When in Melbourne, there are a couple of things you absolutely must do. And one of them has nothing to do with Melbourne itself. It’s the Great Ocean Road. In global terms, it’s probably one of the most scenic coastal road trips you can go on. So you better tick it off your list.
The last 2 weeks we’ve been fairly quiet. We’ve been recharging our batteries whilst enjoying our last few days in Auckland and then moving on to Melbourne. NOT moving around can be so much fun sometimes 🙂
Where the hell is Waitomo? And why would you go there? Well it turns out Waitomo has one of the more rewarding activities to offer on the North Island. Waitomo is best known for its extremely popular glowworm raves. And guess what, we went rafting through them! 🙂
Moving from the South Island to the North Island was relatively uneventful in terms of sights, but all the more hectic when it came to my allergies. The North Island clearly has issues with me.
After the horrible experience in Dunedin we were really looking forward to heading back towards the mountains. We were hoping to be able to get a good look at Mount Cook. We walked the Hooker Valley Track and indeed, we got lucky with the weather….again.
Alright, so the drive to Dunedin was entirely uneventful. Not really worth reporting much. And our short stay in Dunedin was, well, not particularly great either. We decided to leave early. I’ll explain in more detail in the full blog post.
Milford Sound is one of those places that are difficult to describe. You need to have been there and experienced the atmosphere in order to fully fathom what it’s like. Experiences may vary but there truly is something special about the place.
Riding down the West Coast of New Zealand is a very different experience. Expect endless long roads, glaciers, rainforest, sandflies and very few people.
Imagine “Every day is a winding road…” by Sheryl Crow playing in your head whilst crossing what feels like the hundredth hill during an endless trip to the West Coast. Yep, that’s what it felt like to me.
Imagine blasting through the waves with a speed boat across the coastline of New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park before you land on one of its secluded and pristine beaches. You’ve just been dropped off for your day’s mission: Hiking back through the forest until you reach your extraction zone 4 hours south on the shores of Anchorage beach.