Friday, March 27, 2015

Babymoon 2015 - New Zealand & Tahiti

Ryan found killer flight deals to New Zealand that included a flight to Tahiti with a three-nights stay.. so we knew we had to jump on the opportunity to take one last big trip before baby Cope comes in May!  I am telling you, my husband needs to be a professional travel hacker!! He knows how to get the most flight points/miles for your buck, and find the best deals on travel. Maybe someday I will have him do a guest post and share all of his secrets :)

After the loooonnngg flights to New Zealand from Utah, (4 consecutive flights just to get there) we picked up our rental camper van and hit the road for 4 hours to get to our first destination. We started on the South Island of New Zealand, trying to hit every scenic spot that we had researched. We were only in New Zealand for less than a WEEK.. and we hit BOTH islands. Other tourists thought we were absolutely nuts when we told them that... and we knew we were ;) But we didn't want to leave Ellie at home for too long, and we also couldn't take off too much work. So knowing that it would be a quick trip, we just buckled up and spent a lot of the trip driving, sleeping in our van, and cramming everything into our limited days. We ended up hiking a total of about 40 miles in 4 days, and driving 1,600 miles in less than a week. Go big or go home! Let's just say that this preggo momma was in heaven when we got to Tahiti and were able to relax and do nothing for 3 days. :)

Some super quick recaps of where we went: 
South Island: Hiked some of the Routeburn track, hiked the last few miles of the Milford Sound track, Kayaked in the Milford Sound.. with dolphins and seals!, cliff jumping at a hidden oasis near the Milford Sound, hung out in Queenstown and ate the best burger of our lives (Fergburger), Ryan Bungie jumped over the Kawarau River, and we did the breathtaking hike to see Mt. Cook.
North Island: Visited Hobbiton (naturally), hiked the 12.5 mile hike to "Mount Doom" (Tongariro Crossing), went to the cutest little beach town in Hahei..where we hung out at the beautiful Cathedral Cove, and tubed down the Waitomo Glowworm caves (Unreal). 

We took a TON of pictures and videos...  so I decided to make a video of our trip, rather than posting a billion pictures. But you can check out some pictures that we took on my Instagram and Ryan's Instagram

If anyone is thinking about going to New Zealand... just DO IT! It was absolutely amazing. Such breathtaking scenery and rad vibes there. If you have any questions or want some recommendations, just leave a comment below and I will get back to you! 

P.S. Make sure to click the "HD" button below on the video and watch it full screen :)

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  1. i am all kinds of green with envy!! looks like so so much fun!! glad you got a great escape before babe #2!

  2. Loved it. You two are perfect

  3. oh my goodness! looks like you guys had a blast! so happy for you two, and soon to be four!:) yayyyy!

  4. Cutest vid! Looks like an amazing trip.