Category New Zealand

Eating My Way Through Auckland

For our last 2 nights in New Zealand we blissfully decided that our domicile of choice would be in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand. They have something like a third of the population there resulting in acronym “JAFA” – Just Another Fucking Aucklander. Really happy to be in a city and around civilization […]

Wellington & the South Island: I Ate Grubs at the Wild Foods Festival

After several consecutive days of nature/outdoorsy shit, I was ready for a city. Fortunately, the next stop was Wellington to catch my first rugby game and hopefully do something that didn’t require me to wear sneakers. We had a only a few hours to explore the city, so we checked out Oriental Bay, so I […]

Taupo and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Due to the fact that when I told people I was leaving I got several monetary gifts from family and friends and awesome tips from customers I’d like to show that your money went to productive things so I’m dubbing some of you sponsors for excursions I may not have otherwise been able to afford. […]

The Maori Experience

Sometimes you have to do the shitty tourist things. Like paying $80 to see Maori’s reenact “an authentic Maori experience.” And seeing as I forewent Hobbittown for about the same price you can see where my priorities lay. Big Maori dudes > little tiny hobbits. Seriously though, the history of the Maori culture is pretty […]

The Bog of Eternal Stench Exists in Rotorua

After nearly getting killed on the yacht, (just kidding) we arrived safe and sound in Rotorua. Unfortunately New Zealand didn’t fare as well, and thanks to me, the North Island has one less road post along the Coromandel highway and one less bird on Route 5. Fortunately, once we got to Rotorua, in order to […]

Sorry Mom, I Went on a Boat with a Stranger in Coromandel

If you haven’t seen movies like Taken, Taken 2, Turistas and Hostel let me sum it up for you briefly. They’re movies you shouldn’t let your mother see the week before you set off on an around the world trip. The moral of the movies is, don’t trust friendly strangers because they’re only out to […]