If there’s one thing about New Zealand that never ceases to amaze me, it’s how quickly the weather and landscape can change. One moment we’re standing on a beach in t-shirts, and the other bundled up on a mountain throwing snowballs.

We’ve driven past beaches, over bridges, through gorges and even across what looked like lunar landscapes.

During our last roadtrip we saw all of the above within a timeframe of 72 hours. Continue reading “DRIVING THROUGH MORDOR”



If there’s one thing I remember about Rotorua, it’s that lovely, penetrating rotten egg smell. However, after having a look around all Rotorua has to offer, that smell quickly disappears to the background (well.. to a certain extent).

Nicknamed ‘Sulphur City’, Rotorua’s distinctive smell comes from the hydrogen sulphide emissions in the area. I learned that because of this, people sometimes also refer to it as ‘rotten-rua’. The more you know.. Continue reading “UP IN THE TREES”


To be writing this feels surreal. We have been waiting to go to New Zealand (which is Justin’s home country) for so long that I felt like it wasn’t going to happen anymore. We knew we wanted to go for a much longer time than our last stay (which was only about 3 weeks, 3 years ago), so that meant a lot more planning and (for me at least) a lot more worries.

After both getting our drivers license (yeah, we’re a little late to the game) we quit our jobs, moved back in with our parents and finally booked some tickets!

I set up this website so I could update our family, friends and anyone else interested.

Continue reading “FIRST POST – WE’RE HERE!”