I know I’ve had the longest break from here. But I think I’m going to update this thing, so called blog, now. Because I did something amazing last month… wait for it… I made a roadtrip around New Zealand! And I took sooo many pictures. At least that’s what it felt like, until I looked through them and realized I didn’t even use half of my 64gb… Whatever. This might become more of a short novell, But power through it if you want to… at least I’ve warned you.
To start off let’s talk about what I brought with me on this trip. Because I went to France straight afterwards I needed to bring a bit more than I needed for the roadtrip in particular. I didn’t even touch half of the stuff i brought. However I can tell you that I didn’t bring much to start with. My KÅNKEN backpack and a tiny suitcase (carry on size). Just for convenience I’m going to list the things I used and found super necessary.
- Good shoes for long walks/hikes
- Birkenstock (it was nice to have slip in shoes, quick and easy)
- Rain jacket
- Soft black pants and shirts (promise that black was the most useful colour)
- Adidas training jacket (took it from mom’s closet and I used it every day)
- AUX cord (music in the car is always a good plus)
- Car charger for my phone
- Deck of cards (good for killing time, electricity was a luxury)
- Sketch block and pens (good for the same reason as above)
- Hygiene products (I didn’t wear make-up but deodorant is a must, trust me)
- Washing powder (trust me, you will need it)
Let’s begin the story by saying that the first thing you should have is a partner in crime or a skill of entertaining yourself. I had an Amanda and together we rented a campervan for two. And let’s say that we picked the cheapest we found and we’ll leave it at that. It was totally fine and thankfully it held up the whole month.
We had a pre-made plan over our route with some extra time to stop for photos and do some sightseeing. But even though we got stuck in Taupo for a couple of days due to rain we somehow ended up with a week left. In hindsight it was kind of nice. It ended up being a week where we planned as we went along. We had the time to drive all the way up to the very north even if it wasn’t in our original plan.
Our journey began in Christchurch. We drove all the way down to Slope point and then up along the west coast. And on the way we visited Milford Sound, Queenstown and met up with a friend in Wanaka. On our way towards Picton (where we were going to take a ferry over to the north island) we drove through Arthurs Pass and went past Abel Tasman, Motueka (WHERE WE SKYDIVED) and Nelson.
On the north island we ended up driving straight up towards Taupo and then Rotoura. We went up to Corromandel and then past Auckland on our way up to Cape Reinga. Our last stop before Auckland (from where we were catching our flights from NZ) was the 90 mile beach.
A good thing I did was to write down all the names of all the stops we did, might come in handy one day or just for my memory. And we cooked our food in the back of the van. The cheapest supermarket was Pak ‘n Save, which was literally our lifesaver. Our very versatile menu consisted of porridge and chickpea stew with couscous. Sometimes we were adventurous and had peanut butter on toast or switched the chickpeas to lentils. Not to say it was bad, in fact not at all.
Other than that we saw a lot of beautiful, breath taking, scenery. Lots of nature, ranging from sandy beaches to rocky mountains. We even managed to fit in a day at the museum. We had sunshine and an awful lot of rain. We got hit by another car from the back and went river rafting twice. We saw glowworms and cuddled with horses. We climbed a mountain and visited Hobbiton. We broke into a closed off beach and went kayaking. And to be fair we did a lot more but I don’t have the energy to write it all down, let alone, put it into words. So to wrap it up I’m gonna show you some photos in no particular order. And my journey continued and off to France I went.
Thanks New Zealand Amanda for an amazing month! ❤