Long time no write, again. I decided to go to New Zealand from Bali which was super last minute. Joe (who I had met in Bali) was there and suggested I come meet him. I have wanted to go to NZ for ages and this seemed like the perfect time to go.
I flew from Denpasar, Bali to Sydney, Australia then from Sydney I landed in Auckland, NZ where I was greeted by Joe at the airport. I feel bad because I didn’t expect to see him there and I was so out of it and tired, was happy to see him though!
First thoughts on New Zealand; very similar to Canada, super clean, so green, and the people were extremely kind!
We spent the first few nights in Auckland at a hostel called Base. Being in Auckland was the first time I felt homesick, their city really reminded me of Victoria and I hadn’t really seen any Christmas decorations or anything until I got there. Auckland was a cool city though, pretty small but super clean and there were some cool shops. Joe and his friend Tom who I was also traveling with were buying a car in the city so we could start our road trip. The picked up the purple Mitsubishi Lagnum and we were on the road to explore the North Island of NZ. Before hitting the road we had to pick up a bunch of camping supplies, the boys bought tents, air beds, cooking gear, and we all bought pillows, sleeping bags, and some snacks to get us started.
Our first stop on the North Island was a town called Piha. Was a small town where the boys did a bit of surfing and we did our first free camp near the beach. After Piha we were off to Raglan which was one of my favorite places we stopped. It’s like a glorified Tofino. The water in Raglan was so blue and the trees and wildlife were so green, so lovely. The boys were hoping for a surf there but unfortunately there were no waves. That’s okay, we explored the town and had a fun night out.
To be honest the rest of the stops on the North Island are a bit of a blur. We had some hits and some misses for sure though. Oh, and the car broke down so we were stuck in a town called Waikato ( I think) for a few days, was nice to just chill and relax though as it felt like we were running around like crazy until then. While we were in Waikato we did the Tongario Alpine Crossing hike/walk. 19km of walking and hiking around an active volcano. We didn’t have the best weather for this adventure it was super foggy and started raining on our way down. It was still so cool though, and it totally killed us we were so beat after and were sore for a couple days. I’m really glad we did that trek though.
The next town we went to we got to do some dark water rafting through caves that were lit up by glow worms. This was also super fun. We got kitted up in the thickest wetsuits, jackets, boots, and strapped our helmets on. I was kind of nervous because I am pretty claustrophobic but I decided to continue facing my fears. The water was FREEZING but it was so worth it to float down rivers in caves, looking up at the tops of the caves was amazing, looked like you were staring at stars but it was just hundreds of glow worms.
I spent a lot of time in the back seat of the car gazing out the window at the beautiful scenery. Also had some good laughs with the boys, I think they think I am the biggest idiot (which I am) haha.
We didn’t do too much more on the North Island mostly just explored and did our camping – but we were soon off to the South Island which I was super stoked about. I really wish I had more time to explore the South Island because I was in love with the small part of the island that I was able to explore. I only had 3 days on the South Island because I had to be in Queenstown to catch my flight on the 17th. Queenstown was amazing though, reminded me of a miniature Whistler! I for sure want to go back and explore of the South Island.
This blog post seems all over the place mostly because I think I wanted to just enjoy my last couple weeks of traveling which I definitely did. Camping with some amazing guys from the UK in some of the most beautiful areas of New Zealand was a perfect way to end it all. So happy to have met Joe in Indo and to have explored NZ with him and Tom! So many tears were shed saying goodbye to the two of them and sitting in the airport reminiscing on how amazing this whole trip has been!
Landing in Auckland, NZ
The gang on our hike!
Had to throw this one in. Tom caught me in my natural element (eating all the food scraps) haha they really got to know the real me.
My backseat view
One of our free campsites where we were attacked by insane flies.
Some beach laughs
This was my seat in the car.
My last night in NZ. Campsite was on point.
My airport home.
Back in the sky. Currently in Melbourne, AUS. Two more stops (Bali and Taipei) and I’ll be back home.