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New Zealand

New Zealand has been on our bucket list for many years

and is without question our new favorite place that we have been on planet earth! Being massive Lord of the Ring fans did not hurt I must admit! I'm probably going to spend too much time talking about Hobbiton in the upcoming paragraphs, so please bear with me! We spent ten days each on both the North and South islands. The following will explore our favorites from both islands. 


Here we go!

Boise Idaho, to San Francisco and then to Honolulu, before the final leg to Auckland NZ. We spent one day in each city before

flying again the next day. It was a great way to break

Hirosaki castle

This was the place we were most excited about to see during this portion of our trip. The cherry blossom festival was just getting underway the day we arrived (April 21, 2019). We decided to take the 30-minute walk to get there rather than take a bus or cab. We always enjoy seeing how the locals live in every area we visit, and what better way to do that then on foot. I really enjoyed seeing the different architecture styles, and even just reading or trying to read the signage on the storefronts. Upon arriving at the castle we were quite pleased that the crowds were quite small, most likely due to our early arrival. Time to take some photos! Squid on a stick anyone?

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