The World Around Us


New Zealand

A quick two-month tour through New Zealand in 2005 was fabulous and brought the needed change in Lisette’s travels ‘Down Under’. What I loved most about this archipelago is the diversity of its nature. I saw beaches, mountains, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes; just to name a few.

Lisette treasures the views locked up in her mind from the top of the Tongariro Crossing where she died a thousand deaths due to her fear of heights. Vastly different is the amazing Queen Charlotte Track close to Picton; what a magnificent place to hike.

New Zealand is the place to go for trekking and hiking!

Please note this is a personal blog about traveling around the world.


Art Deco Napier

Last few days in New Zealand

The last few days I spent wandering through a few places: Napier, Mt. Manganui, Thames, Whitianga.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 30, 2005

109-Lake Tekapo

Tiny Church of the Good Shepherd

Wonderful Tekapu showcases a blue glacial lake, a lazy atmosphere and a mountainous backdrop with only one building alongside the edge, a small church.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 16, 2005


Beautiful Dunedin

The first city worth visiting after all the small places I saw for the past week or so was Dunedin. It has an interesting history and fascinating architecture.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 14, 2005

New Zealand

Seasickness on Stewart Island

At the far south of New Zealand, literally where Highway One ends, you can catch a ferry to Stewart Island or Rakiura for a good hike.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 10, 2005


Magnificent Milford Sound

I ended up taking a daytrip to Milford Sound. My best advise for a budget traveler is to save every penny you have and head down – it’s worth it!

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 8, 2005


Queenstown from the air

Before I share the story with you about offering myself up for another crazy adventure in my continuing efforts to confront my irrational fear of heights, here a crazy jet boat-ride story.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 6, 2005


Wanaka and its lakes

The mountains of the national park are giving the Wanaka area the rugged backdrop, while Lake Wanaka provides the town and park with quiet, rippling, reflections.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: March 4, 2005