Pancakes Rock!

14. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
Pancakes Rock!
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks   After an uneventful night in Westport, this is our first stop on the Stray bus on our way to Franz Josef. There is an easy & scenic (who am I kidding, all of New Zealand is scenic) 15 minute loop walk around the Pancake Rocks.     These rocks were formed on the ...

Stray Life

13. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
Stray Life
I’m back on a Stray bus & clearly buzzing from my skydive! My new travel companions seem lovely & friendly. We are driving toward Westport on the West Coast of the South Island overlooking the Tasman Sea. We stopped off at Cape Foulwind* & did the short 30 minute walk along the coast. Very picturesque ...

Hitch hiking in New Zealand

11. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
I hitchhiked from Takaka to Motueka a little late in the evening. It was a quiet road yet I got collected within 30 minutes by 2 middle aged couples who passed me then returned a minute later to collect me due to an increasing waive of pity for me. They were lovely people with fantastic ...

A fragment of paradise

11. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
A fragment of paradise
Next stop: Wharakiki beach* – the most idyllic paradisiac hideaway.    We parked up at Wharariki Beach Holiday Park** palpably excited for our next expedition. We meandered over grassy hills following a quaint winding path & passing over cute styes for 10 minutes before a sandy climb to paradise. It was a stunning & cruel winy afternoon with ...

Another day, another adventure

04. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
Another day, another adventure
Cue the guys pulling up in the van for another day on the road. Tunes pumping, sun shining, sunnies on, singing & dancing to the music & enjoying the views. Perfection!  Our first stop was the Te Waikoropupu Springs* (Te Pupu) the clearest spring in the world. It is just 7Km from Takaka & has ...

A Random purchase

Today, completely out of the blue, I booked a SKY DIVE for tomorrow morning! It isn’t something I ever had a strong inclination to do. It was never on my to do list & I always dismissed it as being too expensive. I, maybe wrongly so, find it very self indulgent spending big amounts of money ...

Takaka

02. February 2016 new zealand, Travel 0
Takaka
The guys have been loving Takaka & been living around here for almost 2 weeks now! It is a laid back town most people have described to me as a ‘hippy town’. We walked around the town for a bit, browsed the market & kicked back & watched a skate competition at the skate park. ...

Roadtrippin with the guys

Roadtrippin with the guys
Today I bid my Stray bus & new pals farewell. I packed my bags & walked to the info point where my new wheels & pals turned up at precisely the same time as me. I hopped in, we put the tunes up, kicked back & cruised into the sunny day & basked in the ...

Farewell Nelson, maybe

Farewell Nelson, maybe
I’ve enjoyed kicking back in Nelson. I’ve been staying at Paradiso Backpacker Hostel* which is awesome. It’s clean, the staff are friendly & they have a free unlimited wifi, a pool, hot tub, sauna, volleyball, table tennis, free breakfast, free soup & bakery leftovers! It’s a 10/15 minute walk out of town but it’s no ...