Good bye New Zealand!

Our time in New Zealand has come to an end, after almost three months it is time for us to say Goodbye to New Zealand for this time. We did plan to cover both islands in three months but we completely underestimated how long it would take to see everything, especially at the speed that…

A rental car brought us more freedom

After hitchhiking for 2.5 months from the top to the bottom of the North island of New Zealand (and saving loads of money along the way) we thought it was about time to splash out and live a little luxuriously for a few days. By luxury, we don’t mean sleeping at fancy hotels and eating…

In the blink of an eye – Kiwi hospitality

Imagine carrying your heavy rucksack for many days without a shower or a proper shelter (something that stands better against strong winds and rain than a tent). You smell bad, are tired and can’t be bothered walking any more even though you must because there is no place to stay for the night. You are…

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…

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…