A Dunedin Art Attack and a Papatowai Scrap Heap Challenge

From Milford Sound we drove straight across the country to the east coast as we were a couple of days ahead of schedule due to the weather earlier in the trip. With time to spare we thought we would drop in to Dunedin, which hadn’t made the cut previously, before heading back to the south … Continue reading A Dunedin Art Attack and a Papatowai Scrap Heap Challenge

A spectacular day at Arthur’s Pass and an interesting night in a nursing home – Greymouth,Moana, Arthur’s Pass & Hokitika

On first appearance, Greymouth isn’t anything particularly special and was simply going to serve as a place to buy some new flip flops; James’s 2 dollar ones were giving up the ghost. However, we soon found that it was a lovely town for a leg stretch with some quirky shops and cafes and a dose … Continue reading A spectacular day at Arthur’s Pass and an interesting night in a nursing home – Greymouth,Moana, Arthur’s Pass & Hokitika

Henna and dreadlocks, from camping to damping and some necessary home comforts

After packing up our site at the River Inn we made our way to the northernmost point of the South Island, Farewell Spit. The spit is 27km sandbank that is constantly extended and reshaped by the sea. You can’t actually access the far end without some sort of special permission so we just went for … Continue reading Henna and dreadlocks, from camping to damping and some necessary home comforts

James the passion killer and a very Welly New Year

We have not really experienced the downsides of sharing accommodation with lots of other travellers, but James had the misfortune of disturbing a French couple getting frisky in the gent’s showers when we returned to camp after the Tongariro Crossing. He signalled his presence with some awkward coughing and loud gargling whilst cleaning his teeth … Continue reading James the passion killer and a very Welly New Year

Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

After leaving Rotorua we had our first, and to this day, only, bad experience whilst camping. We had pitched up at a free campsite at Lake Aniwhenua and, as it was December 23rd, the site was extremely popular with Christmas campers. The spot was beautiful and we had enjoyed a stroll along the lake, and … Continue reading Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

The New Zealand adventure begins in Auckland

One of our first tasks upon arriving in New Zealand was to google how to pronounce Aotearoa, so we’re practically locals now. The journey to New Zealand was a tough one, we won’t bore you with every detail but essentially it was an overnight journey with an unfortunate time difference and we arrived in Auckland … Continue reading The New Zealand adventure begins in Auckland