Tunnel Beach

New Zealand is full of amazing landscapes and hidden oases. This is Tunnel Beach and it is one of those amazing hidden nooks located on the South Island near the town of Dunedin. The tunnel in the name refers to the land arch that has been carved out by the sea, but it could just…

A Journey to Marokopa Falls

When I travel I like to make the most of the time I have in a place. Travel is expensive and time is limited, so planning a trip to maximize the time my wife and I have in a place becomes an obsession leading up to our adventures. That being said, as I grow older…

Waiharakeke Bay

Waiharakeke Bay is one of the many gorgeous beaches my wife and I walked along while hiking the Abel Tasman Coastal Track on New Zealand’s South Island. This spot was very memorable as the storm clouds had started to role in and a faint rainbow appeared in the distance. The fresh water from the mountains flowed…

Volcanic Seashell

Volcanic black beaches are a fascination for me. This one, found in the tiny town of Mokau (north of New Plymouth) of New Zealand, is an especially vibrant shade of black. It has a natural sparkle to it. And then there are these seashells scattered about to give a colorful juxtaposition to the black sand….

Tawhai falls

This beautiful New Zealand waterfall is known as Tawhai Falls. It is found near the resort town of Whakapapa inside Tongariro National Park. This area of New Zealand is better known for its volcanic terrain, but this emerald pool has its own notoriety. Gollum’s Pool Like most famous New Zealand locations, its fame comes from…

Hidden Bay

Seeing this photo makes me stop and think, “Wow!” If you were to look up a photo of “paradise,” wouldn’t this type of image come to mind? A hidden bay, surrounded by lush greenery, with blue ocean spreading out to the horizon, capped off with subtle mountains…a paradise. Jake and I were on Day 4…

Red Sea Anemones

I found these gorgeous cherry-looking Sea Anemones clinging to the rocks on the secluded West End Beach of Ulva Island in New Zealand.  The beach is named West End, because it is the western most beach on the island. (Those European names are so clever and original.) When I came across these sea anemones I wasn’t…

Earland Falls

Earland Falls is a great example of why when we travel we try to get away from the road and into the backcountry. It is beyond gorgeous and at 571′ it is the highest waterfall on New Zealand’s Routeburn Track. We arrived at Earland Falls in the early afternoon, but well ahead of the caravan of hikers that…