Tag Archives | New Zealand

#FriFotos: Trees

This week, I’m co-hosting the #FriFotos Twitter Event with @EpsteinTravels, @CharlesYap, @TravelDesigned and @lindsey_epperly. The theme? TREES! Here are my favorite tree photos… enjoy!                    

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#FriFotos: Harbors

This week’s #FriFotos theme on Twitter is Harbors! I’ve always been drawn to the water, and harbors are particularly alluring since they often appear unexpectedly in the midst of urban activity. Here are some of my favorites from my various travels…                

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#FriFotos: Windows

I’ve always loved photographing windows. The structure, the architecture… the promise of what view lies outside it. Something about them always has enticed me to whip out my camera and snap a quick shot. And sometimes, it isn’t even the actual window itself, per se, but the way a reflection bounces off of the glassy surface […]

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Mt. Tongariro’s Erupting… part 2

I was going through my old videos, and found this one from my Tongariro Crossing hike in 2009. You can see the volcanic activity that I mentioned earlier this week was evident.

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Mt. Tongariro’s Erupting

Nearly 4 years ago, I hiked the Tongariro Crossing on New Zealand’s North Island. Rugged and steep and notoriously treacherous, it was by far the most difficult hike I’d ever completed at that time. But the effort was worth it — it was gorgeous. I was really amazed by the otherworldly landscape that unfolded at […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Top Moments from New Zealand

This week, I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite moments from when I was in New Zealand. Looking back, I sure did cram a lot of uber-adventurous activities within the month I was there. Enjoy!!                      

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My 7 Links (a 100 post milestone!)

This week, PackedSuitcase.com reached 100 posts. Hurray! It’s a huge milestone and I’ve been planning a celebration of sorts to look back at a few of my favorite posts. Serendipitously, Katie at Tripbase has recently initiated a fun challenge called My 7 Links. The gist is that nominated bloggers pick out worthy posts from our archives […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Waiheke Island, New Zealand

Auckland is the top gateway city for visitors arriving in New Zealand. For those looking to get out of the city and have a unique day trip before moving on to further explore this incredible country, why not head out on a brief ferry ride to picturesque Waiheke Island, full of wineries, beaches and spectacularly […]

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Snapshot of the Week: Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown. How fitting is it that New Zealand’s adventure capital is also one of the most pristine, most simply beautiful cities in their country? Well worth a stop on any South Island trip, take the gondola high up to the scenic overlook, spend the afternoon reading in the Queenstown gardens, try a Fergberger. Just enjoy […]

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New Zealand: 5 Amazingly Scenic Adventures

Adventure tourism is an ever-expanding industry, and today roughly 20% of all adult travelers are considered adventure tourists. However, most travelers don’t want adventure merely for adventure’s sake. Instead, today’s savvy jetsetters want to combine an exciting experience organically with the beauty and local flavor of a location. If you’re looking for the best of […]

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