Chapter 5: Taupo and Tongariro Crossing [New Zealand Series 17/18]

Location: Taupo and Tongariro Crossing Hostel: Haka Lodge Taupo To do: Walk around Taupo and enjoy the scenery; Huka Falls; Tongariro Crossing Doing the Tongariro Crossing stands as one of the top 5 best things I did in New Zealand, so I definitely recommend you do it. The only thing I’d say is that if you don’tContinue reading “Chapter 5: Taupo and Tongariro Crossing [New Zealand Series 17/18]”

Chapter 4: Matamata & Rotorua [New Zealand Series 17/18]

Location: Matamata & Rotorua (North Island) Hostel: Rotorua Downtown Backpackers To do: Hobbiton (too obvious?), Tamaki Maori Village Evening Experience (with Intercity) If there is one regret I have from my trip to New Zealand is to not have stayed for an extra day in Rotorua. I had more than enough time and I missed out on a fewContinue reading “Chapter 4: Matamata & Rotorua [New Zealand Series 17/18]”

Chapter 3: Paihia – Bay of Islands [New Zealand Series 17/18]

Location: Paihia – Bay of Islands (North Island) Hostel: Haka Lodge – Bay of Islands To do: Haruru Falls trek, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Full day tour to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach (with Intercity). I was finally out of a city environment and on the way to the New Zealand I’ve always wanted to see. I gotContinue reading “Chapter 3: Paihia – Bay of Islands [New Zealand Series 17/18]”

Chapter 3: Auckland [New Zealand Series 17/18]

Location: Auckland (New Zealand) Hostel: Metro Adventurer Backpackers, Auckland Unfortunately I don’t have a lot to say about Auckland since I only stayed there for a night when I landed and then for a day when I was on my way to Rotorua. If you’re staying in the city centre and don’t have a lot of timeContinue reading “Chapter 3: Auckland [New Zealand Series 17/18]”

Chapter 2: The flights [New Zealand Series 17/18]

There’s a reason why I’m specifically writing about the looong flights from London to New Zealand and back…. It was tough, it was funny and it hurt! Let me start by saying it took me a good 5 months to book my flights and realise I was not going to get any reasonable flights forContinue reading “Chapter 2: The flights [New Zealand Series 17/18]”

Chapter 1: A long-expected travel adventure [New Zealand Series 17/18]

I’ve been wanting to go to New Zealand since 2001. That’s 17 years ago, after I first watched The Lord of the Rings and then read all the books. Trust me when I say this….when you wait so long to do something, the impact it has on you is huge. In the next few postsContinue reading “Chapter 1: A long-expected travel adventure [New Zealand Series 17/18]”