Franz Josef, New Zealand

The weather just wasn’t improving so we knew that our much anticipated Franz Josef heli-hike was on dangerous ground. We had been warned that they often have to cancel if the weather is bad, so we sort of expected it as we walked into the office at 7.30 for our potential adventure. They had a…

Punakeiki, New Zealand

The next morning we set off in a long drive to Punakeiki in the pouring rain. It hammered it down nearly all of the way and I had a couple of dodgy turns which held us up. I’ve been suffering from quite bad sugar crashes for a week or so, maybe I’m heading into a…

Kaiteriteri, Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

After a bit of drama with the ferry crossing we made it across to South Island largely unscathed. We headed through the Marlborough region across to the Abel Tasman National Park and were totally enamoured by the stunning Eco Resort that Charlotte had selected for us. It was really beautifully done and we had a…

Wellington, New Zealand

They say that Wellington is New Zealand’s answer to Melbourne which, you may have heard, has become my favourite city in the world. I had pretty high expectations for it and was delighted to find that we were located on the funky Cuba Street, where much of the arty scene resides. I did a bit…

Waitomo, New Zealand

To say I was nervous about Waitomo would be an understatement. I knew it involved cold water, glow worms and jumping off a waterfall backwards and that was enough to keep the experience whirling through my mind for the months leading up to the trip. Waitomo is a tiny tiny little place but the tourists…

Rotorua, New Zealand

The stench of Rotorua is unimaginable. Unless you’ve actually stuck your head in an oven of sulphur you just couldn’t begin to comprehend the potent, eggy, thick wafts that overwhelm your senses. I swear I could taste it. It turns out that being one of the most geothermally active places on the planet has its…

The Coromandel, New Zealand

The Coromandel Peninsula is a pretty famous part of North Island so we took the drive to check it out. We arrived at the infamous Hot Water Beach at around low tide so we knew we were there at the right time to experience this freaky phenomenon. Basically the sand and the water coming up…

Aukland, New Zealand

Arriving in New Zealand was a bit of a shock to the system after the gorgeous hot weather of Australia. We were greeted by the all too familiar sight of grey skies and drizzling rain- a little taste of home I suppose! We hoped into town with the help of uber and met with the…