Falling awake

While I know the lockdown is necessary to try and control the situation, it’s also tough to stick out. I’m doing my part, but realised it was time to escape the city for a bit. I’m spending some time with my mom and cats. Last Friday, we went to the beach. I hadn’t been toContinue reading “Falling awake”

Tranzalpine to Arthur’s Pass

The Tranzalpine is a beautiful trainride that runs from Christchurch to Greymouth and vice versa. The scenery along the way is breathtaking! From foothills to braided rivers and from lush vegetation to snow capped mountains. It seems like Kiwis love talking about their beautiful country, so don’t be surprised when a bus or train driver givesContinue reading “Tranzalpine to Arthur’s Pass”

Devils Punchbowl Falls

On my 2012 travels to New Zealand I went to Arthur’s Pass by train. I decided to stay in this very small town for a few days just to check it out. It was a nice place, but not as ‘end of the world’ as I had expected it to be. Perhaps it was theContinue reading “Devils Punchbowl Falls”

Te Rerenga Wairua

Cape Reinga is the place where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. It’s a spiritual place for Maori, because it is here that the spirits of the dead enter the underworld and make the journey back to the homeland of Hawaiki. I thought it was a beautiful place, a place with a lot of meaningContinue reading “Te Rerenga Wairua”

Resident kaka

During my week on Stewart Island I stayed at the wonderful BBH hostel Bunkers Backpackers. It was a really cosy place with friendly people and an awesome atmosphere. It’s quickly become one of my favourite hostels in New Zealand and I highly recommend it! Every once in a while one or two kaka birds would pay theContinue reading “Resident kaka”