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Travels with Stray, part IV: Rafting in Rotorua

Whitewater rafting was not something Brian wanted to do. It took some wheedling on my part, but eventually he was on board with Kaitiaki Adventure’s 2-for-1 winter special. I hadn’t done much research on the experience since it is a standard Stray promotion. As such, I knew intellectually we were undertaking class 5 rapids and…

Travels with Stray, part III: The show must go on

Having seen our share of glowworms the prior evening, Brian and I decided to forego caving adventures in Waitomo and instead relax and do a nature hike. Trouble found us a good one that included waterfalls and a cave. That evening, the Trouble Express cruised back across the North Island and pulled into Maketu for…

Travels with Stray, part I: Cape Reinga

It was a wintry August morning in the Ponsonby suburb of Auckland as Brian and I waited for the bus to arrive. We had no idea what to expect. Normally independent travelers, we had been sold on the idea of an organized bus tour of New Zealand by a South Carolinian we met just around…

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