Hi lovely people! Just a quick update from this side of the world: After so many days snoozing in Wellington it was time to move on – up the coast to Taranaki. The drive is about five hours but of course it took me way longer – stopping at beautiful beaches, putting my feet into the black sand, watching the waves and just soaking up the sunshine. T-Shirt weather, finally! Enjoy your sunday while I enjoy another night of much needed sleep.
We recently went on a little road trip along the shores of Lake Wanaka – the lake we all live at. We drove via Glendhu Bay to the access road to Treble Cone where we hiked up to a waterfall, had a little chat to the local sheep and just enjoyed some fresh air and time off. On our way back we had a little picnic on one of the local beaches and finished our trip with coffee in front of a fire at a local café. Thanks girls for a relaxing day out! Photos below by fellow road trippers Sanna, Manuela, Selina and myself.
It’s quite late over here and I’m wasted after the long drive but I have finally arrived in Wanaka. Will tell you more about the house and the flatmates tomorrow – once I have dropped off my reliable 4WD friend (we encountered a snowstorm!). Have a good weekend!
After yesterday’s ferry ride I still made it down to Kaikoura, a small city on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Probably missed a scenic drive as the road winds down along the coast but being already dark I could not see that. I found a wonderful beachside hostel in the bay and was stoked when I woke up to these views. That definitely made getting up early for a long day of driving a lot easier.
Last time I passed through the little town Hawera this photo emerged… Sorry, only funny for Austrians (you need to know the language to get the joke) and only the weird ones with a similar humour to Maggie and mine’s. My apologies to all the others who don’t find this funny.
After a long and sad good-bye from dog Ruby I drove down the West Coast to New Plymouth last night, an absolutely scenic drive – especially along the Awakino River and the Arorangi Scenic Reserve – accompanied by another stunning sunset. Rob lives in New Plymouth and it was a great opportunity to visit his family on my way down south. Warm welcoming hugs and a delicious roast awaited me and I also got some advice for my crochet project as Rob’s Mum is a savvy knitter. And I got to spend some time with the lovely cat Mog (which helped a lot easing my pain over missing Ruby). After a warm night under two duvets I was treated with lush porridge and coffee this morning and given tupperware that contains my lunch for the drive down to Wellington today. I seriously reconsider marrying Rob now. Thanks to the whole family for having me and making me feel so welcome at your house – hope I can return all that hospitality one day.
My time is Auckland is almost over and I am just about to leave to travel all the way across New Zealand to Wanaka, my new home for the next couple of months. I had planned to fly down but lucky as I am I sorted a car that needs to be transferred from Auckland to Queenstown (which is just a mountain range further south from Wanaka). There’s also a couple of people I want to see as I travel south so I’ll stop in New Plymouth, Wellington and Christchurch before I get into my new home. I’ll try to keep you posted during my travels and also show you a picture of my new ride!