Taupo, North Island, New Zealand: By now we’ve learned New Zealand is known for its geologic diversity. Craters of the moon is an area just outside Lake Taupo where there’s a ton of geothermal activity. Walking through it was interesting because some of the mud pools, steam vents and eruption craters that we saw on this day didn’t exist a week ago and may move to another part of the park in another week’s time. The shifting landscape was fascinating & haunting.
Martinborough, North Island, New Zealand: We arrived in Wellington to much warmer weather (please let this heat last), and immediately headed up to wine country. Situated in the Wairarapa Region, the 20+ wineries making up the Martinborough growing region are all very unique. We visited Poppies, a lovely boutique winery run by a husband & wife team. The next day we headed to Murdoch James for a vineyard & cellar tour and tasting out on the sunny terrace.
Picton, South Island, New Zealand: After 16 nights on the wild & rugged South Island, we took the Cook Straight ferry over to the North Island. The 3-hour ride was beautiful, passing hundreds of small islands, inlets and bays, and even some dancing dolphins along the way.