It was a whirlwind flight up to Hamilton and an early drive the next morning to the Coromandel to finally do the famed Pinnacles Walk. Leading up to our hike, all of us were expecting superb weather considering what a good summer it has been for New Zealand and to our dismay, it was the complete opposite.

Weather aside, it wasn’t a bad way to spend Christmas. Have a look at the photos, we still had a great time!

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This week’s #RoadTrip series in New Zealand brings us to the southeast coast of the Wairarapa, a region I had never explored previously even though it’s only a two hour drive from where I live.

It was a splendid day to be out and about, with us taking a drive through the valley along the winding coastal road, making stops at a couple of places whose landscape made perfect postcard material.

Oh, we also found ourselves a large seal colony! 

The spontaneous decision to climb up Mount Taranaki over the weekend turned out to be nearly a day’s worth of a challenging adventure, but the euphoria you get while standing at the top and looking at the view beyond?

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It was so worth it!

A great summer activity that you could do in New Zealand is to be outdoors taking a hike, literally. There’s plenty of bush walks or tracks to explore if you drive a short distance out of town, but one of the more popular ones up at North Island is the Tongariro Crossing.

Out of the two occasions I’ve walked this trail, I’ve been extremely lucky both times to get cloudless, sunny weather that showcased just how beautiful the surrounding scenery the walk has to offer.