Another experience I will never try to forget, was our hike to Mt. Doom {Lord of the Rings. No? Nerd alert #sorryimnotsorry} also known as the Tongariro Crossing. All jokes aside, this trail took all of our efforts. It took us seven hours from start to finish and, at one point, we found ourselves climbing on a complete upwards vertical angle.

But, even after the pure exhaustion set in, we couldn’t deny that the views were 100% worth it. Continue Reading


Before studying abroad in New Zealand in 2012, I was unprepared for the amount of spontaneous adventures I would embark on.  I am not your typical ‘outdoorsy’ girl. However, something about being in the country of adrenaline filled activities and blood pumping adventures empowered me to channel my inner Bear Grylls. Or at least my tamer version of him.

One of my top experiences in the land of the kiwis was white water rafting in Rotorua. Continue Reading