Category Archives: New Zealand

Glaciers and rainforests

Wikipedia says that Franz Josef Glacier, together with the Fox Glacier 20 km to the south, is unique in descending from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level amidst a lush green temperate rainforest. We had … Continue reading

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Arthur’s Pass to Hokitika

Venturing further down the West Coast we decided on a detour to Arthur’s Pass, one of the three mountain passes crossing New Zealand’s Southern Alps (yes, someone was really creative with the name here šŸ™‚ ). The mountain scenery was … Continue reading

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Westcoast – Sandfly country

It wasn’t easy for us to leave cute Takaka and the cozy Bed & Breakfast of Serge and Marie, but there was still so much of New Zealand left for us to explore! So after four blissfully lazy days we … Continue reading

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Golden Bay – Hippie heaven

A few hours drive from the Abel Tasman Track brought us to Golden Bay on the north west corner of South Island where we at last had a steak and beer in the Mussel Inn as reward for finishing the … Continue reading

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NEWSFLASH – elf sighting in Takaka

For all those doubting the existence of Tolkien’s creatures of Middle Earth: we found an elf today inĀ a Takaka coffee shop disguised as barista!

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Cape Farewell Horse Trek

Ok here’s the thing: Bea loves horses ā€¦ and I’ve never been a huge fan of these big animals. So this was only the second time since we know each other that she managed to get me onto one! Well … Continue reading

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Abel Tasman Coast Track

From the Picton ferry landing we went straight to Motueka at the southern tip of the Abel Tasman national park for some sunny days, getting ready for our next adventure: . . The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of … Continue reading

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Crossing the Cook Strait

After almost four weeks on the North Island we crossed the Cook Strait from Wellington to Picton on board of the Kaitaki interislander ferry. Luckily our ship stayed all in one piece unlike theĀ AratereĀ which lost a propeller in November, midway … Continue reading

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Windy Wellington

From Waiohine gorge it was only a small hop to New Zealand’s capital Wellington on the southern end of North Island. And “Windy Wellington” did it’s best to earn it’s nickname during our four day visit and despite beautiful sunshine … Continue reading

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Hawke’s Bay – strawberries and art deco

After all the volcanoes, bubbling mud pools and mountains in North Island’s central plateau we were really looking forward to some beach time again and our next destination was Hawke’s Bay. The region is quite famous for it’s wineries, endless … Continue reading

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