Category archives: New Zealand

  • 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[...]
  • 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 out so we hopped on[...]
  • Day 7-8: Windy Welly - shower quest and coffee indulgence

  • Heralded by Lonely Planet as "the coolest little capital" Wellington really is little and cool and also very proud of its title. On a bad side, it's infamous for the weather. Its strong winds try to pull heads off and heavy rains come and go as they please. At least that's what we heard. I think the two days we spent t[...]
  • 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 chick Wellington cl[...]
  • 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 no chances for a bett[...]
  • 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 hot mud pools. The cit[...]
  • 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 endless green count[...]