Under the sun we explored the coast line that was first discovered by the explorer Able Tasman. We kayaked with the Orcas, even if we didn’t see them. Crossed through rivers, walked on sun kissed beaches and under a heavy down pour. At the end of the week we returned to Christchurch to sell our car.
This week we lived it up west coast style. This amazing part of the country is boarded by the wild Tasman sea and southern Alps. We drove through fog, climbed a glacier, watched the sunset west coast style. We enjoyed the warmth, camping outside and the local west coast beer.
A week spent in Fordland, enjoying some of the best sights I have seen in New Zealand. Waterfalls, Keas and doing lots of hiking. We spent a lot of the week being wet in the amazing Milford Sounds before challenging our bodies and minds on a 3 day 55km sea to 1000m hike, through native bush, across wind swept peaks, wild beaches, dolphins spotting and swing bridge crossing.
A few nights in the self named ‘capital of the world’ Queenstown, which was pretty, sunny and we ate good food. Followed by 2 days in Wanka where we went to Mt. Aspiring national park and climbed up to see the glacier and the naughty Kea! Then on to Dunedin the most historical city in New Zealand, home of the Albatross, Yellow eyed penguins and Speight brewery. We wandered through the Caitlin’s and got to enjoy hundreds of waterfalls. Then went to Bluff where the road ends in New Zealand.
We started our week in Christchurch, where we saw the destruction that was caused to the Garden City. We enjoyed the city the best we could, it was once an stunning city. Our next stop was Hammer Springs, where we walked in the forest, and went to the hot springs to recover. We then went to Kikoura, where JB ate crayfish, and saw seals. We hiked up Mt. Fyffe, and tasted wine in Blenhiem. At the end of the week we pick up friends and hit the road to Queenstown.
We left our home in Wellington and started living in our car. We crossed over the Cook Straight to the South Island, stayed in Picton and drove down to Christchurch, where we took the plane for Sydney. We stayed in a flash hotel in downtown Sydney near the Rocks. We enjoyed good food, saw whales, went to see Kings of Leon in concert and hung out at Bondi Beach.
Meet JB our Kiwi, he was given to me by the employer JBWere, hence his name. Before leaving I promised to take us on the road with us. JB, dressed in his All Black supporter gear is our Mascot on our trip around the South Island. He is happy, quite Kiwi that enjoys good food, sunshine, and chocolate. His mission is to us and you discover is homeland, New Zealand.
The start of our life in Wellington. Finding an apartment, job, friends ect… The blog takes a 7 month break now as I start working and each day will almost be the same.
Until November we have worked in Wellington, with its ups and downs… I will post blog articles on daily life in New Zealand, but wish to keep it off this blog, as this one is for our travel adventures.
The highlight of this week was my dad arriving at Auckland airport. I was so happy to see him. We all set off on a road trip together in a van of course that we named baby Elf. We visited the bubbling mud pools or Rotorua and learned about the Maori culture. We got into an inflatable ball called a Zorb and rolled down a hill. We visited the stunning New Zealand landscapes and the ‘Glow Worm’ caves.