Category Archives: New Zealand

Aotearoa Road Trip

Three months in New Zealand, you’d think we would manage to see most of this relatively small country! But no, people are always asking us “did you see…?” “did you go to…?” oh well, we’ll have to come back! Aotearoa is the Maori name for the country, and is commonly translated as Land of the Long White Cloud, which is not actually accurate. There are several variations, but Long Pale (or white) Cloud is generally accepted. Continue reading Aotearoa Road Trip

Arthur’s Pass to Akaroa

As part of our New Zealand road trip, while in the South Island, we drove over Arthur’s Pass to Christchurch and the Banks Peninsula. There is stunning scenery over Arthur’s Pass, it’s a shame it was raining so much we really didn’t want to do any walking. Continue reading Arthur’s Pass to Akaroa

Kaikoura to Nelson

While we were road-tripping in New Zealand, we spent several weeks in the South Island of New Zealand, and during that time we drove from Kaikoura to Nelson. Continue reading Kaikoura to Nelson

Rotorua & Coromandel

During our time in New Zealand’s North Island, we spent a few days in the geo-thermal area of Rotorua, and enjoyed the hot springs, and a beautiful scenic zipline through the tree canopy.  Continue reading Rotorua & Coromandel

Dive Poor Knights

Chris and I are keen scuba-divers, and while we’re in New Zealand we decided to dive the Poor Knights, in the north of the North Island, as it’s generally rated to be a superb dive location. Well, the ratings are right, how incredible!  Continue reading Dive Poor Knights

Stewart & Ulva Islands

Drive south, past Christchurch, south past Dunedin, south through the beautiful Catlins, around the south-east corner of the South Island of New Zealand, leave your car in Bluff and board a ferry, head south…. to the Roaring Forties, to Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third island!   Continue reading Stewart & Ulva Islands

Dunedin – the Edinburgh of the South!

Dunedin in the South Island of New Zealand calls itself the Edinburgh of the South, but I’m not sure I see it.

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Cycling through Middle-earth

~ Biking the Otago Central Rail Trail

No wonder Peter Jackson chose New Zealand to shoot the Lord of the Rings series of films – stunning scenery, craggy mountains, endless rolling hills, greenery galore. Central Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, is a beautiful area. Continue reading Cycling through Middle-earth