Since moving to New Zealand back in March of 2020, before the pandemic of course. I have been on the hunt to try my best to do all the things that go off the beat and path! Sure tourist attractions are fun, but they can be crowded and over-done. I've made it an important mission to find hidden gems all across the country that could fit any sort of traveler!
Katie and I arrived after noon and slightly flustered to the Aoroki/Mount Cook National Park carpark. From what I had read, it would take us three hours to climb to the Mueller Hut, but don't believe everything you read on the internet. It was already 2pm and we ferociously packed our bags for the overnight stay, as my mind subconsciously calculated the hours of daylight we had left.
There's always a first for everything, they say.
Sometimes the most amazing moments can happen when we just let universe lead the path...
March 17th 2020, I jumped on several different planes. I made my way to New Zealand. Less than a week later everything was shut down due to COVID-19. I've been sat in isolation ever since I arrived.
This old relic of a mining equipment now sits at the side of a muddy path in Ross is an interesting photo opportunity that led to a walk through a key part of New Zealand's history.
Darcy's alarm went off at 5 A.M. as we had discussed the night before. I'd chosen not to wake him up at two when I had decided I was no longer going for an early morning swim. We'd spent the entire night curled up under our towels trying to keep warm and turning over in the car seats in an attempt to get comfortable, the last thing I wanted was to dip into what I confidently assume would be the ice cold water of the river at the campground. I had already changed my alarm to ring at 5:30, but he groggily reached to silence his.
The first thing you have to know about New Zealand is that it has a lot of exciting places to offer. Both islands have numerous beautiful places, where you can stay for days. Many people compare it to Australia, so they are not aware of how big it actually is. When it comes to driving, most roads are winding, so always plan a bit extra time for getting from one point to another. Now, when you know all the basic stuff, let's get deeper into planning your New Zealand road trip.
As a travel enthusiast, you must be aware that no place on Earth is a heaven where all sins are cast away for good. When traveling around the globe, following a few rules and tips can make your journey and stay way more pleasant.
With all the magnificent glaciers, snow-capped mountains, miles of mesmerizing coastline and beautiful beaches, exploring New Zealand by car will certainly be a wonderful experience. Relaxing hot springs, peaceful lakes, and endless grassy plains will offer you the most fascinating scenery to capture on your camera, or simply relish as you take a break from the drive. With numerous spectacular destinations, it will take you at least a week to see the majority of what you’ve planned, and we also have a few tips on how to make the most of your New Zealand exploring.
The Rainbow Gathering found its place within my life as soon as my bare feet touched down on the lands of New Zealand. I was to spend the year wandering amongst the vast and rolling mountains, everlasting valleys, and crystalline waters that wove magic throughout the country. The same magic that glittered early mornings, waking up to the rising sun peeking his rays over the holy greens, was, in fact, the same magic that brought the word of Rainbow Gathering to me. Passed down through the generations of connected ancestors, Rainbow Gathering has lived amongst us all for centuries.
New Zealand is a gorgeous little country; we're mostly farmland or mountains, with cities dotted around occasionally, but let's be honest, no one comes here to see those.