The week has been an awful up and down. Freedom camping around Auckland while waiting for the buyer of our camper van to transfer the money to our account. Caused us a couple of sleepless night but the transaction is finally complete and we’re looking forward to new adventures. We booked a spontaneous flight to my beloved host parents in Brisbane and will spend the weekend with Nicola and Brian and with three cute dogs (speaking of dreams coming true).
Our time in New Zealand is over and I’m having goosebumps when I think of the overwhelming amount of experiences we had in such a time span. We’re leaving behind a lot of beautiful places and lovely people, and it’s right to feel sad about a chapter closing. That’s why I’ve packed some of our experiences into a slideshow that I would like to share with you. Enjoy.
I’ve always loved the sight of snow covered mountains, steep terrain, crystal clear Rivers and you don’t need to be a mountaineer to feel that way. Nadine and me were both excited about leaving Great Lake Taupo behind and visiting New Zealand’s oldest National Park. This park does not only feature ski fields and superb tramps but also geothermal phenomena. The three highest peaks Mt Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Ngauruhoe are all active volcanoes. Two of them erupting last in 2012.
After staying on a dairy farm near Tairua we headed south towards Whakatane where our current host was waiting for us. We had 3 whole days for the trip, so plenty of time for sightseeing, hiking and stretching out the legs.
Working is a necessity when travelling long-term but can be pleasant when done while staying with locals and having opportunities to learn new things. Wwoofing makes that possible. It’s a system where people like us work for and live with farmers in the widest sense. As Wwoofers you help your host for approx. five hours a day or whatever length both sides feel comfortable with. In return you receive free accommodation and meals but also get the chance to learn new skills and about a completely new lifestyle. That opportunity is unique when you consider that most people spend their whole life in one and the same job and don’t find the time to try out new things.
After two months in Auckland it was time for us to pack our belongings and head north. We had missed out on a special culinary experience during our stay and therefore decided to catch up and visit „Giapo“ on the evening prior departure.
Just 45 min from Auckland City, Piha Beach it is the most popular destination of the Waitakere Coast. It’s also the only beach that has some commercialization (a shop, a superette, a fish n’ chips shop and a café). Apparently there’s a lot of action going on in summer and Aucklanders crowd the place, especially for the surf. We visited on a super-sunny and quiet winter day and are thankful for that.
We have arrived in New Zealand! The OKAY for a flatshare in Auckland came on Wednesday 20th May. We had been hiding out in Brisbane’s suburbs for a few weeks, writing applications and searching for a room to rent over the winter months. We have had a wonderful reunion with the Lunn family and we enjoyed the time together but were also glad not to have to outstay their hospitality. So we booked a spontaneous and pricey flight for Saturday morning, packed our bags and said an honest and sincere “See you!”.