A Guide to Napier, New Zealand

Napier is a small coastal city on the North Island of New Zealand. It’s part of the larger Hawke’s Bay region, along with the city of Hastings. Napier is known for a few things: Art Deco, nature, and wine. After the Hawke’s Bay Earthquake of 1931, the city was largely rebuilt in the Art Deco… Continue reading A Guide to Napier, New Zealand

6 Free Things to Do in Rotorua

Rotorua is one of the biggest tourist destinations in New Zealand, attracting around 3 million visitors every year. You’ll find all sorts of attractions, including geothermal and natural wonders, crazy adventure activities, and cultural entertainment. Plus, if you’re looking for free things to do in Rotorua, you’re in luck! As in any major tourist area,… Continue reading 6 Free Things to Do in Rotorua

City Gallery // Wellington, NZ

The City Gallery is a small art gallery in Wellington, showcasing contemporary visual art in a free and public space. Rotating exhibits feature local, national, and international artists, and art in all mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, and audio/visual. During my visit to the City Gallery, two main exhibitions were on; Francis Upritchard: Jealous Saboteurs… Continue reading City Gallery // Wellington, NZ

A Quick Guide to Taupo, NZ (in the Off-Season)

Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake, located in the center of the country’s North Island. Taupo is the main tourist town, situated on the northwestern shores of Lake Taupo. Taupo is a popular tourist destination in the summer, known for its abundance of outdoor, adventure, and water activities. People flock to the lake to… Continue reading A Quick Guide to Taupo, NZ (in the Off-Season)

Sunken Gardens // Napier, NZ

As you walk along Marine Parade in Napier, New Zealand, you’ll see many things: art deco buildings, crashing waves, the National Aquarium, a skate park, and lots of sculptures and  landscape art. One thing you might miss if you’re not looking is the Sunken Gardens. While the gardens aren’t hidden, they are sunken–they are set… Continue reading Sunken Gardens // Napier, NZ

Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Wonderland

If you go to New Zealand for any length of time, you will at some point hear about its position as one of the major geothermal areas in the world. In Rotorua, you will hear about it (and see it) everywhere you go. You will also smell it. A visit to a museum or geothermal… Continue reading Wai-O-Tapu: New Zealand’s Geothermal Wonderland

Rotorua Redwoods: A Redwood Forest in New Zealand

A redwood forest in New Zealand? Yes, you read that right! There is an actual Redwood forest in New Zealand. Located in Rotorua, the Whakarewarewa Forest contains real California Redwoods. Planted in the forest in the early 1900s (along with over 100 other tree varieties), the California Redwoods are one of the biggest draws of… Continue reading Rotorua Redwoods: A Redwood Forest in New Zealand

Hot Water Beach, New Zealand // Photo Diary

If you want more personal travel stories, essays, and behind-the-scenes updates, subscribe to the Travel Daze Dispatch Newsletter for exclusive stories that you won’t see on the blog. I came to Hot Water Beach primarily to work. When I first arrived in New Zealand on March 17, I spent a couple of weeks roaming around,… Continue reading Hot Water Beach, New Zealand // Photo Diary

Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is the most popular attraction in Hahei, and one of the most popular places on the Coromandel Peninsula. Tourists flock here by foot, kayak, tour boat, or water taxi to see the stunning scenery and rock formations. During high tide, water infiltrates the “Cathedral”, but during low tide you can walk through to… Continue reading Visiting New Zealand’s Cathedral Cove

Paihia & the Bay of Islands

If you want more personal travel stories, essays, and pieces like this, subscribe to the Travel Daze Dispatch Newsletter for exclusive stories that you won’t see on the blog. I loved Paihia. It was a beautiful little town. It was laid-back and relaxed. It was quiet and simple. Everyone seemed happy. The hostel I stayed… Continue reading Paihia & the Bay of Islands