New Zealand 4 – Trip Re-imagined

Would you do this trip differently knowing what you know now? Tricia asked me on our flight leaving Auckland. I know why she was asking this question. New Zealand was not a cheap trip even during the shoulder season with an unpredictable weather.

New Zealand 3.2 – Tongariro Alpine Crossing

We obviously weren’t going to waste a gorgeous day, but we were staying in Rotorua, which was two and half hours away from Tongariro by car– and it is in the opposite direction to Auckland, where we would catch our flight home the next day. So should we still do it? Of course, you know we were doing it!

New Zealand 3.1 – Caves and Hot springs

Getting to Waitomo Our flight landed in Auckland in the early afternoon and our first task was to pick up our rental car. It took forever for the rental agency shuttle to come around to pick us up from the airport, which was an ominous sign. When we finally arrived to the rental shop, there…

New Zealand 2.2 – Dunedin and Otago Peninsula

We learned about Dunedin (pronounced Dun-E-din) from fellow hikers on Kepler Track. They described a coastal college town with street artist graffiti on the walls of giant warehouses. The image of Valparaiso, a coastal town in central Chile

New Zealand – Part 2.1: Kepler Track

<- Previous | NZ | Next -> Registration A week prior to our flight to New Zealand, I checked the three days weather forecast for Auckland: rain, rain, and rain. Then I checked Queenstown, again it was rain, rain and rain. Since Milford region is known to be among the wettest in New Zealand, I…

New Zealand – Part 1: Trip Plans

For years New Zealand hung out on my list of top three destinations. And for years it stayed unvisited. I think there were two big reasons preventing me from taking this trip…

The Philippines – A Photo Album

My buddy Francis and I took a trip to the Philippines in 2013. This thousand island country was stunning. Since I took the trip a few years back, I am not writing the narrative. I hope you enjoy the photos I post.

Hiking Cordillera Huayhuash Part 2.5: Day 8

I woke up around 7am. It was eerily quiet outside. I remembered that we found an isolated spot to set up camp the previous day and I realized that I had slept almost 16 hours since. I sat up in my sleeping bag to test out my body and it felt surprisingly good. The loperamide I took before bed had worked.