TRAVEL DATES : October 2015

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I think we should all agree to pick up right now and move to New Zealand together.  It’s the best.  Clean, fresh, healthy, organic, happy, green, adventurous, oh, and B-E-A-UTIFUL!  

We spent our first few weeks on the North Island.  Our first stop was in Lang’s Beach at the most amazing Airbnb.  It was a quarter mile walk to the beach and overlooked acres and acres of rolling green hills with sheep, cows, llamas, and pigs.  This stop was the opposite of Tonga and we just chilled and loved to live in New Zealand.

Our next stop on the North Island was in Rotorua.  We stayed at a wonderful house rental right on Lake Tarawera.  Rotorua has SO much to do...although, it is a bit stinky.  We ended up playing tourist here for a week as we went to the Waikite Hot Springs, Hobbiton, Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and Paradise Springs Wildlife Park.  The cool thing about New Zealand is there is so much to do for every age.  There is a lot we didn’t do because our kids were so young, so we look forward to visiting when our kids are a bit older and can do some more adventurous stuff!

We spent our final 2 weeks in on the South Island in Queenstown at another spectacular Airbnb rental.  Some of our time was out doing epic adventures at the Blue Pools, Milford Sound, Arrowtown, hiking The Remarkables or bungee jumping.  But a lot of our time was also just chilling at parks, walking around downtown Queenstown, and at the local recreation center.  

New Zealand stole my heart.  And we will be back.  

Oh, Jess wrote up a blog post for Bare Foot Travel all about our New Zealand adventures.  Enjoy.

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Happy travels! Sincerely, The Bucket List Family