• mount ngauruhoe and kiwi road sign in tongariro national park highway - 10 unmissable experiences in the north island new zealand
    New Zealand,  North Island

    10 Unmissable Experiences In The North Island, New Zealand

    New Zealand’s North Island is a special place. Geothermal wonders; towering, active volcanoes; sparkling, white sand beaches; dense forests… the North Island has a lot of incredible experiences on offer. After travelling around New Zealand for more than two years, I have seen and done a fair number of all the incredible things that New Zealand has to offer. There is no doubt that New Zealand is a fantastic country to visit. And the North Island should in no way be neglected! Many travellers to New Zealand focus their time on the South Island. And while the South Island is very worthy of the popularity it ensues, you should definitely…

  • lauren at waipu caves north island new zealand free glowworm caves
    New Zealand,  North Island,  Northland

    Waipu Caves Glowworms: The Best Free Glowworm Cave In New Zealand

    Waipu Caves are an awesome place to see glowworms for FREE in the North Island. The Waipu Caves are the second place I saw glowworms in New Zealand (after McLaren Falls – another amazing free glowworm location in the North Island). Waipu Caves is the first cave that I saw glowworms inside of in New Zealand. It was a really cool experience to be able to go inside a cave, but to see glowworms in there too was amazing. Having seen so many glowworms since then (including paid tours such as the Waitomo Glowworm Caves*, Ruakuri Caves* and Te Anau Glowworm Caves*) I think that the Waipu Caves are one…

  • mclaren falls park lake in autumn
    Bay Of Plenty,  New Zealand,  North Island

    McLaren Falls Park Glowworm Walk: Free Glowworms Near Tauranga

    McLaren Falls Park is the first place that I ever saw glowworms in New Zealand. I thought it was absolutely magical! Walking along at night by a stream in the bush, I was surrounded by hundreds of glowing blue lights. The stars shining bright above and the sounds of a waterfall just added to the experience. It was a night I will never forget! McLaren Falls Park is a spot well known among the locals in the Tauranga area to see glowworms. It is completely free to see glowworms here and you can enjoy them at your own pace! This post will tell you everything you need to know about…

  • view of boats and houses on hills at the waterfront wellington
    New Zealand,  North Island,  Wellington

    10 Best Free Things To See & Do In Wellington

    In this post, I will share with you the best fun and FREE things to see and do in Wellington, New Zealand. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and is located at the very southern tip of the North Island. Despite being the capital of the country, many travellers to New Zealand do not spend much time in Wellington! In fact, I have heard of travellers omitting it altogether! Many people would seemingly rather visit Auckland than Wellington, perhaps due to its size, fame or international connections. However, I highly recommend giving Wellington a feature in your itinerary! Traveling around New Zealand’s North Island? Check out my top…