New Zealand, South Pacific

South Pacific Part 11: Last stop – Queenstown & Glenorchy

Our last stop of our 2 weeks New Zealand adventure: Queenstown ūüôā We took the¬†Crown Range Rd again to get back to Queenstown from Wanaka and what a huge difference it made on a sunny vs cloudy day! It was so foggy that we couldn’t see the mountains and lake on the background: We reached… Read More South Pacific Part 11: Last stop – Queenstown & Glenorchy

New Zealand, South Pacific

South Pacific Part 7: Stargazing at Lake Tekapo and 3 Hours Hike Mount Cook

With less than 4 hours of sleep to catch our early morning flight at 7:10 AM to Queenstown arrived at 9:00 AM, we were tired but once we stepped out the airport, the fresh mountain air woke us up! We gave Apex Car Rental a call and they sent their shuttle over to pick us… Read More South Pacific Part 7: Stargazing at Lake Tekapo and 3 Hours Hike Mount Cook

New Zealand, South Pacific

South Pacific Part 6: Colorful Geothermal Valley of Rotorua

Our first “real” New Zealand adventure started with a side trip from Auckland to the colorful geothermal valley of Rotorua. Early in the morning, we checked out the hotel and paid our $30 NZD internet bill for 2 days (yikes) and lugged our luggage up the hill to Europcar. The office just opened but a… Read More South Pacific Part 6: Colorful Geothermal Valley of Rotorua

New Zealand, South Pacific

South Pacific Part 5: A Visit to A Great Friend in Auckland

New Zealand, we finally made it here…the furthest country in our 5 years of travel and probably the furthermost in terms of distance from Boston! In the flight we were given an immigration plus a declaration form…it was the longest form ever with specific questions! New Zealand has strict bio-security laws on what you can’t… Read More South Pacific Part 5: A Visit to A Great Friend in Auckland

Cook Islands, French Polynesia, New Zealand, South Pacific, Travel Tips

Points and Miles (mostly) to New Zealand!

Remember my last year’s amazing trip to the French Polynesia – Moorea and Bora Bora? We fell in love with the South Pacific ever since and I must warn you once you have your foot set¬†into the South Pacific, you’ll be no longer interested in Caribbean islands! When you see postcard perfect photos of Caribbean… Read More Points and Miles (mostly) to New Zealand!

Cook Islands, New Zealand, South Pacific

New Year Started with a Journey to New Zealand

Belated, Happy New Year to you all! Over the Christmas to New Year 2016, we took a 3 weeks vacation to the furthest place we could possibly reached by flight using miles – New Zealand! Our journey routing was quite not the ordinary…instead of going straight to New Zealand, we started with Tahiti, French Polynesia… Read More New Year Started with a Journey to New Zealand