A Crazy Day to Celebrate a New Year

A little party never killed nobody Fergie – A little…   I have been asked how my birthday was like. Well, I spent it in Napier and since I didn’t know anyone, was my own company. And good company I was: I took myself for a stroll along a sunlit beach, went for dinner and […]

Lesson learned

Memo to me: Make sure you always check the location of the hostel and bus stop before booking. I usually do this, but this time I was too lazy and paid for it. Did you know that Napier has two bus stops for my bus company that are on the opposite sides of town, one […]

Maybe not Rely on Maps too Much

[Angry rant blog post warning.] There I was, innocently studying the map, scanning through brochures and inquiring at the information desk, looking for nice tours and walks that do not require renting a car or asking random strangers for a ride (public transport is basically nonexistent in Taupo). Result: my decision to walk up and […]

How to Hike to Taupo’s Huka Falls

Cloak, that is what gave the city Taupo its name. It is based on a Maori story about a chief who discovered this lake and was reminded by the cliffs of the cloak he wore. The, however, he was tricked by another newcomer, thinking he wasn’t the first to venture into this area and left, […]

Rainy Days in Hamilton

Why on earth did I think it was a good idea to come to Hamilton. A fellow traveller suggested I should visit since it looked “rather beautiful”. This small, rather boring town is actually New Zealand’s fourth largest city and apparently one of the greenest, too. It is a metropolis (which doesn’t show), actually and […]

Silly Travel Anecdote: Auckland

Here is another of my silly little anecdotes. This time it is from the chilly Auckland, which, apparently enjoys the warmest winter in forever (well, technically it is 140 years of record ). But what do I do? Freeze. All. The. Time. So much so, that I had to buy a new coat (despite my […]

Mountain Climbing and Island Hopping

Having shaken off the jetlag, I made my way around Auckland some more and went up Mt Eden, which is completely made up of volcanic stone and offers a spectacular view over Auckland. You can see far and wide and have the breeze brush your face and listen to the leaves rustle on the tropical […]