My Life in New Zealand

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El Capitan Canyon, California Accommodation

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We stayed in some pretty unique places on our California Road Trip, but I would have to say El Capital Canyon was a pretty special place! This campground resort offers all types of accommodation options – from tents to cabins to luxury yurts – you are sure to find something that suits your style. Located just outside of Santa Barbra, we found this site a great place to break up the drive from San Francisco back to Santa Monica.

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Muir Woods, California

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Before heading back down South we decided to take a little detour and visit the Muir Woods for the afternoon. Living in New Zealand the Muir woods were a bit of a disappointment due to the massive amount of tourists to the area. I am sure if I had more time to explore and ‘get lost’ a bit I would have been able to get away from the crowds but we were on a tight timeline.

Ignoring the people and looking up was just the ticket – those Redwoods were impressive!

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San Francisco, California

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We made it to San Francisco – the turning point for our sibling road trip in California! San Francisco was amazing … beaches, city life, and hipster neighborhoods. We loved exploring the city in a quick 24 hours – needless to say we will be back for more exploring!

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Santa Cruz, California

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Next stop on our California Road Trip was Santa Cruz – a quirky surf town filled with summer tourist there to enjoy the sun. To be honest, Santa Cruz wasn’t my favorite. I had high expectations and even went into the visit with the potential to fall in love with the city and want to move. However the city had a dirty vibe and was filled with tourists!

That being said, I think we did find the good – we went for a few rides in the amusement park and walked around downtown area. My brother had the best time of us all as he went for a great surfing adventure!

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Santa Barbara AM , California

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After a jam packed Friday spent in Santa Monica, including an evening hike up Runyon Canyon to see a foggy Hollywood Sign, we sipped some coffee and ate a big America breakfast then hit the road to Santa Barbara. After doing a bit of research I realized that we were going to catch the Saturday local farmers market located right off State Street. Lucky us! Post farmers market stroll we walked around town, taking in the sights and stopping along the way to discover what was around.

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Santa Monica, California

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About 4 months ago – when I was still in the planning process of my trip back home to America – we decided to organize a sibling roadtrip. The three of us had never explored California and it seemed like the best opportunity to spend time together and see new places!

Santa Monica was the perfect place to start our 7 day California adventure. After arriving into LAX, around 8PM,  we headed straight to In and Out Burger (something my brother had been dreaming about for days!) and then onto my best friend from childhood’s house to stay the night. The next day was filled with Southern California sunshine, sandy beaches, bright colors, and exciting times. We rode the West Coaster, ate salsa and tacos, and explored Santa Monica by foot!

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kennebunkport + porpoise cove

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I am in love with Kennebunkport, Maine… summer flowers, painted buildings, quaint shops and lobster pounds… a stunning coastal Maine spot. We spent a quick afternoon strolling the main street and popping into little shops and pretty buildings. From Kennybunkport we headed to Porpoise Cove, a short 5 minute drive outside of town for lobster and onion rings on the dock!

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Exploring Dunedin

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I have now been to Dunedin a handful of times and every time I discover more and more goodness! I LOVE Dunedin – and I think this is because it gives me a glimpse back into true city life – stoplights, tall(ish) buildings, lots of people walking around …it’s perfect for a weekend away before heading back to Queenstown.

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Nugget Point, The Catlins

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Located at the northern end of the Catlins Coast just down the road from the tiny town of Kaka Point sits Nugget Point.  This steep headland has a lighthouse at its tip and is surrounded by rocky islet, known as ‘the nuggets’. The lighthouse was built in 1869 and started operating on 4 July 1870.  The tower was constructed from locally quarried stone and stands 249 ft above the water.

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Purakaunui Falls, Catlins

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As we continued north through the Catlins – the next big stop was to see the Purakaunui falls! These falls are a cascading three-tiered waterfall and are the icon of the Catlins, making them some one of the most photographed falls in the world. After a nice visit amongst the mist and freshness of the falls we continued on our way and made it to Owaka – which is home to a very unique and interesting doll house and teapot land. I must say overall the Catlins was a very quirky region – with a low number of full time residence and a large number of odd spot, which makes it the ideal spot for road tripping!

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