Journal: 'New Zealand'

Happy New Year 2006!

Sunday 1 January 2006

On Boxing Day we mostly sat along the road side in St. Arnaud… untill we finally got picked up. Our second lift (by an expat German guy) to0k us to Nelson, where we stayed for 2 days. Apart from shopping, movies, and lazing I arranged a get-together with Matt’s (he stayed at my house during […]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday 26 December 2005

I hope you all enjoyed the festive period wether it be with or without the family or friends, at home or somewhere exotic. Amanda and I went to the Nelson Lakes National Park for a 3-day hike, arriving at the tiny Speargrass hut on Christmas Eve to spend the last night crammed in with 7 […]

Crossing the Cook Strait -> Dunedin

Saturday 17 December 2005

We walked from the train station along the harbour front to the Te Papa (National Museum of New Zealand) and guess who was sitting there?! Nina! By text message I had found out that she arrived in Wellington a few hours before. She took us to Rowena’s Lodge Backpackers, seemingly the only place in/near the […]

Eastland -> Gisborne -> Wellington

Wednesday 14 December 2005

A Dutch couple gave us a lift from the East Cape back to Te Araroa. I had a quick look at the “World’s largest Puhutukawa Tree”. Stocked up with fresh bread and drinking water we hit the road again. The highway took us up a sweat-breaking hill. Raindrops started falling and a snappy Maori […]

Bay of Plenty -> East Cape

Monday 5 December 2005

We missed the last bus at 6.23 pm out of Tauranga… so we followed the road signs in order to get to Hwy 2 towards Whakatane. When we left the city via Cameron st we just could not resist using the Domino’s Pizza docket to obtain a cheaper pizza. I haven’t had a (good) pizza […]