Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand: A Perfect Beach for a Picnic [360-Degree Panorama]

abel tasman

Confession time. This week's panorama is really for us. We've been enduring the tail end of a long winter in Berlin. (Yes, it's still going!).Gazing at beach scenes like this one offers a respite, a way to escape to New Zealand for a few moments to forget the lingering snow on the ground outside. We, too, travel vicariously -- even back to the places we've … [Read more...]

New Zealand North Island: Don’t Sell It Short

"Get amongst it!" - Audrey grabs a bit of junglelicious New Zealand rainforest

This is a story about living in someone else's shadow. It's also the beginning of our answer to the question: New Zealand, North Island or South Island?Imagine a geeky younger boy who grows up in the shadow of his brother, the all-star. The big brother gets all the attention, all the fame. But it's the younger brother with whom you develop a special relationship, … [Read more...]

The Evolution of a Nomad (or, Why Berlin?)

Berlin street art

This is a story about life shaping…and a thank you to the people who have helped make it possible.A few days ago we returned to Berlin from a month in New Zealand. Something was different. Really different. Traveling for a month is not particularly unusual for us, but the fact that we had keys to an apartment, one where our names were on the buzzer, certainly … [Read more...]

Hiking Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Franz Josef glacier

One minute, you're in the center of the town of Franz Josef, a cafe on one side of you, a pizzeria on the other. Then, within minutes, you are transported to another world. Your helicopter pops up into the air, through jagged mountain crags, just before dropping you into the heart of a glacier, an otherworldly ice field of turquoise blues and glowing whites.This … [Read more...]

Bay of Islands from Above, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

bay of islands

Perspective. There are times to sit and relax on a white sand beach and enjoy the proximity of the crashing waves. And then there are times to climb up to get up above it all.Waewaetorea Island is one of those times to take the climb. From the top you get a 360-degree view of around 35 islands that make up the Bay of Islands in the North Island.Open the … [Read more...]

A Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine’s Day [VIDEO]

Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine's Day - Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, New Zealand

I am starting to wonder about you guys. every time you celebrate your 'love' (V-day, anniversary) you jump off something very high. Please explain. -- A good friend responds to our Valentine’s Day bungy jump, capturing a little problem we seem to have.So there we were in New Zealand, Valentine’s Day approaching. We find ourselves in Queenstown, the so-called … [Read more...]