Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 12: Glamping in Nelson Lakes Day 12: Glamping in Nelson Lakes
  • Day 12: Glamping in Nelson Lakes

  • After 11 days on the road we started running out of everything. Fridge battery was down, there was no water in the sink and we only had one clean pair of socks left, not to mention the mountain of plates that needed immediate attention. It was a clear sign that we needed to stop on a proper campgrou[...]
Day 25 & 26: Hot baths, seals and pink poo  Day 25 & 26: Hot baths, seals and pink poo
  • Day 25 & 26: Hot baths, seals and pink poo

  • It was pouring rain all day and night and when we woke up it was still raining. No hope for a walk or a kayak trip or any other outdoor activity. Damn. The best we could do was to dip our bums in hot waters of Hanmer Springs some 100km up north. We stayed there for four hours like lazy ducks changin[...]
Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos
  • Day 4: Steams of sulfur and sleeping volcanos

  • Last night we arrived to Rotorua, the sulfur city or RotoVegas as some like to call it. The smell of rotten eggs was already evident 15km before the city,  but it didn't discourage us from exploring the area. Rotorua is NZ's most dynamic thermal area with geysers, steaming hot springs and boiling ho[...]
Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital
  • Day 17: Queenstown - running away from NZ dollar capital

  • We drove down to Queenstown the night before and spent an evening back in civilised world. I must admit it's nice to go back there from time to time. We ate out, had Spanish churros with dark chocolate and promenaded in the harbour all dressed up in our cleanest clothes. Never mind couches of Japane[...]
Tea time any time in Hsipaw Tea time any time in Hsipaw
  • Tea time any time in Hsipaw

  • Water festival had a side effect. In Hsipaw I started coughing like an old smoker. The journey by train was long and uncomfortable, even though we had first class seats. The Burmese call it "buffalo train" because it's slow and rocks from side to side. The biggest attraction on the way was a steel b[...]
Day 11: 'Are you booked in?' Day 11: 'Are you booked in?'
  • Day 11: 'Are you booked in?'

  • Today alarm clock rang at 6am. We had a 23km walk in Abel Tasman Park before us and had to take water taxi to our destination. This walk was one of the most exciting points on our NZ map. The track went along the coast and could take from 3 to 5 days to complete. We only could do one day and had to [...]
Day 20: Morning Glory  Day 20: Morning Glory
  • Day 20: Morning Glory

  • We were still dreaming snow-peaked mountains and hot beef pies, when alarm clock rang at outrageous 4.50am. Well we were to blame. We signed ourselves up for 6.30 "Morning Glory" kayaking adventure. Plus we had an hours drive to do and breakfast to gobble up. It all took us more than we calculated, [...]
Day 2 & 3: Glow Worms and Black Water Rafting Day 2 & 3: Glow Worms and Black Water Rafting
  • Day 2 & 3: Glow Worms and Black Water Rafting

  • In the afternoon of the same day we left Auckland. There was many more to see in that city, but we were hungry of countryside and nature. Next stop on our itinerary were Waitomo Caves famous for their glow worms and spectacular underground cave system. As soon as we left the big city we plunged into[...]
Venice Cambodian style Venice Cambodian style
  • Venice Cambodian style

  • "If you're after a real Cambodian experience, go to Kompong Luong," Jast, a German traveler told us in Kep. And we did. It took us around 5 hours by bus, motobike and boat to get from Phnom Penh to our destination, but it was absolutely worth the effort. Kompong Luong is a village like no other.[...]
Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon
  • Southern circuit - Mawlamyine to Yangoon

  • So we run away from the monastery and now what? Our time in Myanmar was close to the end, but we had another 3 days to fill. We spent the first night in Mawlamyine - base camp for the monastery - but there was absolutely nothing to do, so we left the following morning. We went on a 4h boat trip [...]
Creative kitsch of Dalat Creative kitsch of Dalat
  • Creative kitsch of Dalat

  • Vietnam's coast line is 3,400km long and it often took us 12 hours to get from one place to another. Vietnam was the first country in SEA where we had to be time conscious when traveling. It was simply too big to hammock for days in one place. To save time we traveled on sleeper buses. We got on in [...]
Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch
  • Day 23: Re-Start Christchurch

  • In 2010 and 2011 Christchurch was struck by two earthquakes that brought down most of its CBD district and killed 183 people. Today, two years later, the city centre is still one big construction zone. Squares that were once major attraction stood empty and haunted. Beloved by residents cathedral st[...]