Blogs from New Zealand, Oceania


Oceania » New Zealand May 16th 2019

When you think ‘New Zealand’, you might immediately think of Hobbits, kiwifruit and sheep. But some of the biggest drawcards of the Land of the Long White Cloud include the stunning scenery, exciting adventure activities, and the hospitality of the people who live here. Backpacking is a common way to explore New Zealand, simply because of the freedom it offers. Forget being dictated by hotel checkout times and airline luggage limits; carrying your luggage on your back lets you get from A to B quickly and hassle-free. Of course, as with anywhere in the world, backpacking around New Zealand properly requires a pretty big bank account … right? Well, yes and no. If you don’t have a massive budget, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the best that Aotearoa tourism has to offer. Don’t write off ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island May 15th 2019

Taupo and Rotorua are known for three main things: Māori history, lakes and geothermal activity. A visit to the central North Island will give you an experience like no other in the world. There are literally hundreds of things to do in the area, from native wildlife and amazing natural phenomena to cultural experiences that help you understand how NZ was hundreds of years ago. Rotorua Skyline Gondola Start your journey around the area by taking the gondola up Mt Ngongotaha. From there, you can see the township, Lake Rotorua and the geothermal areas, complete with billows of steam. It gives you an idea of the geography of the area so you can better plan your trip. While you’re up there, you can eat at the Stratosphere Restaurant, go on the Skyswing, enjoy tasting Volcanic Hills ... read more
Rotorua Amazing Geothermal Pools
Hucker Falls
indigenous people, the Māori

Oceania » New Zealand May 14th 2019

New Zealand is the perfect country to go backpacking in. Whether you’re on a shoestring budget that means you’re hitchhiking and couch surfing, or you can afford a more flashpacker experience, New Zealand will not disappoint. Gorgeous scenic landscapes, beaches, mountains, the home of the Lord of the Rings movies, a thriving craft beer scene, innumerable wine trails, and that laid back and welcoming New Zealand vibe – this is definitely an idyllic spot. There is so much nature and beauty to enjoy, you can traverse the length and breadth of the country, taking in all the sights and sounds, and engaging with the unique wildlife and breath-taking landscapes. New Zealand is also perfectly set up for adventure, with biking, hiking, zorbing, diving and bungy jumping. You can hire a car (or, buy a cheap car ... read more
Te Anau
Mount Cook

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty » Tauranga May 5th 2019

It has been months in the planning but now it is just 18 days away before we start out on what promises to be the greatest adventure,in more ways than one,of our travel experiences. This adventure all came about through Gretchen wanting to tick off one of those 'things to do know what'(not that she has any intention of doing 'you know what'!and see the 'Big Five'live in their backyard and not a zoo. The planning has been extensive despite the fact that this will be a trip of just under a month and no where near as long as the 6 or 8 month BBA's have been. For a start Kiwis don't get a simple stamped 3 month visitor visa when they arrive in South Africa anymore,like we do in so many other countries ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Rotorua April 29th 2019

This is just a quick update to let everyone know where we are and where we are headed next just in case you should want to touch base. We always love to hear what you are all up to too so feel free to drop us a line anytime and I can then also confirm that you are not hitting the delete button as soon as you see who it is from! lol After returning from Aus in October last year we moved back into our very comfortable home and have appreciated the space if offers after so long living in a motorhome plus we had forgotten what stunning views we have of Lake Rotorua and farmland. We had hoped to then sell the house to move to a warmer area of the North Island but ... read more
Devoy 1 Decking

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Marlborough April 11th 2019

I am so far behind with the travel blog I'm not really sure where to start! But yes we are back in the beautiful South Island after spending the winter in Papamoa/Rotorua whilst Lance worked and I recovered after successful Hip surgery. We did manage a little adventure with a trip to Fiji in the middle winter with friends, can’t beat a bit of sun and warmth. We sailed across to Picton on the Thursday 7th February, heading straight to Havelock as I had booked the Pelorus Mail Cruise for next day. The cruise on Friday takes you out to the outer islands including Forsyth Island. My grandfather was a Sheep & Cattle Manager there in around 1941. Friday with a bit of a bite in the air and plenty of sunshine we headed out on ... read more
Greetings from Waitata Bay
Dolphins - Pelorus Sound
Portage - Kenepuru Sound

