Two days in Auckland.

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.

A campervan on a boat, an earthquake, wineries + a night in an abandoned campground.

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.

Hiking through volcanoes.

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.

I’m in love.

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.