Milford Sound Tour

road to Milford Sound

Milford Sound AND the drive to get there was a great way to end our trip to New Zealand.  Our day tour to Milford Sound with Real Journeys started with a three-hour bus ride. That was an amazing trip in itself. Lots of mountains, valleys, rivers, and one really long tunnel that’s one way at … Read more

Doubtful Sound Tour

Doubtful Sound

We researched whether to do Doubtful Sound or Milford Sound and in the end, we did both. They are each majestic in their own way.  Our tour with Real Journeys started at 7:00 AM. We had a 20-minute bus ride to our first stop, where we got on a boat to take a 45-minute ride … Read more

Te Anau and Queenstown

Lake Te Anau

Te Anau and Queenstown are both gateway communities to Fiordland. Te Anau is smaller and quieter, and closer to Doubtful and Milford Sounds; Queenstown is larger, busier, and has other adventure activities.  Day 1: Dunedin to Te Anau Our bus wasn’t until 2:00 pm, so we did some souvenir shopping and bought possum fur socks. … Read more

Natures Wonders Tour

Otago peninsula

This tour was THE reason we came to Dunedin: To see penguins in the wild. And we did.  We were the only two guests. We got a lot of local color onto the way there and detoured to check out some sea inlets. We also saw royal albatrosses flying. They’re the largest flying birds. Our … Read more

Dunedin and Christchurch

Dunedin was a pleasant surprise. We came here for the Otago peninsula and found the city itself enjoyable too.  Day 1: Christchurch to Dunedin We got from Nelson to Christchurch via bus and the TranzAlpine scenic train. The train arrives too late to get to Dunedin that same night so we spent the night in … Read more



The TranzAlpine train journey was one our must-dos in New Zealand. It runs between Christchurch on the east coast and Greymouth on the west coast. We took the bus from Nelson to Greymouth, and the TranzAlpine scenic train from there to Christchurch. The bus ride was just a bus ride, but also quite scenic. We … Read more

Abel Tasman National Park


We did a section of the Abel Tasman track. It’s one of the easier and more accessible of New Zealand’s Great Walks. And the area is known for good weather.  We booked a tour through the backpackers where we’re staying. It included an hour bus trip to get us to the park, a half-hour water … Read more

WOW Museum

wearable art and cars

WOW stands for World of WearableArt. The WOW Museum held wearable art winners of an annual international contest here in New Zealand. It also had a lot of fabulous classic cars. Since I like fashion and Steve likes old cars stopping here was a no brainer for us. We took the bus there and back. … Read more



Nelson is pleasant town close to Abel Tasman park and with a (now closed) interesting museum. Day 1: Wellington to Nelson and a WOW Museum We flew from Wellington on the south end of the north island, to Nelson on the north end of the south island. Got it?? We went through NO airport security. … Read more



Zealandia is an urban ecosanctuary just outside Wellington and a great place to walk. We got there by taking the Wellington Cable Car up the hill then picking up the free shuttle.  New Zealand didn’t have any mammals other than a few bats until humans arrived 800 years ago. First the Maoris, then the Europeans. … Read more