Navigate New Zealand with Time 2 Go!

Wanderable has teamed up with uber-cool tour guide, Time 2 Go, to bring you curated New Zealand itineraries for your honeymoon. It’s time to navigate New Zealand!

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We’re writing today to illuminate you on one of our (new) absolute favorite places ever. New Zealand can be something of an enigma to Americans– even to us.  We mostly knew of it through its unbelievably prolific music scene – evidenced by our recent travel playlist – and our affliction for the Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit films.

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Full disclosure: before we met the Time 2 Go team, we basically only thought of Gandolf when we thought of New Zealand.  But there is SO MUCH more to this place than just Middle Earth. (Don’t believe us? Check out this BuzzFeed post) We’ve worked with this incredible travel specialists to create three customized itineraries for our Wanderable couples that totally capture the heart and soul of New Zealand.  To get you just as excited as we are, there is even a special giveaway for the first couple that starts their NZ registry! So, read on, Wanderers… #itsTime2Go!

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The first NZ itinerary stops in some of New Zealand’s most lively cities and beautiful towns. In In Queenstown (otherwise known as heaven on earth), you’ll wake up and tour the lakes and mountains in the sun, get photos with your loved one that look like they’re photoshopped, and then cool down just in time for the sunset, where you can soak in the famous Onsen Hot Pools and let your muscles melt!

For the first Wanderable couple that books with Time 2 Go, a dip into these magical hot pools is free! New Zealanders are generous folks.

But whether you crave the adrenaline from the world’s highest cliff jump, the magic of touching an ancient glacier in Glacier Country, or simply the relaxing travel through Marlborough on a coastal pacific train, you will find this itinerary bursting with unforgettable activities throughout New Zealand.

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The next itinerary by Time 2 Go features a roster of cities from Waikato to Wellington City to the Bay of Plenty and everywhere in between. What you’ll find at each stop is varied (like the level of cuteness of the Hobbits) with activities ranging from a peaceful tour through ethereal and world-famous glowworm caves to a wine and food tour fit for foodies.

On our third itineraryyou’ll find relaxing thermal pools in Hanmer Springs, cage diving with great white sharks off of Stewart Island, or touching thousand-year-old glaciers in South Canterbury. I mean, seriously– there is something for everyone. Feel free to mix and match; the world, well at least New Zealand, is your oyster!

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Allow us to conclude our brief gushing with some other lesser-known facts about our new favorite place. The longest place name in the world is Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu, a hill in Hawkes Bay. Pretty cool, right?

So bring it on, winter months. We’ll just be over here, day dreaming about New Zealand, where it’s summertime. Guys…#ItsTime2Go.

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Wanderable On The Road: Bike Adventures in Rouen & Les Andelys

Wanderable enjoys bike adventures in the the small towns of Rouen and Les Andelys.

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Fall colors of Rouen offset the gothic spectacle that is the city’s main Cathedral

Ah, Normandy. We’re completely obsessed with your whimsical small towns, cobblestone streets, and strong apple liquor.  And there is no better way to see these towns than by bike. We traveled to Rouen and Les Andelys, and we were able to see more of each town than we would have by foot. We’ve decided there might not be anything more luxurious than Europe in the Fall: the colors, the crisp air…getting lost down side streets…and hidden-treasure alleyways with the one you love.

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On Monday we were in Rouen: a lovely town that has the second largest population in France, next to Paris.  Even though there are tons of people, be warned: most of the town is closed on Monday until the afternoon (after 3pm).  This was both a good and bad thing. The Good: we got the town to ourselves, so we didn’t have to watch out for pedestrians as we cruised down cobblestone streets and took literally 1,000 photos. The Bad: we were hard-pressed to find an open fromagerie (we were successful, however, in finding a patisserie, so at least we were set with many croissants). There is a ton of history in this town (like the Cathedral and a memorial to Joan of Arc) so we did do our fair share of Instagram- worthy sight-seeing.

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But our favorite part of the day in Rouen? Sitting at a little cafe, playing cards and drinking cappuccinos. We watched as the towns people went to work as this sleepy little town started to wake up.

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The view from our seats at the cafe      

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 …and our seats at the cafe

Les Andelys was our next stop. This town was adorable (straight out of Beauty & The Beast). This town also houses a huge Cathedral Notre-Dame, the focal point of this city.

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As we rode around this tiny town, we stopped at intricate little shops selling art and came across a Salon de Thé (tea house). Along with their homemade, organic teas made from real leaves (we’re talking real mint leaves infused for hours) they had some amazing food. We ordered two different kinds of goat-cheese stuffed peppers in local olive oil, as well as octopus and baby squid. It. was. Incredible. #TravelTip: Always try the food. We came across this place by accident, and it was the highlight of our day!

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                                                                    Spicy peppers                                                     Octopus and baby squid

And even though it’s late November– this town was ALL ABOUT the Christmas decorations.

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Unfortunately, we ran into the same issue we had when we were in Rouen; a lot of this town was closed in the morning.  But that was fine– enough of the shops were open and the scenery was beautiful (can’t you tell?)

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Moral of the story? When you have the option, always go by bike. ALWAYS. You’ll see more of the town, and when its cold (like November), you’ll warm up quickly. And always try to be adventurous with the local cuisine– especially in smaller, quaint villages. They’re not touristy like some places in Paris can be, so you know you’re getting authentic food that the locals eat.  There also isn’t a lot (or any) of mark up at these places, so the food you’re getting is worth the price.

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