If you are going to visit New Zealand there is only one way to do it…
In a campervan!
We rented from Escape Campervans, which is a company best known for their uniquely painted vans. They have hundreds of different vans with a wide range of colors and themes- from Bob Marley to Pacman. We made our decision based on the recommendation of a friend living in New Zealand, but there are hundreds of other companies
At 12,217ft, Mt. Cook is the highest point in all of New Zealand. Not in the same league, altitude-wise, as many of the world’s more famous peaks but a legend to climbers all the same.
It’s an extremely difficult climb and many a climber have succumbed to avalanches or the steep ridges you’re forced to maneuver on the way to the peak.
So with this in mind, Jenna and I didn’t climb it 🙂
As we’ve said, New Zealand has a lot of good hiking (I think I was previously quoted as saying they had 8 billion hiking trails but again I’m rounding) but there are a few that are not simply classified as good, but rather great.
There are 9 hikes throughout the North and South islands that are so stunningly beautiful they have been deemed the country’s Great Walks. These hikes range from 2-5 days and pretty much
New Zealand has about 8 billion beautiful small hikes (I’m rounding) and the Diamond Lake track near Wanaka is one of the best we were lucky enough to try.
Check it out!
We visited the world famous Franz-Josef and Fox Glaciers on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island and while still beautiful, they’re just a shell of what they used to be thanks to rising global temperatures.
Check out the sign in the 4th photo for evidence of how far they’ve receded in just a few years.
Guess what Fox News? It’s real.
While traveling (especially in a campervan) each day is an adventure, and each adventure is jam packed with new experiences. The days no longer blend together and each is a collection of distinct memories. Some memories are more noteworthy than others but the very best (or maybe unforgettable) ones combine excitement, novelty, hospitality, and of course, a little (or a lot) of stupidity!
On this particular day that we will likely never forget, Chris and I
Of the many must-see’s in New Zealand, we heard again and again that the collision of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea at Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of the country, was not to be missed – so after our first (wonderful) night’s sleep in good ‘ol Liberty we made like Floridians in the summertime and headed north.
On the drive we took a pitstop at the Bay of Islands and hiked for a couple
With as much planning and preparation as we had done for this trip there was one major thing we purposefully skipped each time we discussed the trip; where we were sleeping the first night in the van. Or the second. Or the thirty after that.
We wanted to keep our schedule open so we wouldn’t be bogged down by ‘having’ to be somewhere – but instead be open to spontaneous new experiences (which is the way