New Zealand in Summary

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New Zealand in Summary

What we did: 50 days total- a little more than three weeks on the north island, and three+ weeks on the south island. Where we went: five days in Auckland, five days traveling the famed Surf Highway 45, two weeks working for our host family in Torbay (who taught us some incredible Italian recipes that [...]

Chillin' at the CHC

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Chillin’ at the CHC

With dirt under our nails and a feeling of desperation from far too much time in the uber close proximity of an old toyota van, we were all too eager to return our dear Campervan to it’s keepers. Back in Christchurch and happy to be away from the outdoors, we failed to realize that the [...]

dolphin sighting!

Three weeks in a Campervan has made us tired of camp sites and the constant search for clean water and public restrooms. With three days left, we were ready to find one last spot to wander around before making our preparations for Christchurch airport. Cramped up in the van at our little table, we scanned [...]

Little Town with a Big Sky

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Little Town with a Big Sky

There are days where life seems to be simple without trying. Worry free and reminiscent of something you can’t quite pin point. The town of St. Bathans seems to sell this by the pint. On our quest to experience as many of the fee free campsites as possible, we find ourselves now, in a remote [...]

Glacier trekking

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Glacier trekking

We’ve been watching the weather report incessantly since reaching the west coast, taking refuge in a historic little hostel in Greymouth and waiting for the best opportunity to hike the Franz Josef Glacier. People have warned us repeatedly about the chaotic weather sent in from the Tasman Sea. It’s hugely challenging to predict and can [...]

Greymouth- the big city

Tipping over the west coast range and passing through old mining towns and tiny villages, we made our way west towards the Tasman Sea. Next stop: Greymouth. The gateway to the infamous glaciers and the largest city on the west coast. We exhaled with delight- the city would be welcomed warmly after a few days [...]

Climbing Mt Patutu

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Climbing Mt Patutu

Slightly pushing our budget isn’t hard here on the south island. As a cost cutting measure, we decided to opt with as many free camp sites as possible. Choosing a free campground across the street from the ocean seemed like a good start. Luckily it calmed our worries about the state of the free sites: [...]

Pacific Fur Seals

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Pacific Fur Seals

Driving north up the coast from Christchurch we found ourselves stunned by the location of the highway- directly along the ocean despite all odds or caution. Roadway engineers clearly had no concerns about making this road as beautiful as possible, despite the sharp curves, one way tunnels, and narrow roadways necessary to do so. Clearly, [...]