Welcome to WannaBeKiwi

A Site About Travel, Photos, and Fun

And a history of our quest to become Kiwis

The Grand Adventure

Our blog about our travels and adventures on our quest to be Kiwis


A collection of some of my photos over the years

Travel Blogs

Travel blogs from some of our most memorable trips around the world


A collection of our favorite recipes


Bike ride descriptions and directions


Hike descriptions and directions

Recent Blog Posts

  • Aloha
    Credit where credit is due. Annie took the beautiful banner picture for this page. Makes we want to go get a new iphone! After flying up to Auckland from Dunedin in the morning, we got to spend a very exciting day hanging around the Koru lounge at the airport. There was a later flight, butContinue reading “Aloha”
  • NZ Fish Tank
    Well, it’s happened again. I have fallen behind. Doh! But my excuse is that we are distracted and excited about heading back to the States to see some friends and family. I also forgot to download a bunch of pics from my camera and now it is in New Zealand and I am not. ItContinue reading “NZ Fish Tank”
  • me versus e
    There has been an amazing explosion in the number of e-bikes that are out. I think there are more e-bikes than regular bikes. It’s cool. A buddy of mine and I had thought about going into the e-bike business about 15 years ago. We figured the technology would come around, but finally concluded the marketContinue reading “me versus e”
  • Choice Overload
    Life has been good. The weather, in general, is getting warmer. Yeah! Oamaru continues to offer up many good options for fun and exploration, but there have been some less than exciting things too. We came here with no expectation at all that it would be on the list of possible places to live, butContinue reading “Choice Overload”
  • A Night at the Opera
    Things have been going along swimmingly here in Oamaru and we continue to be impressed by the place. Sitting in our Airbnb and looking at the expanse of the ocean, every evening is a treat. It has become exceedingly clear that it was complete luck and quite rare that we had such a close encounterContinue reading “A Night at the Opera”