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Getting Lost Travel Blog

Getting Lost the Travel Blog began in 2014. It was born shortly after Cat and James rekindled their relationship after a 20+ year break.

It was the love child of two people who just couldn’t be more different. James, a Joiner from the Hauraki Plains, was fearless – hunting and gathering, exploring shipwrecks, jumping into hidden water holes and sliding down hills.

Cat, a Strategist in an Auckland Advertising Agency and part time photographer knew a lot of restaurants, was constantly on the hunt for the perfect photo and had an infallible knack for getting lost. Oh and then there’s the 3 daughters they were now trying to bring together.

It was a brilliant, beautiful, messy chaos – full with wonderful exploration and a random adventure of getting lost that started it all. So now they’ve amassed over 200 stories, they’ve built a big, wonderful community who love random adventure too and they’ve created a travel adventure game that’s sold more than 100,000 games around the world.

You can find our latest adventures here or explore by destination below.

Recent posts

Rotoiti Hot Pools Rotorua bath in a hot water creek

What to do on a girls weekend in Rotorua

So you are planning a girls weekend in Rotorua? I’ve been on all kinds of holidays in Rotorua – holidays as a kid, with my kids when they were little, with other...
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Rotoiti Hot Pools Rotorua

Lake Rotoiti Hot Pools & baths in hot water creeks

If you are anything like me you’d be sold as soon as you heard the words “hidden hot springs on the lake front accessible only by boat or float plane” but oh...
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Rotorua Canopy Tour

Finding magic in the trees at Rotorua Canopy Tours

I’m sitting here on terra firma, feet up and laptop on my knees, 3 days after flying through virgin native forests at Rotorua Canopy Tours, trying to think of how I can...
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Redwood forest Getting Lost

Getting Lost in The Redwoods

Well, any number of searches could have led you here. If you are genuinely lost in The Redwoods – Whakarewarewa Forest stop right now and call someone for help! Seriously – with...
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5 amazing finds on the outskirts of Rotorua

5 amazing finds on the outskirts of Rotorua

Covid has made even the most organised holiday planners more your “fly by the seat of your pants / book last minute” types. To be honest it’s not a bad thing when...
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Secret Spot Rotorua

Boil ups and moments of zen at the Secret Spot in Rotorua

I’ve been seeing Secret Spot coming up on my Instagram feed for the past year since they opened and I’ve been dying to go and try it out. On our most recent...
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Kerosene Creek

Kerosene Creek - Hot Water Waterfalls and Water Holes

I’d heard about Kerosene Creek and it had been on my list of things to do in Rotorua for so long now. There always seemed to be a reason not to go...
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Waimangu

How I found 8th wonder of the world at Waimangu

Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by the Mount Tarawera Eruption. I used to spend hours wandering through the Buried Village reading the tails of the guide Sophia and...
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Polynesian Spa

Luxurious private spas and steaming lakes at the Polynesian Spa

I’m a huge advocate for balancing any trip with a little bit of luxury. I’m all up for a camping holiday but after 5 nights on an airbed I was craving a...
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Skyline Rotorua

5 Things You Need To Do Twice In Rotorua

Some things are just so good that you have to do them twice. Over the past few years we’ve been fairly regular visitors to Rotorua, and far from running out of things...
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Paradise Valley Rotorua

Rainy day inspiration with the kids in Rotorua

Let’s face it rain and camping are not the ideal mix. The kids had made their way through Pretty Woman and Legally Blonde and were staring bleakly out the tent door at...
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Paradise Valley

Rainy days in Paradise Valley Springs

It’s not hard to see why they named the Paradise Valley road leading to it, and Paradise Valley Springs as they did. Just the drive along is worth venturing the 15 or...
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Our favourite free things to do with the kids in Rotorua

Our favourite free things to do with the kids in Rotorua

Rotorua has so many spectacular things to do – from luges to zorbs to geothermal parks to lions and everything in between. There is so much to do and as a family...
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Skyline Rotorua

The Parents guide to Rotorua

Having been to Rotorua many times as a kid I knew Rotorua relatively well, but it is only this year that I can say that I have officially fallen in love with...
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Why you should stay at Wiley Court

Why you should stay at Wiley Court

This trip to Rotorua with the kids we stayed at Wiley Court for the first time. Spacious rooms, an amazing pool, a hot tub coupled with reasonable rates – it definitely gets...
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Spending a day at Skyline in Rotorua

Spending a day at Skyline in Rotorua

The luge has to be our kids favourite thing to do in Rotorua (hey, I think it’s on most peoples lists!) but my bug bear in the past is that it feels...
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Lake Tarawera, Rotorua

The grown ups guide to Rotorua

Up until last weekend my trips to Rotorua had all been either as a child or with my own children. Last weekend though we went to Rotorua without the kids and found...
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Treetop Redwood Walk Rotorua Thuebridge lights

Walking in the treetops in Rotorua

We had so many people tell us we had to check out the Treetop Walk at the Redwood Forest at night (thanks Eileen, Erin, Marie, Rebecca, Sarah, Karen, Jan, Megan, Scott, Hailey...
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