Christchurch and Banks Peninsula

Our last bit of the south island before our return was the beautiful Banks peninsula. It sticks out just next to Christchurch and is roughly 80 km long and very hilly. The main town is called Akaroa and draws heavily on its French roots. Apart the French bakeries, flags and street names, it did not…

Dunedin and the penguin

We left Balclutha and drove to Dunedin which was a little busy when we arrived. After a fair bit of searching, we found a cheap parking space near the station and walked to see the most photographed building in New Zealand. We thought we could spend a fair amount of time walking around Dunedin and…

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…

It’s mint in Perth

The capital of Western Australia was a very modern and flashy city with lots of green. It was also the oldest town along the west coast. City planners had left many green spaces for parks which made the city look and feel much more livable. During our second stint in Perth we stayed with a…