The grandfather volcano-Mount Ruapehu

One amazing thing about New Zealand is that, in terms of nature, it has it all. Beaches, forests, jungles, farmlands, snow-peaked mountains, rivers, lakes, streams, a continuous coastline and desert. If you like the outdoors what more do you want. Another thing, that we haven’t mentioned yet and is an important part of New Zealand’s…

What makes people happy?

“WHAT MAKES PEOPLE HAPPY? HOW DO PEOPLE REACH THEIR STATE OF WELLBEING AROUND THE WORLD? WILL THE ANSWERS BE SAME OR DO PEOPLE’S VALUES FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES AND SOCIETIES GIVE US A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ANSWER? WE ARE ASKING PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY WHAT IT IS THAT MAKES THEM HAPPY…” Visit the page; ‘What…

Severe weather warning for the National Park – Part 2

If you read our last blog post about the severe weather warnings for the National Park then you might be wondering what happened to us and how it ended? Unfortunately the predictions turned in to reality and the unseasonable, and rather dangerous weather stopped us from starting the four day hike we had been looking…

Severe weather warning for the National Park

(För svensk text scrolla längre ner) About a month ago, we booked one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks‘. We chose the Tongariro Northern Circuit for its stunning nature and views from the top and around its three large volcanoes (still active by the way) in the land of the Maori’s. Until now, we had been…

Campsite next to Waikato River – Video in swedish

Svenska: Campingplatsen brevid Waikato River (inte Taupo-floden som Frida säger i videon) utanför staden Taupo på Nya Zelands norra ö. Ber om ursäkt för stundvis knagglig svenska, pratar inte det så ofta längre 🙂 English: Campsite next to Waikato River outside the city of Taupo. The video is in swedish.

Rotorua and Huka Falls

Rotorua is a city in the Bay of Plenty Region, close to the centre of New Zealand’s North island and is generally known for its abundance of geothermal activity. Geysers, bubbling mud pools and hot thermal springs are common around here and if you can’t see them, or any of the steam that rises from…

Shy lads get nowt

(För svensk kort sammanfattning, scrolla längre ner) Have you ever heard the expression “Shy lads get nowt”? Neither had we, until we heard it from Jacks Dad with his fading Lancashire accent. For some reason, this expression has stuck with us while traveling and we can easily say that, so far, it has a positive…

Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

(För svensk text scrolla längre ner) If you are visiting New Zealand and ask a tourist information for tips and what you shouldn’t miss while you are in the country, then Cathedral Cove and Hot water beach are two places in the Coromandel Peninsula that they for sure will mention. Cathedral Cove is a cave…

When you find one of those hidden treasures

(För svensk text scrolla längre ner) After having spent a little over six weeks in New Zealand we stumbled across our favourite camp spot….so far. When we say camp spot we don’t mean a campground where you pay for a piece of land with a toilet and water from a tap on site. We are…

On the road again

We are on the road again. But we’ll get back to that in a moment. First, we start with New Year’s Eve; the annually most overrated event, according to Jack. We had been in contact with Joe, a childhood family friend of Jacks for about six weeks before we finally agreed on a date to…

After rain comes sunshine

The weather over the last couple of days hasn’t really excited us too much. The positive mood-boosting sun has been pushed back behind a thick, never-ending blanket of grey cloud. Yesterday (Wednesday) was a should-we-force-ourselves-outside day, or just stay in, eat all day and watch the cat sleep. Not long after our dilemma began we…