Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Tongariro crossing

Our trek to the Tongariro Crossing on New Zealand's North Island was the trek that almost wasn't. Winds were fierce, rains continued to pour down and visibility only seemed to get worse right up to the day before we were set to hike.As night fell, winds began to subside and the rain slowed, but it still didn't look good. We prepared ourselves for the … [Read more...]

Extreme Wine Tasting, New Zealand Style

new zealand wine tasting

This is our on-the-ground introduction to the New Zealand wine scene, focused on the South Island regions of Marlborough, Central Otago, and Nelson. It includes recommended wineries, a wine cottage experience for the romance bucket list, and an insight into how wine tasting in New Zealand can be more frightening than jumping off a bridge. … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Pursue the Precious: A Maori Blessing

Emerald Lakes - Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand

Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koutou me he maunga teitei.Pursue that which is most precious. If you should bow down, let it only be to a lofty mountain -- Maori blessingSometimes in life, we find ourselves fortunate enough to be surrounded by so much beauty that we can feel a bit like we are drowning. … [Read more...]