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 🙂
Week #6 completed. 1 week left in New Zealand. You may have realized that the number of activities and length of distance reduced over the last weeks. We reduced our speed a bit and decided to select only a few last spots to visit and then rather stay a bit longer in one place.
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! 🙂
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing was our very first highlight of the North Island. It was challenging, but also tremendously rewarding with lots of diverse volcanic landscape. Let us show you what we saw!
We’ve arrived on the North Island and I think I speak for both of us when I say we were hit by a little bit of “travel fatigue” this week. I’m not sure if the term really exists or at least the meaning of it for us does probably not exist in English but I think it describes the current vibe quite well – wonder why?
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.
Alright, so compared to the previous 14 days, week 4 was relatively uneventful. We were so glad to get some downtime in Christchurch in a proper home and finally catching up on so much that we wanted to get done.
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.