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Ruakuri Hike in Waitomo, New Zealand

Ruakuri Hike in Waitomo, New Zealand

If you’re looking for free activities for kids around Waitomo, New Zealand, you won’t want to miss the Ruakuri Scenice Reserve! Within a 5 minute drive of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves is the Ruakuri Walk, with parking shared by the neighboring Aranui Cave (a dry cave with guided tours available). The Ruakuri Track is 1 km loop that takes about 45 minutes with easy walking, and is a great place...

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A leisurely stroll in Russell, New Zealand

A leisurely stroll in Russell, New Zealand

Two weeks into our visit to New Zealand, we finally felt well enough to make it out to visit Russell. Formerly known as Kororāreka, it was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. It is situated in the Bay of Islands, in the far north of the North Island.  To get to Russell, you can take a long round-about drive up a peninsula to get there, or you can take a ferry. There are...

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Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Park in Rotorua, New Zealand

Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Park in Rotorua, New Zealand

It was a fresh, crisp morning in early February when we embarked on a walk through Wai-o-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Known as one of the most colorful and diverse geothermal attractions in New Zealand, it was our top pick when selecting where to take our children to appreciate the unique volcanic features in the Rotorua region. Since we happened to be in Rotorua during the Chinese New Year (along with...

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Agrodome – A fun New Zealand Farm Experience for Kids and Adults

Agrodome – A fun New Zealand Farm Experience for Kids and Adults

Are you looking for something different, educational, and entertaining for adults and children while visiting New Zealand? On New Zealand’s North Island lies a gem of a tourist attraction–Agrodome–which is a “unique New Zealand farm experience”. We first enjoyed their hour-long “Farm Show” that introduced 19 breeds of sheep on its large...

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A Family Trip to Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand

A Family Trip to Rainbow Springs in Rotorua, New Zealand

We were excited to visit Rainbow Springs, a 22 acre nature park in Rotorua, New Zealand in mid February. It is home to New Zealand’s largest and most successful kiwi conservation center, where they have released over 1,000 kiwi into the wild since 1995. Upon arriving, we booked a Kiwi Encounter, which was a special tour that took us through their conservation center to show us the impressive...

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Visiting New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves with Kids

Visiting New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves with Kids

One should not visit New Zealand without planning a visit to the famed Glowworm Caves of Waitomo! We met up with our friends, the Pearce’s, who are staying 3 months on the South Island, but had come up North for a passport renewal. We met in Hamilton and then drove to Waitomo in the center of the North Island. This is our 4th country we have met the Pearce’s in, and our kids always have such a great...

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