Week 10 Day 63: The Lord of the Rings Tour: Mordor Mt. Doom (Mt. Tongariro), Rivendell (Kaitoke Park), Escape from Nazgul (Mt. Victoria) + W/ bonus features of the Weta Caves, Life in the Windy City Wellington, and our weekend in New Plymouth

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Week 10 Day 63 Wellington 41.2889° S, 174.7772° E This week has been pretty epic!  We’ve hit the Lord of the Rings trail, finding filming locations everywhere we turn–some on purpose, some accidentally.  We’ve visited some amazing towns, our favorite ones in New Zealand so far!  I started work at Bikram Yoga Lower Hutt, and I’ve convinced Tom to do a …

Week 9 Day 55 Hamilton, Rotorua, Te Kuiti, Waitomo Caves, and Taumarunui

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Week 9 Day 55 Taumarunui 38.8833° S, 175.2617° E Tom and I finished our day in Hamilton buying food at the New World Market and heading over to a lake park on Lake Rotoroa in Hamilton to cook and settle in for the night.  We switched up our nightly routine of reading and card playing by watching Lord of the Rings, …

Week 3 Day 19 The Stairway to Heaven

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Week 3 Day 19 Stairway to Heaven 21°23′57″N 157°49′23″W / 21.39917°N 157.82306°W Hello Friends! I know I don’t normally post until Thursday, but Tom and I did an awesome hike on Saturday that I couldn’t wait to share with you! We hiked what is called the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder. This hike can be tough to do as a tourist. …