As a self-celebration to our recent graduation, Ian (my close friend & three-year college roommate) and I took a trip across the world to explore New Zealand. It was by far the furthest & longest trip that either of us have gone on, and it took us all around the two islands (unfortunately only the tip of the southern island– but we'll be back). Destinations during our trip included Auckland, The Coromandel Peninsula, a four day tramp around Tongariro, New Plymouth, Wellington, Napier, Picton, and Lake Taupo. It spanned climbs up tall mountains, and long falls out of planes. I didn't have any nice camera of sorts for this trip, so everything you see here was taken with my iPhone 5.
A trip to New Zealand wouldn't be complete without a visit to the famous Matamata, more commonly known as Hobbiton.
Our four day tramp of the Tongariro circuit took us 43 kilometers up and around volcanic landscapes, glacial valleys, native beech forest, alpine meadows and emerald coloured lakes.
I showered at the top of this waterfall, above a 50 foot or so drop. Unsure what that may be in meters.
I mentioned sky diving earlier, right? Wildest experience of my life to date.