2016 was a year of unforgettable moments. When FareDealAlert posted a direct flight from Houston to Auckland for $400, I immediately booked two tickets Down Under. At this point, New Zealand was the top destination on my bucket list. Upon discovery that it was winter in NZ, we cut our time there short and spent a few days driving through the North Island before heading to warmer climates. We made stops in Paihai, Piha and Mount Maunganui. The landscape was stunning. I definitely have to get back to New Zealand so that I can visit Waitomo Caves and the Bay of Islands.