Two days in Auckland, we thought, would be enough. I had a list of the must-try places, plotted out and planned for each meal. However, Auckland has an absolutely buzzing food scene. It was impossible not to sidetrack to the famous ice cream shop that had somehow eluded my culinary research, or stock up on … Continue reading Two days in Auckland.
We woke up before the sun this morning, loaded our backpacks into the campervan, and drove off into the dawn towards the harbour. We were heading toward the cook strait ferry, heading with our little Jucy campervan over to the south island of New Zealand to adventure around what has been said to be the … Continue reading A campervan on a boat, an earthquake, wineries + a night in an abandoned campground.
After a day hiking the volcanoes, we trudged back to the campervan and drove four hours down to Wellington. We finally got in late in the evening, and drove the windy, hilly streets to find what could possibly be the coolest hostel I have seen in a while. We parked our little van on the … Continue reading A few days in Wellington with orcs, artisanal charcuteries + tamarillo cupcakes.
Heading south from Lake Taupo, we head towards Tongariro National Park, the oldest national park in New Zealand, packed with volcanic features. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a famous hike, heralded as the best one-day hike in New Zealand (and some would say it ranks among the top ten in the world). Kiwis call hiking … Continue reading Hiking through volcanoes.
We drove down to Lake Taupo today, the North Island’s adventure sport and ski resort town. We stopped past a few sights along the way, the main one being Huka Falls. The Waikato River is New Zealand’s longest river. Just before the Huka Falls the river feeds into a shallow ravine of hard volcanic rock. … Continue reading Texas steakhouse, billiards, pubs + golf on a lake.
I. love. Californian Redwoods. I somehow managed to convince the group that we had to visit the Whakarewarewa Forest on our way out of Rotorua this morning, and we ended up spending a few hours wandering the silent forest, hugging trees and (in Peter and Namita’s case) going off path, bush-bashing to try and sneak … Continue reading I’m in love.
Ah Rotorua. You sure smell bad. At the start at least. But you have some damn fine geothermal activity. We visited Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland today, and saw geothermal pools sculpted from thousands of years of volcanic activity, in dozens of bright colours from the many different mineral deposits. Wai-o-tapu has the largest terraces and is … Continue reading Of mud, ruined swimwear + unattainable hangi.
Early today we loaded up our Jucy van, jumped in, and drove out of the city into rolling, green hills. We had a plan for the day, and we didn’t have much time. I was navigating (I got the group SIM card as social media coordinator). Little were we to know that the phrase ‘Damn … Continue reading Off to drive through Middle Earth.
Excitement all around as we meet at the airport, check in, and wait for our plane. We are ready for any solar event. We are off to New Zealand for two weeks, driving the north and south islands in a campervan. Somehow we got flights for $250 return on Emirates. We were pretty chuffed with … Continue reading Watch out Kiwis, the Aussies are coming.