Ahhhhhhhh, New Zealand. *Insert large sigh, and enchanted expression here* Chris and I have talked about going back to New Zealand again sometime in the nearish future. It’s definitely at the top of the list of my favorite places I’ve been. The climate, plants and animals are diverse, the people are friendly, welcoming, and laid back, and of course…it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL there! I hope you enjoy my pics, we spent one week on the North Island, and a week on the South Island. We only booked a couple of hotel stays in advance, when we knew we would be in a major city for more than one day. (In this case, Chris was in the Single Speed World Championships in Rotorua). The rest of the time we would hop online at internet cafes, read reviews on TripAdvisor.com, and plan out our next day of travel and where to stay for the following night. We found a couple of really awesome B&Bs this way. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, with really welcoming hosts. Last minute planning was only stressful on one night that I remember, where we almost couldn’t find a place (but we eventually did!!), and the rest of the time was no sweat. Chris and I really prefer to travel this way, with less advance planning and regimen, and more exploration and flexibility once we get there. It’s not for everyone, but that’s just how we roll!