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Auckland April 11th 2019

“It’s a dangerous business going out of your door…You set out in to the street and if you don’t keep your feet there is no knowing where you might be swept off to…’– Gandalf . It was an early(ish) start for us today as our flight from Sydney to Auckland was at 09:55. Or so we thought!! We woke up at 06:45. In the old days, Roisin would have reached for her ciggies but in this modern day the rectangular shape of a cigarette box has since been substituted for a mobile phone. She immediately tapped on the email icon. ‘You’re having a laugh’, she said to no one in particular (although there was only me and her in the room!!) The next line was directed at me, though: they’ve ... read more
Welcome to Hobbiton
Now, who lives in a hole like this
A Hobbiton butterfly

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington April 6th 2019

Autumn is certainly starting to show her colours. So with the end of the summer fast approaching we set off on a trip to enjoy the last off the summer {and the wine }. Di and I along with Annemarie and Corrado left home and spent a couple of nights in Taupo then headed to one of my favourite areas in NZ. The Coromandal peninsula has always attracted me to it's great coast line with wonderful scenery, coves, estuaries, small towns, big towns, but most of all it's beautiful beaches. Great surf beaches, gentle beaches, popular beaches and my favourite, secluded beaches. I first traveled there with my brother Nick and friend Wayne as a mid teen, enjoying the summer holidays for a few years and always working on the tan. I have returned a number ... read more
Waikato River, Taupo.
Refreshments at Whitianga.
The Lost Springs. Whtianga.

Oceania » New Zealand March 29th 2019

Tak Vas zdravim od protinozcu! :) Viza, na ktere jsme sem na Zeland prijeli, se jmenuji Work&Holiday.. Uz druhy tyden se nam to pomalu z toho Holiday meni na Work.. Ale jen tak napul.. na takovy dobrovolny Work. Zatim je to takova mala rozcvicka, protoze kdyz nekolik mesicu nic poradne aktivniho nedelate, muze Vam dat prvnich par dni docela zabrat. Takze dobrovolniceni.. za par hodin prace mate ubytovani a nekdy jidlo. Po zbytek dne muzete delat co chcete. Spat (moje cinnost v prvnich dnech), jit na plaz, vyletovat, cokoliv.. Na prvni farme, teda farme.. proste 10 hektaru lesa, zahrady a sadu, jsme za ctyri hodiny prace, a nekdy ne uplne lehke, meli jidlo a ubytko, se vsim co jsme chteli. Reknu Vam, mit na obed takovej senvic s domacim avokadem a zeleninou, k tomu vodu s ... read more
Zahrada na farme
Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island March 28th 2019

Es ist mal wieder Zeit für einen Blogbeitrag und diesmal geht es mir gar nicht so leicht von der Hand wie sonst und ich stelle fest, wie ich das nun doch schon 2 Tage vor mir herschiebe. Teils der Umstände halber und teils auch weil ich selber nicht genau weiß was ich diesmal berichten möchte oder auch überhaupt kann. Aber es hilft ja nichts und deshalb habe ich mich nun aufgerafft einfach mal anzufangen und zu schauen wohin die Reise geht. Zumindest was das titelgebende Kernthema angeht. Die Mission Coromandel. Aber bevor ich dazu komme möchte ich nochmal kurz auf meine Aktivitäten hier in Paeroa eingehen. Diese Malereien auf meinen Armen stammen von meiner lieben Freundin Mel und nicht nur, dass sie ganz wunderbar ausschauen es ist auch fantastisch, dass sie das kann und warum sie ... read more
Mel´s Koerpermalerei 2
Mond- und Sternennaechte 1
Mond- und Sternennaechte 2

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