What can I say but that New Zealand has really surprised me. We went to New Zealand as part of our 2018 big family trip. We were in New Zealand for less than 1 week. Because of the timeline, we could really limit ourselves to a few places on the North Island but our family ended up having a blast. The kids especially like the Rotorua fun activities and the Waitomo caves for me were an amazing experience.

Everything was so green. We live in Canada and usually proudly tell everyone that we effectively have the nature as our backyard. But still, the green hills and parks we have in Canada cannot compare to New Zealand. As we were driving from Auckland to Rotorua I commented to Howard just how green it was along the entire highway. Even all the landscape and trees along the 2 hour drive that we did were groomed. Just how much work must that be to maintain it?

In the few days that we were there our family managed to visit:

  • Auckland
  • Rotorua
  • Matamata
  • Waitomo

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton Movie Set Visit New Zealand and not pay homage to Middle Earth?  Not a chance!  After a fun morning of zorbing and racing luges, we left Rotorua and went…

Rotorua Fun Activities

ZorbingThe next day was fun day!  To be honest, we were really pleased by how well behaved the kids were through the trip so far, but we wanted to build…

Leisure Day in Auckland

Taking it easy in AucklandMost of the trip planning research told us that Auckland itself was "just another city" and that the highlights of New Zealand was outside of the…


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