Lake Wainamu

(För svensk text, scrolla längre ner) We were lucky to get invited by Emiel, our next-door neighbour, to come with him to Lake Wainamu on the west coast. Perfect because we are always looking for new places to visit, and even better when guided by a local. Lake Wainamu and the area called Te Henga…

A new way of celebrating Christmas

(För svensk text, scrolla längre ner) The sun is up and shining brightly from early morning to late evening. It is warm and everything around us is green. The radio and the shops are playing Christmas songs every now and then but we wouldn’t say that it is quite as intense as it is at…

Merry Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Fröhliche Weihnachten! God Jul! /The Black Hawk and Chief Pig-Spirit

When the sun shines over New Zealand

Winter in Europe means Summer over here in Oceania. It means that the sun will be frying anyone that spends time here, like us for example. December is the first of three hot summer months in New Zealand. Being sweaty in a warm and humid climate is nothing new but the sheer power of the…

It smells like a flower shop

(För svenska, scrolla längre ner) As soon as we jumped off the bus that took us from the Airport in to Auckland City, we have been welcomed with the wonderful smell of flowers, exactly like you would in a flower shop. It is great the moment you step outside after being indoors for a while…

Kiwi House Sitting

One of the best things about talking to new people is that it often rewards you with recommendations, tips and opportunities, that you might otherwise not have considered or even known about.  A recent favourite tip of ours was to try Kiwi House Sitting. It basically means that you sit someone’s house while the owners…

A favour for a favour

Have you ever done a favour for someone and received a favour in return? That is what we are up to at least. After numerous days hitchhiking we ended up in Matakohe, a very small village on the west coast, north of Auckland. As we walked towards the only campground in the area, we got…

Cape Reinga

At the very top of the North Island, you will find the Maori’s most spiritual place, where the Tasman sea collides with the Pacific Ocean. It is called Cape Reinga and if you haven’t taken a photo of the lighthouse here then you can’t really say you have really explored New Zealand properly. The lighthouse…

560 kilometres and 23 cars

”Put your thumb up and just look happy when they come round the corner, alright?” We wanted to get up North, actually so far north that we couldn’t take another step before falling of the off the edge of New Zealand and in to sea. The only problem was that we didn’t have a car,…

3 days in Paihia

Day 1: A few days after arriving in Auckland we both decided that we needed to get out of the city and start exploring. We studied a map of New Zealand’s North Island, at the same time scanned through every book and leaflet that we collected since our arrival. We decided quickly that we would…

Letting go of structured life

Imaging having a structured, daily routine, day in and day out. Your alarm clock rings at 6 every morning, you get up and get dressed. You eat your breakfast, brush your teeth and leave for work where you spend about 8-9 hours of your waking time. After that, you might go for some exercise or…

Hillary Trail – Day 5

“The Hillary Trail is a self-guided four day tramp through lush native forest and along the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. The trail is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand’s most famous mountaineer and explorer, and captures his sense of adventure and introduces you to the joys of overnight camping. The Hillary…