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.
I was looking forward to seeing – and more than that, being on – a glacier, and Franz Jozef is the most famous one. This, despite suffering from vertigo.
A month into my New Zealand itinerary, I felt I couldn’t afford a leisurely day and arranged a walk in Abel Tasman NP with its handsome beaches and panoramic views
I arrived in Picton with the ferry from Wellington. As I entered the Marlborough Sounds I almost couldn’t believe my eyes. This area is like a paradise! The Marlborough Sounds […]
This blog post talks about museums in New Zealand and Canada and highlights a visit to the National Archive that keeps the original Waitangi Treaty.
My hike in the Tongariro National Park was drenched with white-knuckled and terrified moments.
Close to Rotorua is the Whakarewarewa Forest that has giant Californian redwoods where I walked for many hours. I also went to tourist hangout Wai-o-Tapu with Lady Knox Geyser.
Close to Rotorua is Waimangu Valley where Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886. Prior to the devastation people sighted the phantom war canoe that was believed to be a sign of death.
When I think of Rotorua, a couple of memories come back. The biggest one is the impressive Tamaki Māori Village, the large population of Māori, and the smell.
I visited Hamilton, and except for visiting the Theme Gardens and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, there’s nothing going on..
Close to Auckland you will find a little jewel of an island if you love hiking. Rangitoto Island has a myriad of walking trails and is easy to reach with the ferry.