Category Archive: New Zealand

Jan 12 2015

New Zealand: conclusions and tips

  29 days (and only 3 rainy days); 11 days hiking, 147km of kiwi paths walked; 1493km driving on the left; $150 fine (I totally deserved that. .); $50 won in a pub’s raffle 😀 0 kiwi birds spotted, 0 kiwi fruits eaten (the kiwi fruits in the supermarkets were from Italy!); 2 barbecues; Many …

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Jan 11 2015

Auckland (and the 3 volcanoes climbing challenge)

We arrived to Auckland on Friday afternoon and it was time to say good bye to Nathalie and the car. After four weeks on the road and sleeping in camp sites, I felt I deserved a small single room all for myself so I booked 3 nights at Auckland YMCA, time enough to discover the …

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Jan 07 2015

The South of North Island

After Tongariro, Nathalie wanted to see the Waitomo Caves and I couldn’t say no! Waitomo Caves are famous for its impressive stalactites and stalagmites but what it makes these caves unique are its glow worms. These bugs exist only in New Zealand and have luminescent organs that produce a greenish light. The bugs hang from …

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Jan 04 2015

Mythical Tongariro Crossing!

After crossing the Cook Strait by ferry, we arrived at Wellington, New Zealand’s city capital.  In Wellington I picked up Nathalie, who will be traveling with me around the North Island. Our first challenge together was the mythical Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of my New Zealand’s musts! The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is an extending hike …

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Jan 01 2015

The North of South Island

After Wanaka, it was time to go north, along the West Coast. The views were beautiful but the road was so narrow and winding that it was difficult to stop to take pictures. One nice stop was the 15 minute walk loop in Punakaiki National Park to see its “Pancake Rocks”. These rocks are limestone formations that …

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Dec 28 2014

Queenstown and Wanaka

Queenstown and Wanaka are two towns located in the centre of South Island, by two beautiful lakes. Queenstown is known as the capital of adventure sports, the capital of adrenaline, while Wanaka is more relaxing. Both towns are an excellent base for hiking as well. We set the base camp in Queenstown for two days. …

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Dec 25 2014

A day on the Routeburn Track

After one day of full rest, I was ready for another hike. The Routeburn Track stretches 32 kilometres through the Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks and along the way passes a huge variety of landscapes. The three to four day Routeburn Track offers up fantastic views and is one of the most popular tracks in …

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Dec 23 2014

Milford Track (part two)

Day 3 Even if we walked less kilometers, this was the hardest day of the trek (14km, 400m up and 1000m down, 7hrs). The day started climbing up to Mackinnon Pass and Memorial, the highest point of the track at 1.154m. After two days, the backpack was lighter but I also was more tired so …

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Dec 21 2014

Milford Track (part one)

Quintin Mackinnon and Ernest Mitchell were the first Europeans to travel overland from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound in 1888 and their route became the world famous Milford Track. Today MilfordTrack, a 54 km and 4 days trek through Fiordland National Park, is considered one of the 9 New Zealand’s Great Walks and the …

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Dec 18 2014

Aoraki (Mt Cook National Park)

After two days visiting Christchurch, I went to pick up the camper van booked for my NZ road trip. The camper van is one of the cheapest ways to travel around New Zealand with total freedom because they are super well equipped. My flashy Jucy camper van was small but it had everything I needed: a …

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