Now that the movies have been completed, they’ve …

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Rotorua: the stinkiest place ever

Our New Zealand adventures continue: Day 44: What on earth is that smell? The second leg of our flight to Rotorua left Wellington at 7am, so it was an early morning 😫 Once we did make it to the airport, yet again we never had our IDs checked...so strange! Oh well. At least Ben had fun …

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We’ve gone to the Land Down Under

When we were planning all of these travels, we were torn between heading towards Asia vs. Oceania after Hawaii, since both routes were plausible. After researching flight prices, best routes, and weather patterns (i.e. avoiding monsoon season in Asia), we decided Oceania should go first. Yes, we recognized this meant we would be going to …

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