Golden Bay and Nelson

After Hopewell, I made my way to Golden Bay. The road from Nelson to Takaka is…quite interesting to say the least. I talked to someone who counted all the bends and he came to about 300! It’s a very windy road and I was very groggy! But I survived and lived to tell. I firstContinue reading “Golden Bay and Nelson”

Going south

Monday morning, February 9th I made my way across the street to the Bluebridge ferry terminal at way too early o’ clock. The ferry ride was alright though. The day started with a cold and overcast morning, only to turn into a beautiful sunny day. So amazing! The crossover is a beautiful trip and almostContinue reading “Going south”

Kapiti Coast and Wellington

The perks of having international friends is that you have the chance to get invited to their home turf. And so I did and so I enjoyed it very much! We were supposed to go to Kapiti Island, a bird sanctuary off coast, but the wind was too strong and the waters too rough, andContinue reading “Kapiti Coast and Wellington”

Cape Reinga

I’d never been to Cape Reinga so I really wanted to go there this trip. I booked a bus tour and on the road we went! It was really relaxed, with all sorts of stops along the way. We made a short visit to a kauri forest and had lunch on the beach. After aContinue reading “Cape Reinga”

Going north

I only stayed in Auckland for one night. For me, there is no point hanging around in big cities when there is so much out there to see and enjoy! So I headed north, to Paihia. Four hours on the bus, travelling along winding roads. That sure is a huge difference with my flat, mountainlessContinue reading “Going north”

The adventure begins

After an early start, I made my way to the airport. My flight was at 10.30 am, which I think is quite a decent time to start a long flight. We had quite a bit of turbulence along the way, but other than that, it was a wonderfully uneventful flight. I had an 18-hour stopContinue reading “The adventure begins”

How I prepared for my travels

I’ve known for a little while that I am going back to New Zealand. Such a buzzing feeling, because I love being there. I’m an organised person and like to plan ahead. I’m not the kind of person to fill my whole trip with tours or use a backpacking service like Stray where I don’tContinue reading “How I prepared for my travels”

Swag life

During my first time in Australia, I really wanted to travel the West Coast. It’s far less touristy than the East Coast, I learnt. But that’s what I was after: avoiding masses and exploring something different. I’d been halfway up the coast and spent time in Kalbarri, Coral Bay and Exmouth, before heading back down toContinue reading “Swag life”