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Trip: New Zealand

There are [16] stories from my trip: New Zealand


Photos: Queensland

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

Brisbane to Cairns
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Photos: NZ North Island II

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Kia Ora New Zealand!

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 10 Jun 2013 | Views [862]

Kia Ora New Zealand. I have packed so much into the 24 days I have been here, seen so much and yet I leave with so much left unseen. It is certainly a land to be explored and I have thoroughly enjoyed discovering some of the wonders it holds. With ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, backpacking, car hire, fabulous, ponsonby, relocation car hire, seabeds, watsons way


Maori & Mud Packs

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Jun 2013 | Views [657]

The North Island bus trip begins just as it is getting light on Bank Holiday Monday. Much has been made of the Queen’s birthday weekend, and I suspect that there is more patriotism over here than on her home turf! The trip up to Paihia on the ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, bay of islands, culture, maori, naked bus, new zealand, paihia, rotorua, sulphur springs, tamaki


Northward Bound

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [712]

All ferry crossings the following day were cancelled! Again I was lucky although it was far from a smooth trip. Arriving in Wellington in the dark, I find that navigation here is no easy task. I know that the hostel is about 20 minutes away and that ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, desert highway, glow worms, makopa falls, mt egmont, new zealand, paihia, ponsonby backpackers


New Zealand - A Land of Two Halves

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Views [849]

I examine my expectations of New Zealand and find that I had envisaged seeing a few pretty sights and that just over 3 weeks would probably be more than sufficient time to do so. I couldn’t have been more wrong and I am ashamed by the almost flippant ... Read more >

Tags: accents, backpacking, car hire, ferry, maori, marlborough sound, new zealand, stormy swells, stunning scenery


Photos: NZ North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 2 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: New Zealand part II

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Last of South Island (RT part V)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Views [1016]

At the Jucy Rental desk I return The Silver Streak in exchange for a relocation deal which allows me five days to deliver the car to Auckland. All signed, I drive away in a Suzuki Swift – a little aqua bubble of a car. The wind is fierce and The ... Read more >

Tags: kaikoura, new zealand, relocation car hire, spy valley winery, stunning south island, watsons way hostel, whales


Te Anau to Christchurch (RT part IV)

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 26 May 2013 | Views [1775]

They told me New Zealand was beautiful, but I never really understood just how incredibly beautiful it is. If I have to draw a parallel, driving from Te Anau up to Queenstown resembles driving around Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The scenery is dramatic ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, lake tekapo, new zealand, queenstown, stunning, te anau, tekapo springs, touring


Milford Sound - A Must See (RT part III)

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [1192]

Milford Sound is truly a place of majestic beauty and tranquillity. Technically, as it was formed by glacier action, it should be Milford Fiord. Opting for the first tour of the day, a short trip down to the departure point and we are ready to depart ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, discovery centre, dolphins, milford sound, new zealand, seals, stunning, tasmanian sea, vertical rainforest


New Zealand - The Road Trip (part II)

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Views [798]

Day 2 arrives and I head off with the intention of getting to Bluff, the Land’s End of New Zealand. I head towards the coast and find myself entering the Otago Peninsular. The road northwards winds along only marginally higher than the water’... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, beaches, bluff, car hire, new zealand, otago peninsular, rugby, stirling point, stunning views, te anau


New Zealand - The Road Trip (part I)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views [560]

It’s all about the view! I discover that I‘m a scenic type traveller. I look back and realise that whenever I arrive somewhere, invariably the first thing I do is look at the view. I love landscapes, natural or even man-made and if I were ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, curry, dunedin, jucy rentals, moeraki, new zealand, oamaru, shag point


Salute to Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Views [645]

It is alleged that I brought the rain with me when I arrived in Christchurch. In fact it is only drizzle and, genuinely, I do not need it to feel at home! The striking thing about landing in Christchurch is noticing how completely flat the land is ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, christchurch, community spirit, containers, earthquakes, new zealand, ruins, the old countryhouse


Photos: New Zealand General

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Auckland Arrival

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Views [1151]

The aircraft breaks cloud cover as we begin our descent into Auckland. I am struck firstly by the number of islands and secondly by how densely populated the area is. I think I presumed that the cities here would be small and compact. Auckland shatters ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, city, dilemas, itineraries, new zealand, one tree hill, ponsonby backpackers