Around Auckland

During our 9 months in Auckland we did tons of weekend trips around the area. These are some of our highlights near Auckland
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Mangawhai Cliffs

A day hike along the beautiful Mangawhai Cliffs brought us along beautiful coastlines, basalt columns, and a rock archway.

Te Whara Track

A great coastal track near Whangarei, Te Whara is a challenging hike that leads you up rock spires, through beautiful forests, and through a rock arch!

Anawhata Beach

Anawhata Beach, a secluded beach just a short drive from Auckland in the Waitakere Ranges, wedged between Piha and Bethells Beaches.

Abbey Caves

The free to visit Abbey Caves two hours north of Auckland have glow worms inside, streams over a meter deep, and beautiful countryside just outside.

The Coromandel

We explored the Coromandel Pensinsula, only hours from Auckland.We visited the famous Cathedral Cove, the Hot Water Beach and hiked the Pinnacles Trail.

Scuba Diving Poor Knights Islands

Scuba Diving Poor Knights Islands - We Travel To Live

Coromandel Hikes

A couple of hikes on the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with a lesser known waterfall and the perfect way to relax afterward.

Waitakere Ranges

Waitakere Ranges - We Travel To Live

Whatipu Beach

One of the lesser talked about beaches in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland, Whatipu Beach is home to caves, a lighthouse, and an old volcanic island!

Mercer Bay Caves

The secluded and hard to reach caves at Mercer Bay in the Waitakere Ranges are some of our favorites so far and within an hour drive of Auckland.


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The Mermaid Pools

A beautiful rock pool right on the coast that you have to visit if you find yourself on New Zealand's north island, The Mermaid Pools.

Whatipu Beach

One of the lesser talked about beaches in the Waitakere Ranges near Auckland, Whatipu Beach is home to caves, a lighthouse, and an old volcanic island!

Mercer Bay Caves

The secluded and hard to reach caves at Mercer Bay in the Waitakere Ranges are some of our favorites so far and within an hour drive of Auckland.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Our experience hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing including summit Mount Ngauruhoe and staying in freedom camps before and after.

Putangirua Pinnacles and Cape Palliser

Our road trip after nine months in Auckland got underway with a trip down the east coast of New Zealand's north island, seeing pinnacles, seals, and more!

Cape Reinga

Our visit to the northern Cape Reinga in New Zealand, complete with a lighthouse, huge sand dunes, driving along a poorly named beach, and of course a cave.

Bright Arrow right inside the largest sea cave in the world, Rikoriko Cave, Poor Knights Islands.

Bright Arrow right inside the largest sea cave in the world, Rikoriko Cave, Poor Knights Islands.

Mark this off my list. I rode the roller coaster at New York-New York hotel and casino in Las Vegas Nevada.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino. See the roller coaster in front? We had never ridden on one so we went ahead and rode this at night. It was awesome to see Vegas at night . but you will also be screaming!

Harbor Chioggia , Italy http://www.lj.travel/home.cfm #legendaryjourneys #travel

Harbor Chioggia , Italy, province of Venice , Veneto

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