Monthly archives:November 2013

  • 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 stood in ruin, half of[...]
  • Day 21&22: Magnificent Mount Cook

  • Waking up with the ceiling 20cm above our heads and having to joggle around all our stuff to do and undo the bed started to take its toll. We were slowly getting tired of living on 4m long 2m wide space. Especially after yesterday. On the kayaking trip we met two Spanish guys. When we were walking back with them after [...]
  • 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, but we managed run i[...]
  • 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. Milford was 100km up at[...]
  • Day 18: Mosquito hunt and walk until you fall

  • Sandflies are a curse on west coast, but the last two nights they were not our only concern. Sandflies don't like dark so they leave us be after dusk. In Queenstown and Te Anau though they changed shifts with mosquitos. Once sandies stopped biting, mosquitos took over. When we arrived at campground in Queenstown it was[...]
  • 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 Japanese tourists and shop[...]
  • Day 15-16: Welcome to heaven

  • What we got in the campground was just a taster of Wanaka's beauty. We were planning to stay one day in the area, but it was not enough. The truth is an eternity wouldn't be enough. We stayed there for two days and did two completely different but equally stunning tracks. We got to Wanaka on a Sunday and I must say [...]
  • 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 we arrived to the en[...]
  • Day 13: Due palle day

  • Last night we finally found use for TV we have in the van. We used it as socks dryer! After doing laundry we needed all the space we could afford for drying clothes. String that we have in the van is so short it only fits two t-shirts, so we had to hang all the rest anywhere we could. The night was so cold and humid th[...]
  • 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 campground and do some maint[...]
  • 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 pick a part of it. W[...]
  • Day 10: In pursuit of hoppiness

  • Our next destination was Abel Tasman National Park, but we got distracted on the way by art and beer of Nelson. We were meant to stop there for quick grocery shopping and a visit to information centre, when we got side-tracked by Nelson's many art studios and pubs with locally brewed craft beer. Red Gallery was our abs[...]