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 gives…

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 the…

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 meaning…

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 the…

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is a beautiful area in the North of New Zealand. During the tour, we stopped at Urepukapuka Island, a lovely and relaxed place. The view from the top of the hill was amazing! Bay of Islands from TravelSan on Vimeo.

Sydney Harbour

The Sydney Harbour and skyline as seen from Macquarie’s Point. Love the view! 🙂 It always feels special gazing upon the beautifully shaped Sydney Opera House and the stunning harbour that adorns this huge metropole. I’ve been to Sydney a few times now, but I’ll never not like this view. This view is also special to…

Sydney NYE fireworks

One of the items on my bucket list was to be in Sydney for New Year’s Eve to see the amazing fireworks. As 2011 was close to making way to 2012, I was there sitting near Macquarie’s Point making this dream come true. It was very busy in the city that day. I had done…

True blue

Earlier this year, I posted a picture of Mt. Cook (Aoraki) and the crazy blue Lake Pukaki on a day with a gorgeous clear blue sky. I also made a short video of the lake and the highest mountain in New Zealand that day. I still find it stunning to see water that blue. Amazing! Mt.…

Mrs. Weka

One lovely evening in paradise, aka during my stay at Hopewell, I saw this cute little weka. Weka, also known as Maori hen or woodhen, is a flightless bird species of the rail family (rallidae). I guess it got curious there for a minute! 🙂 Mrs. Weka from TravelSan on Vimeo.

Mr. Penguin

A new category on my blog: videos! I remembered I took various videos during my last travel Down Under and I thought it would be fun to share some of them here. Hope you’ll enjoy the first ‘Mr. Penguin’. 🙂 In Curio Bay, New Zealand, yellow-eyed penguins come to shore every evening around 18.00-18.30 pm.…