New Zealand

User: emeister87
Dates: 9 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
Duration: 2 weeks, 1 day

Friday 24 Nov 2017 16:30

And we’re off! And celebrating Thanksgiving mid air with a nice vodka cranberry. Thanks New Zealand for sharing all your charms with us. So very grateful.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017, 3:30 a.m.

Friday 24 Nov 2017 10:28

Walking around the city for the last few hours, Queen St, Sky City, and Albert Park. Can’t believe it’s over! It’s been an amazing two weeks.

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 9:28 p.m.

Friday 24 Nov 2017 9:25

Auckland North Shore Cabin and Campgrounds. Last night here! It was also the first time we had “somewhat” trouble finding a campground. Cleaning/packing and airport bound. Bittersweet ❤️

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 17:52

Of all the zig zag roads through all the mountains, we encounter our first NZ traffic jam on a 2 lane highway to Auckland. Well, when in traffic in a camper van ....

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 4:52 a.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 16:07

Acknowledging this is the last long stretch in this van we’ve called home. Going to miss this seat next to Captain Ned.

Posted: Nov. 23, 2017, 3:07 a.m.

Thursday 23 Nov 2017 11:21

This beach lives up to it’s reputation. Cathedral Cove was absolutely beautiful. The hike through the ferns to be met by beautiful blue water, sandstone cliffs, and soft sand beach. Great way to spend the last full day!

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 20:38

Freedom camped at Waipoinga Reserve in Opoutere. 10 min walk through the forest to a quaint beach. Saw my first NZ shooting star!

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 7:38 a.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 18:05

We came, we saw, no surf at Waihi Beach. Glad we spent as much time in Tauranga!

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 5:05 a.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 14:43

Impromptu stop at one of our favorite places so far, Mt Maunganui, an extinct volcano that this awesome surf town was developed around in Tauranga. Absolutely beautiful hike with amazing views.

Posted: Nov. 22, 2017, 1:43 a.m.

Wednesday 22 Nov 2017 9:07

Camped at the Cozy Cottage Cabin and Camper-van. Great facility with natural geothermal fed hot pools and shovels for hire to dig your own hot pool on the beach beside the lake. Got in our routine breakfast now headed north!

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 20:50

Dinner/drinks downtown on Eat Street. Bustling little stretch within walking distance of camp with pubs and restaurants (and happy hour). Dinner at CBK was awesome and post dinner drinks at Brew with live music!

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 7:50 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 18:14

Walked through the geothermal parks of Rotorua. A bit ominous but so very unique. This entire town is full of activity right to the core!

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017, 5:14 a.m.

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017 10:25

3hrs in the redwood forest mountain biking. So much fun! Big Dipper was a favorite if anyone comes out here to bike, definitely check out Planet Bike

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 9:25 p.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 22:00

Making our way! Found a nice DOC campground 1hr shy of Rotorua. Stars were beautiful and the birds this morning were a pleasure to wake up to! (Sorry no picture! Crashed and got an early start!)

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 9 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 19:08

Tides were in our favor! We were able to walk out and see the Three Sisters, monoliths made of papa mudstone and sandstone. Beautiful walking through caves and around unique rocks.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 6:08 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 16:11

Surfing at Oakura through Vertigo Surf. No barrels but we definitely party waved

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017, 3:11 a.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 9:55

Spotted! Mt. Taranaki on the clearest of days driving surf highway 45. Oh, and some cows!

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

Monday 20 Nov 2017 9:04

Walk down the black sands of Patea Beach and spotted an old shipwreck of the SS Waitangi.

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 8:04 p.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 18:30

Wow did we cover some ground. Drove north to the Patea Beach Camp and were so charmed to find this place! The grounds were adorable with old rusted trampolines, swings, a slip and slide during the summer season, an old racing kayak, and a beach walk to the black sand beach up the way. Glynnis (owner) was such a sweetheart too!

Posted: Nov. 19, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 12:00

We made it! Landed in Wellington and went to Mexico for some delicious tacos before hitting the road. It’s sad to say goodbye to the South Island but even more exciting to finish out the trip up north!

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 11 p.m.

Sunday 19 Nov 2017 8:11

Sad to say goodbye but excited to see the North Island. Took the Bluebridge Ferry out of Picton to Wellington, camper-van and all!

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 22:00

Camping at Alexander’s Campground. Wasn’t glamorous but 5 min from the ferry? We’ll take it (and shower/do laundry!)... no picture necessary

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 9 a.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 19:35

Dinner at Oxley’s in Picton to watch the NZ vs Fiji rugby game. First time having green mussels!

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 6:35 a.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 17:03

MOA to try a local brewery. Pretty cool/relaxed vibe with good beer and an awesome food truck

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 4:03 a.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 16:24

Blenheim, Marlborough Sounds region for Sauvignon Blanc!

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017, 3:24 a.m.

Saturday 18 Nov 2017 9:52

Archer Track! 12 mile return forestry track that stretches around Elaine Bay towards Tennyson Inlet. Really beautiful with periodic waterfalls crossing the track and scenic views of the Sound.

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 8:52 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 20:00

Last night in the South Island. Made it all the way to Elaine Bay Campground. More switchback driving (thanks Ned) but landed in the beautiful fishing bay. The locals even had a little firework display!

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 7 a.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 18:31

Hello Nelson! Just getting gas and passing through the most city-like area we have been in since Christchurch. Lots of fishing here

Posted: Nov. 17, 2017, 5:31 a.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 12:30

Kahu Kayak out of Marahau at the beginning of the Southern Able Tasman Coast Trail. (arrangements made in Monteuka). It was an epic 3 hours kayak around Adele Island and Fisherman’s Island. Saw seals and a pod of DOLPHINS! I capitalize because they swam under and all around our kayaks. It was as the kiwis say, brilliant!

