I'm back to civilization from a nearly unplugged trip in the ultimately pure and unspoiled southern New Zealand!
Rotorua the steamy city
Lying within a geologically active volcanic zone of New Zealand's North Island, Rotorua could be easily recognized through its smell of rotten eggs and clouds of steam all over the city.
A visit to the Kiwi farm
Ambury regional park is a huge working farm in the southern end of Auckland. It's out of the way but not too remote, rural and restful, and packed with activities to entertain a large group.
Weekend in Coromandel
Imagine this. You lay down on the sandy beach, sun-bathing and breathing in the ocean breeze. Then the tide goes down. You create a little hole out of sand right below your feet and whoops, you have your own hot tub in the open!