Lake Tekapo

Last day in New Zealand… Unfortunately a sad day but I can reflect on an amazing time in Aotearoa ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’.  It hasn’t stolen it’s name because on my way to Christchurch, where I would take my flight the very next morning, I could admire amazing & unique cloud formations … Continue reading

Moeraki Boulders

We started in Invercargill, the most southern city of New Zealand & the heart of Southland.  With a population of only 53000 souls, Invercargill is recognised for its hospitality to visitors and as the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery.  Wide streets with minimal traffic, spacious parks & gardens, Victorian & Edwardian … Continue reading

Mekka of extremez

After a couple of relaxing days in Wanaka, a rural & pittoresk town at the edge of Lake Wanaka, we left for the slightly busier town of Queenstown.  Both are situated between the deep waters of respectively Lake Wanaka / Lake Wakatipu & the rugged, snow-topped peaks of the Southern Alps.  The appeal lies in … Continue reading

Milford Sound

According to the legend, Tu-te-raki-whanoa carved out the fjords with his adze Te Hamo.  He started in the south with a rough coastline & many islands.  By the time he reached Piopiotahi aka Milford Sound, he had perfected his technique and carved an awe-inspiring fjord.   The Goddess of the underworld Hine-Nui-Ne-Po worried that once … Continue reading

The Southern Alps

Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region with ice caves, extraordinary colors of the ice-flow, pinnacles & seracs of the pristine alpine environment.  Stavros booked a heli tour + 2h hike on top of the gletsjer.  Pilar, Vivi & myself kept it … Continue reading

Abel Tasman to Franz Josef via Great Alpine Highway

After a beautiful sunrise at Tahunanui beach, I picked up the girls and we left Nelson for Abel Tasman, a National Park opened in 1942, 300 years after its namesake Abel Tasman first sighted New Zealand.  It’s New Zealand’s smallest National Park but nevertheless a coastal paradise with golden beaches, tranquil lagoons, clear water & … Continue reading

Wineries, lakes & pristine beaches

The roadtrip in South Island began in Picton.  Picton’s foreshore has one of New Zealand’s most beautiful views.  Known for it’s ever changing colors & light. The town is also surrounded by lush forests of beech, manuka & fern, which cover secret valleys, secluded coves & hill top lookouts.  Pilar, a Spanish girl who travelled … Continue reading

Cook Strait

Wellington, home to 400.000 souls and cosmopolitan capital city of New Zealand is the second most populous urban area at the southwestern tip of the North Island between Cook Strait & the Rimutaka Range.  The city is a busy & vibrant place packed with heritage buildings, theatres, eclectic cafe’s, museums, galleriesparks, bars & restaurants.  It has a spectacular … Continue reading

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and … Continue reading

Reid’s Farm & Lake Taupo

The great lake Taupo is situated right in the middle of the North Island on the dramatic Central Plateau offering crystal clear water, wild trouts, pristine native bushes, …  We pitched our tent at one of NZ many free campsites, Reid’s Farm near the small town of Taupo & next to the Waikati river close … Continue reading

The Redwoods

Haere mai!  Welcome!  Rotorua, New-Zealand’s thermal capital is famous for its vibrant Maori culture, spectacular thermal areas & forest-fringed trout-filled lakes.  Rotorua lies at the heart of New Zealand’s most active geothermal field with bubbling mud pools in the parks, geysers & steaming fumaroles just minutes from the city.  It’s rich Maori heritage gives an … Continue reading

Coromandel

Coromandel, one of New Zealander’s favourite destination is within an hour and half east from Auckland and yet the region is a world away from the hustle & bustle of city life. With a thousand natural hideaways to enjoy, gorgeous beaches, dramatic rainforests, … Coromandel feels very much off the beaten track and contains diverse  … Continue reading

The grip & the farmer

Destination Cape Reinga today ! Michelle from Oregon was leaving us this morning to travel on her own and Martha, another Spanish girl joined us. In the small town of Tortara North, on the way to Cape Reinga, we stopped and visited Annie, a very energetic & active kiwi. She lived in this beautiful wooden … Continue reading

Bay of Islands

Big day today! The beginning of my Kiwi roadtrip… Destination, Bay of Islands. But before that I had to solve a problem. I rented a car for a month with Ace Rentals but Lyndon told me he would travel with Pilar & me in the North Island for 11 days and that we could use … Continue reading

The Nurse

I was dreaming of this day for so many years and it felt pretty unreal to finally fulfill this dream… Flyin’ all the way around to the other side of our beautiful planet in the Southern hemisphere to visit the Kiwi’s in New- Zealand aka Aotearoa, as the local Maori’s call it. Meaning ‘Land Of … Continue reading