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Friday 17 Nov 2017 9:02

Takaka Holiday Camping and Cabins. Great facilities, shower, kitchen. And excellent starting point for our trip to the south AT.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 8:02 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 18:37

Decided to explore the less touristy part of the AT and did the Wainui Bay walk to Taupo Point. Caution- takes a solid hour from Moteuka to Takaka and this part of 60 is super beautiful but definition snakelike along mountainsides. Picnicked on the beach and would have been stranded by the tide if it wasn’t for Ned!

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 5:37 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 14:15

Hops on hops on hops! Super scenic drive. Decided to by-pass Nelson and send it to Takaka, the northern part of the AT.

Posted: Nov. 16, 2017, 1:15 a.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 12:18

Stop at the Red Barn Cafe and Animal Park. For $3 you can walk around and feed the animals, horses, pigs, sheep, peacocks, chickens! So worth the stop if you are passing through. Also have delicious treats (GF and vegetarian options)

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 11:18 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 11:26

Stop in Murchison for coffee and gas before heading out to Nelson. Cool little town with an information center for jet boating and white water rafting the Buller Gorge. Plenty of little sandwich shops and old mind antique shops.

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Thursday 16 Nov 2017 9:53

Lyell Campground down Old Ghost Road . Got here around 10pm last night. Woke up to a network of trails that ran to old mining huts and another trail to Lyell Cemetery that was littered and at one point blocked by the aftermath of recent rock slides. Could have spent longer here exploring!

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 8:53 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 20:27

Finished the hike just in time to catch the sunset! Breathtaking sunset over the Tasman Sea

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 7:27 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 18:30

Charming Creek Mill Hike to Watson Mills. The hike was along the old railway used for coal mining back in the late 1800s along the Ngakawau River. We encountered waterfalls, swinging bridges, tunnels, hidden staircases, and waterfalls!

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 15:31

Truman beach, Punakaiki, Dolomite Point, pancake rocks and blowholes! Oh - and the sun came out!

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 2:31 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 14:01

Gas up and beach visit in Greymouth. So much driftwood Kerry, you would go nuts!

Posted: Nov. 15, 2017, 1:01 a.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 12:07

Pit stop at Dorothy Falls. Only a 20 min drive from Hokitika Town and worth the stop.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 11:23

Stop in Hokitika! Favorite “cool little town” on the west coast so far. Adorable shops, restaurants, and coffee. Awesome place to shop and poke around for neat little souvenirs and gifts (@sunshinNZ) Off to the falls!

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 10:23 p.m.

Wednesday 15 Nov 2017 8:50

Heading out from the Top 10 Holiday Park Franz Josef. Not a bad day to cover some ground. Off to Westport!

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 19:38

Franz Josef Glacial Hike - cloudy at first but blue sky popped out just in time. Beautiful waterfalls accessible from the trail and others off in the distance in pretty much every direction.

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 6:38 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 15:53

Fox Glacier Track. It’s astounding how much the Glacier has receded. Still a humbling view

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 2:53 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 14:38

Knights Point lookout along our route to Fox Glacier

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 1:38 a.m.

Tuesday 14 Nov 2017 14:15

Haast Township Stop for gas. First sight of the coastline (Tasman Sea)

Posted: Nov. 14, 2017, 1:15 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 18:54

Diamond Lake Freedom Campground. Our favorite so far. Views were beautiful overlooking the mountains and waterfalls. Italian dinner night!

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 5:54 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 17:32

Quick stop to view Wishbone Waterfall

Posted: Nov. 13, 2017, 4:32 a.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 12:00

Rob Roy Glacier Track. Absolutely a must see. The drive out was pretty crazy - mostly washboard roads through farms of sheep and cow. Definitely work it!

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 11 p.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 10:24


Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 9:24 p.m.

Monday 13 Nov 2017 8:59

Shotover Jetboat on the Shotover River! Hairpin turns and 360’s in 10cm of water!

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 7:59 p.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 20:28

Last night In Queenstown at Lake Hayes Overnight Campground

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 7:28 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 17:40

Final stop, Asmifield Winery

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 4:40 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:28

Just cheesing ... and wining

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 3:28 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 16:05

Wine tasting at Chard Farm! Beautiful Pinot Noir’s

Posted: Nov. 12, 2017, 3:05 a.m.

Sunday 12 Nov 2017 9:41

Ned takes on Queenstown Mountain Biking

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 8:41 p.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 16:34

Hanggliding at Coronet!

Posted: Nov. 11, 2017, 3:34 a.m.

Saturday 11 Nov 2017 11:38

Top of Queenstown Track

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 10:38 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 19:36

Pit stop in Twizel for delicious food and happy hour drinks at MOW, grocery stock up and water refill before sending it to Queenstown!

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 6:36 a.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 14:14

Hooker Valley Track to Mt Cook Lookout

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017, 1:14 a.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 12:05

Tasman Glacial Lookout

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 10:03

Lake Pukaki lookout of Mount Cook

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 9:03 p.m.

Friday 10 Nov 2017 9:31

First night at Lake Tekapo - beautiful walk around the lake in the morning and our first sight of lupines

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 18:56

Mount Somer falls hike

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 5:56 a.m.

Thursday 9 Nov 2017 15:23

Here we go! Two adventurers, two islands, one Toyota Camper-van, and a whole bunch of ideas

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017, 2:23 a.m.

New Zealand

User: emeister87
Dates: 9 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
Duration: 2 weeks, 1 day

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