Epic Day

Epic Day

Epic Day- Perhaps our little log cabin had cast a spell on us for everyone slept late and Mike spoiled us all with blueberry pancakes and …

 

Geothermal Fun

Geothermal Fun

Geothermal Fun- Mother Nature has certainly had fun in the area between Mt Maunganui and Lake Taupo!  Our first adventure found us at Okere Falls- a stretch …

 

Mt Maungaunai

Mt Maungaunai

Mt Maungaunai- The kids favorite part of the holiday home in Hahei were the bookshelves overflowing with children and young adult literature. Late at night 1000s …

 

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge

Karangahake Gorge- Promising Lily another visit to Hot Water Beach visit at the end of the day, we drove through the Coromandel Pennisula to the beautifully …

 

Farewell to Waiheke

Farewell to Waiheke

There was a misty rain in the air as we boarded the ferry back to the North Island.  In Auckland we stopped to run a few …

 

Piha

Piha

Piha, known for its international surfing contest and its funky hippy-like atmosphere, is a small town filled with personality. Although the black sand beach and …

 

Sabbath Drive

Sabbath Drive

Sabbath Drive- Somehow Lily woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Occasionally she reminds us that she really is two. She wanted nothing but …

 

The Edge of the World

The Edge of the World

Day 7-The edge of the world – The Ninety Mile Beach is the longest stretch of beach in New Zealand and we loved staying right on …

 

90 Mile Beach

90 Mile Beach

It was easy to fall in love with Tapeka Point. Leaving on the other hand was painful. We couldn’t imagine a better location or better …

 

Vacation Day

Vacation Day

They have been praying for rain in the Bay of Islands as their water tanks are low and they haven’t received the rainfall they were …

 

Sailing

Sailing

Day 4- Sailing One of the pieces of advice we received before we left was the that the best way to see the Bay of Islands …

 

The “Lord of the Forest”, Sandboarding and Heaven on Earth

The “Lord of the Forest”, Sandboarding and Heaven on Earth

Day 3- The “Lord if the Forest”, Sandboarding and Heaven on Earth After our late night rendezvous with the kiwis it was hard to rouse the …

 

Secluded Beaches, Waterfalls & Kiwi Hunting

Secluded Beaches, Waterfalls & Kiwi Hunting

Day 2- Kiwi Hunting I woke up with a start early Monday morning. Had Lily really slept through the night??  I had been prepared to have her …

 

That One Place

That One Place

Why New Zealand? As we have been planning our adventure to New Zealand several people have asked us why New Zealand?   Mike’s Take–In the Fall of 2001, …

 

Dropping In

Dropping In

Last year I walked outside to find Drew standing on his skateboard at the edge of the skatebowl not moving. He stayed poised in that …

 

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Parting is such sweet sorrow– Four years ago when our friend Garin returned home from a work trip to Peru and visited the magical citadel of …

 

Living the Dream

Living the Dream

Huahine For the last two and a half decades Mike has loved to surf and we were confident that we would not leave the islands without …

 

Bora Bora

Bora Bora

I had heard of Bora Bora as a ritzy expensive honeymoon location, but in my ignorance I had assumed it was a part of Tahiti …

 

Tahaa and Raiatea

Tahaa and Raiatea

    Tahaa is a small remote island of 5000 surrounded by incredible coral reefs and little islands called motus.  It and it’s sister island of Raitea …

 

Paradise

Paradise

  Paradise- When Mike told me several months ago that we were going to go on a “Once-in-a-Lifetime cruise in Tahiti with his work friends and their …