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Category: New Zealand

Hitchhikers guide to … Christchurch.

After a very emotional goodbye, a teary-eyed AJ and a teary-eyed me were dropped on state highway 1 where we…

Mueller Hut, Mt. Cook

After around just four hours sleep a three-and-a-half hour drive, we arrived at Mt Cook National Park only a little while…

Tongariro Crossing

After a nearly sleepless night on the flight back from Rarotonga, and a tiring drive down from Auckland, we found…

Whangarei: Glow worms & Belgians

Ellie, Erika and I arrived in Whangarei (“fung-gur-ay”) just before dinner time. After a risotto and an ice cream, we realised…

Northland: The Rock Pools

After a slow breakfast, we spent our final morning at the hostel on a walk to rock pools on the…

The Far North: Cape Reinga

The next morning, me, Ellie and our new Canadian friend Erika woke early to head up to New Zealand’s most…

New Zealand, The Far North: Beaches, Pizza & Ice Cream.

Skydiving complete, we headed further North. By this point in the day, the sun was shining pretty strong so we…

Bay of Islands: the Skydive.

For my travel companion, this was the part of the trip that had been looming since early November when aNew…

Auckland and the Dead Kangaroo

We left Tauranga the next morning, ready for our drive to Auckland. We followed our friend Frik for the whole…

Tauranga: Penguins and Pizzas

We arrived in Tauranga around lunchtime. At first, we got a little lost but after misreading a toll road warning…

Rotorua

Another example of my scepticism was my disbelief that Rotorua would smell bad. It stank, and it wasn’t the sort…

Taupo

We arrived at Taupo quite late, after a five hour drive and a traffic jam which, for the first time…

Wellington

We arrived in Wellington after dark, and at the same time had our first experience of properly using a map…

West Coast, New Zealand

We took a slow drive through the beautiful Haast Pass, from Queenstown and Wanaka towards the West coast, and moving…

Queenstown

Queenstown, like Byron, was a bit of a blur. Daytime activities included eating (multiple) curries, walking around town and visiting…

Manapouri, Glenorchy & Paradise

The following morning, we woke up and headed to Lake Manapouri, just South of Te Anau, since we’d heard that…

We woke up early in Te Anau: the closest town to Milford Sound with a drive along the Milford Road…

When we almost got rejected from New Zealand

We arrived at Melbourne airport late in the evening to drop off our hire car, with a flight to Dunedin…

Being Cave People.

On Friday night, we had a party in a cave. As you can imagine, the night panned out rather differently…

Awesome old people and sunshine.

On Thursday night, we went to a little pub in town called the Robbie Burns Tavern (more Scottish links) to…

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