Las Vegas 

We scoured the Internet for the cheapest deal to get us to Vegas, looking at driving, flying and taking the coach. Eventually I came across a price comparison website for land travel across America called Wanderu, we booked greyhound tickets through here for $19 each which was a significant amount cheaper than flying. If you … More Las Vegas 

Los Angeles 

You could just about make out the Hollywood sign from the left side of the plane as we came in to land. Our flight was just over 9 hours, pretty turbulent but fairly empty. Thankfully no one was sat in front of us so I managed to curl up on 2 seats and get a … More Los Angeles 


We hired a car to enable us to see more of the island, as it’s currently low season car hire is $35pd (currency is NZ dollars, supplemented by a few unique coins). Our first car went back after the engine management light came on and it was making a horrendous noise.     We had already … More Rarotonga 

Rarotonga – First few days on The Cook Islands

We took off from Auckland at 4:20pm on Saturday 30th January. After a 3.5 hour flight we landed in Rarotonga at 8:50pm on Friday January 29th. We are time travellers… Although read on to find out why John preferred January 30th better the first time around.  Your first greeting after landing in The Cook Islands … More Rarotonga – First few days on The Cook Islands


Rotorua is famous in New Zealand for its strong sulphur smell across the city. As you drive closer to the city centre it certainly doesn’t disappoint, the smell of rotting eggs becoming stronger, although strangely you get used to it quite quickly.  We started our day off by taking a trip to the twin streams, … More Rotorua