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Waitomo | New Zealand :: Glowing Worms and Naked Rabbits

Waitomo | New Zealand :: Angora Rabbit Shearing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. We were so “touristed out” at this point and were abhorred to find out that the cave exploration cost an upwards of...

Lake Taupo | New Zealand :: Queenstown of the North Island

Lake Taupo is the North Island’s answer to Queenstown in the South, where there are adventure seeker activities galore and a beautiful blue lake for water activities and mountains close by for skiing. We...
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Milford Sound | New Zealand :: Cruising The Sounds

Milford Sound | New Zealand :: Cruising The Sounds from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. On our way back from the 3 day Routeburn trek, we opted for the short “Cruize Milford” boat ride out to...

Queenstown | New Zealand :: Adventure Seeking Capital

Queenstown reminded us a lot of Breckenridge or Vail in Colorado, a cute little ski town yet bursting with activities all year round. Here, other than skiing and hiking, you can go speed jet...

Auckland | New Zealand :: The BIG City In A Small Country

Ahhh, finally, a “big” city and decent highways with limited roundabouts! If we had to live in New Zealand, we would probably live here, along with ¼ of the country’s population. With all the...
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Queenstown | New Zealand :: Hiking The Routeburn Track

If you have not hiked one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, the full experience of what this country has to offer has probably escaped you. The tramping opportunities, as the kiwis call it, are...
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Hiking the Tongariro Pass

Mt Tongariro | New Zealand :: Hiking The Tongariro Alpine Crossing from The Bettendorfs on Vimeo. Although it seems ages since we finished the Routeburn track, our sore and tender muscles feel as though it...
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Abel Tasman National Park | New Zealand :: Kayaking with Seals

The sole reason to visit Abel Tasman National Park, one of New Zealand’s smallest parks, is to kayak and camp on the secluded bays among playful seal pups and penguins. You bet we were excited. ...

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