New Zealand beach and bush — I got the best of both worlds in this spectacular day trip.

A Welly good time complete with Mount Victoria, the Weta Workshop … and a surprise reunion.

A beautiful hike, more turquoise water … and Mount Doom?

I loved everything about this city … except having to leave! Here are a few parting words and photos.

No visit to Rotorua would be complete without attending a Māori cultural event and enjoying a hangi feast!

I go off the beaten path to see the non-touristy things the locals love.

Ever have a desire to visit The Shire? I’ll take you there and back again!