Farewell Spit to the West Coast

We had left ourselves four days to travel between Abel Tasman and the west coast, and due to the changing weather and Zoë’s blistered feet, we had our decision made for us. We set off to chase the sunny weather along to Farewell Spit rather than go inland to the rainy mountains. The drive was…

Abel Tasman

One of New Zealands biggest draw cards for many people is hiking (locally known as tramping). The most famous and scenic are known as great walks: Milford trek, Kepler trek, Abel Tasman or the Northern Circuit are the most popular. Among them Abel Tasman is the only great walk that can be tramped all year…

Pelorus sound and some yummy mussels

Continuing our journey westwards, we were destined for a lovely lunch stop at Havelock. Havelock is a small town with a few claims to fame, but most recently it’s green lipped mussels. We stopped by the Mussel Pot just in time for lunch. Matthias tucked into huge mussels in a delicious white wine cream sauce,…

Backtracking to Marlborough Sound

A short stop in Christchurch gave us enough time to organise ourselves and pick up a car for almost 6 weeks. We were both excited to be free from bus timetables and less like pack horses. We easily filled the boot of our Toyota yaris with our bags, camping gear and most importantly food. Then…

Windy Wellington boots

Our last stop on the north island was the capital of New Zealand: Wellington. Even though Auckland is much bigger, Wellington was selected because is is much closer to the south island. We arrived there after a 3 hour bus journey from Palmerston North. Our plan was to couchsurf and all had fallen apart on…