Travel DiaryPacific Voyages of Iga & Ale

Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds  Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds
  • Day 9: 2am Ferry and Marlborough Sounds

  • We finished the tour of North Island with a blast. Most things in our itinerary were crossed out (with a few stops left on the way back) and it was time to jump over to the South Island and finally get the taste of the mountain scenery NZ was so famous for. All the ferries during the day were booked[...]
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[...]
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[...]
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 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch
  • Day 5: Super Loo and van in a ditch

  • In Taupo we woke up to a beautiful view of Taupo Lake stretching before us for miles. It's NZ's biggest lake with an astounding 193km in perimeter. It was huge and pretty and it would all be perfect if it was not for dark clouds hanging low above us. It's been pouring rain all night and there were n[...]
Thai massage and watercolours Thai massage and watercolours
  • Thai massage and watercolours

  • Going back to the real world was a little tough. We were back in traffic, honking cars, hot streets and shops with souvenirs. To make the most of that comeback, as soon as we got off the 6am bus that brought us to Chaing Mai, we had cappuccino and chocolate croissants for breakfast. Marveling at the[...]
Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack
  • Day 14: Glaciers and sandfly attack

  • We started the following day with a 3 hour walk around Okarito Lagoon. We were already close to the glaciers and could afford to spend the morning wandering around the only untouched by humans lagoon on the West Coast. It was a relaxing walk in the forest, yet this time we didn't get a reward. When [...]
Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser
  • Day 6: Vineyards and Cape Palliser

  • We had a rough night. It was pouring rain all night and big drops of water hitting the van's roof made so much noise we could hardly sleep. Yet the rain and sleepless night didn't discourage us from a wine tour. We were in Martinborough, northern island's prime wine location and weekend getaway for[...]
Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford
  • Day 19: Regeneration day and road to Milford

  • Weather forecast said it was supposed to rain today so we booked our kayaking trip for tomorrow and made it a regeneration day after Kepler Track. We had a slow breakfast in deluxe kitchen of our four star holiday park, did some grocery shopping, had a beef pie each and left Te Anau after lunch. Mil[...]
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 [...]
By boat? I have boat - floating on Mekong Delta By boat? I have boat - floating on Mekong Delta
  • By boat? I have boat - floating on Mekong Delta

  • We were sleeping tightly in our little bus beds when somebody started shaking our legs. "Wake up! Can Tho!" I opened one eye. It was 5 am and my body cried for more sleep. When I closed eyes again the driver was back at my leg, poking my calf. We got off the bus half-conscious and were driven to the[...]
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, [...]