New Zealand | Glenorchy Part II (and III)

From Wanaka we headed to Glenorchy, our favorite freedom camping site from our 2015 R&R to New Zealand. Since we unexpectedly ended up staying another night on our first trip, this time we planned to camp for two nights, with nothing but the beautiful lake and snow-capped mountains to keep us company.And some wine.

New Zealand | Glacier Country

Franz Josef Glacier.Even though we visited New Zealand for 10 days in 2015, we left a lot of unexplored territory for our recent return trip to the South Island. We were excited to make it to the west coast of the South Island to see New Zealand’s famous glaciers and fjords, starting with the Franz Josef andContinue reading “New Zealand | Glacier Country”

New Zealand | Glenorchy & Queenstown

Lake Tekapo was our second-favorite part of our New Zealand campervan adventure, but Glenorchy was hands-down the highlight of our entire R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. We loved it so much, we changed our original plans so we could stay an extra night.

New Zealand | On the Road

Fur seal at Kaikoura.When we were thinking about a trip to New Zealand a few months ago, I was pretty sure we were going to go the tour company route. Several of our Kabul colleagues had traveled to New Zealand on all-inclusive tours, where the company takes care of everything (excluding flights), including hotels, most meals, entrance fees/tickets and, mostContinue reading “New Zealand | On the Road”

New Zealand | Campervan Adventure

Freedom camping in Glenorchy (South Island).After an awesome five days in Sydney, we embarked on the true highlight of our R&R in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore: 10 days in a campervan, exploring New Zealand’s North and South Islands. We rented the Breeze 2 through Wilderness Motorhomes and would highly recommend them to anyone planning a similar trip to New ZealandContinue reading “New Zealand | Campervan Adventure”

Australia, New Zealand & Singapore | By the Numbers

Kail and I recently returned from an amazing three-week R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore — our fifth and final R&R/RRB from Afghanistan. It was three distinct vacations in one and an amazing experience for which words and photos can’t do it justice, particularly the beauty of New Zealand.