Cathedral Cove

New Zealand Coast: Cathedral Cove

On the eastern coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, about halfway up, is place called Mercury Bay. Before you get to Mercury Bay, you’ll pass Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve, also known as Cathedral Cove. This is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, though in New Zealand, it’s pretty easy to say that … Continue reading

New Chums Beach

New Zealand Coast: New Chums Beach

Now that fall has come to New Zealand, and I’ve had a chance to settle into Christchurch, I’m dreaming of my summer spent visiting North Island beaches. It’s the perfect time to continue my series of beach blog posts while the rain falls outside my hostel window. First up: New Chums Beach! First, let me … Continue reading

Otama Beach

New Zealand Coast: Otama Beach

  Another beautiful beach that is usually empty of people is Otama Beach. Past Kuaotunu Beach and Luke’s Kitchen, drive up a gravel road that twists and turns its way up and down a mountain. It’s worth it for the seclusion of this delicate little beach. One side stretches out for a nice walk with … Continue reading

Kuaotunu Beach

New Zealand Coast: Kuaotunu Beach + Luke’s Kitchen

During the six weeks I spent in the Coromandel Peninsula, a trip to Kuaotunu Beach and Luke’s Kitchen became a weekly tradition. About a 30 to 45 minute drive from Coromandel Town to the other side of the peninsula, up a typical New Zealand gravelly, twisty, mountain road (State Highway 25), there’s an impressive view … Continue reading

Coromandel Town

Six Weeks in Coromandel Town

After Simpsons Beach, I made my way to Coromandel Town, where I had my first WWOOFing gig set up. WWOOFing, for those not in the know, stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farmers or Willing Workers on Organic Farms. In my case, because, to be honest, I’m not much for farm work, I was … Continue reading

Simpsons Beach

New Zealand Coast: Simpsons Beach

On the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula on the North Island of New Zealand, is a beach town called Whitianga in the Mercury Bay. It’s a sweet place, though heavy with tourists in the summertime. Luckily for me, and now for you, I know of another beach right up the road that’s perfect for … Continue reading

Top Ten Things to Do and See in the Coromandel Peninsula

Travel Writing: On The Culture Trip: Top 10 Things to Do and See on the Coromandel Peninsula

Happy holidays everyone! I know what you all wanted for Christmas: a new travel writing piece by yours truly! While I work on my EPIC Coromandel Peninsula blog post (I’m actually going to be breaking it down into a series because it’s way too long to post as-is), here’s a little preview of what I … Continue reading

How I Face Change While Traveling

Travel Writing: On Pink Pangea: How I Face Change While Traveling

I’ve been in New Zealand for almost two full months now, and every day I am fixed with an onslaught of familiar and new circumstances and emotions to adjust to. While traveling provides exciting growing experiences, it can also make you feel like a fish out of water when learning how to navigate a new … Continue reading

Guide for Moving to NZ

Travel Writing: On Paradise of Exiles: A Guide for Moving to New Zealand

While I’ve written before about my process for moving to New Zealand, Chandi Wyant, founder of travel website Paradise of Exiles, encouraged me to distill it into a concise article, offering practical advice for those looking to follow in my footsteps. A great exercise in editing, I present to you, my Guide for Moving to … Continue reading

Hiking Rangitoto

Rangitoto Island, aka “Auckland’s most iconic island”

Unlike Waiheke Island, which, though technically a Maori name, was named incorrectly (read about that here), Rangitoto Island is apparently the real deal. Rangitoto’s name has been translated to mean “the day the blood of Tamatekapua was shed,” relating to a major Maori battle at Islington Bay about 1350. – Rangitoto.org Congratulations, colonists, on using … Continue reading

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