I’m writing this as we’re (Justin is) driving along the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, FINALLY we’re here!
The last weeks were mostly filled with the holidays, family time, cruising around towns and places I’ve written about before (Mount Maunganui, Tauranga and Rotorua mostly), and sadly also dealing with a stomach bug for a bit.
But! We’re back on the road now and boy are we excited to be on the South Island.
Continue reading “SOUTH WE GO”



I can’t believe we’ve been in New Zealand for over 3 months now. I don’t want to say it, but time sure does fly when you’re having fun (that’s all the cheesy sayings I will be using in this post).

We’ve been spending the last few months discovering the North Island, which to some may seem like a long time, considering other people go for trips around the entire country in just 3 weeks. But we’ve actually still not seen everything we want to see on this part of New Zealand. Continue reading “VITAMIN SEA”



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”