Category Archives: New Zealand

Ouch! Our legs are hurting …

Mordor has certainly left it’s mark on us and for the next couple of days we were hobbling around like an arthritic old couple whinging about our sore legs. To escape both the cold and dark campground at Whakapapa and … Continue reading

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Two hobbits climbing Mount Doom

or “The black land of Mordor” OK, whoever doesn’t like or even know J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” saga will probably have a hard time enjoying this particular post … but who are we kidding my precious? There surely … Continue reading

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Our journey to Mordor

The official name of Mount Doom is actually Mount Ngauruhoe, but nobody can pronounce that name without suffering severe tongue injuries and after starring in The Lord of the Rings as Mount Doom nobody cares about that old name any … Continue reading

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Rotorua aka the smelly city

After a quiet New Year in Hot Water Beach it was time for us to continue our trip down the east cost of north island. Since every accommodation around the Bay of Plenty was completely booked out (surprise surprise during … Continue reading

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Walking on an active volcano

We already pretty much gave up on the idea to visit Whakaari (better known as White Island), New Zealand’s only active offshore volcano, because the only authorised boat tour was constantly booked out and our name was buried somewhere down their waiting list. … Continue reading

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Waterworks

What do you do on a rainy day when you have nothing else to do? You go to a water park an hours drive into a gravel road in the middle of nowhere, of course! “Welcome to Waterworks” … we … Continue reading

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Coromandel – Hot Water Beach

What began as a rainy morning in Auckland turned into bright sunshine towards the afternoon when we drove east towards Coromandel peninsula (apparently Melbourne is not the only place where you can have four seasons in a day). It seems we … Continue reading

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Sandboarding in Northland

Kerikeri camping On Christmas Day we set out to finally explore New Zealand from top to bottom and put our new camping equipment to good use at our first stop in Kerikeri at the Bay of Islands, which is famous for it’s … Continue reading

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Auckland

Auckland International Airport Saturday 21st December 2013 at 4:30 in the morning . Our first day in New Zealand and nothing was working out the way we planned! – We were tired after being up all night on the plane. … Continue reading

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Kia Ora Aotearoa

For the next two months our trip will take us to New Zealand or “Aotearoa”(the land of the long white cloud) as it is called by the Māori people. Even though we really enjoyed the Pacific Islands, we’ve been looking forward to this … Continue reading

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