After a seamless and enjoyable trip we have safely arrived in New Zealand. Other than a slight hiccup at the airport in Fiji it was a great trip.

Our taxi driver
Our taxi driver, Afroz, delivered us to the airport in Fiji with time to spare. Afroz was a huge assistance to us throughout our stay in Fiji.
The definition of denial
When the Air New Zealand staff were asked how much longer the delay was going to be on the flight to Auckland they were insistent in stating that there was no delay and it would be departing on time. Obviously they operate in a different time zone.

Despite the check-in staff’s bizarre denial of delays, the flight with Air New Zealand was fantastic. Good food, the best in-flight entertainment choices we have ever seen, and free wine. Other than the two largest malls in Auckland we did not see much of the city on our arrival. Hopefully we will get a chance later to spend some time there.

Manabus, the way to travel
After some shopping, our first order of business was to make our way to the east coast and meet up with our cousins. Manabus was fantastic! Inexpensive, clean, and a great view from the upper level. We met some great kiwis who were full of ideas on how to maximize our stay.

The allure of unknown travel is always a lot of fun. However, it is also wonderful to have a welcoming committee waiting for you when you arrive in a new destination. When we disembarked from our bus in Waihi it was incredible to be welcomed by family and have it feel it had only been a short time since you have seen them instead of the seven years it actually has been.

Set up test
Having our cousins allow us the use of their van (more on Stan later) and their camping equipment totally changed our plans for being able to explore this beautiful country. We ran through a test run of setting up the tent and putting equipment together.
Beware the tides
We went for a walk down to the beach and took a little longer than planned. So on the return trip the water level in the estuary was a bit deeper than anticipated. All part of the adventure.
War Memorials
One of the similarities we have already noticed between Australia and New Zealand is the respect and acknowledgement of their veterans who have served and died in the service of their country. It leaves me humbled and slightly embarrassed when I think of how this is downplayed in Canada.
Cambridge Clock Tower
We were taken on a day trip to Cambridge and had a chance to walk around this picturesque town. I loved the way the Memorial clock tower stood out against the blue sky.
The Mare and Foal
This sculpture by Council Chambers acknowledges the equestrian background of the region around Cambridge.

We are set and ready for an epic three months exploring the corners of New Zealand. Stay tuned for more on our house sitting and camping around this friendly and beautiful country.


Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

5 comments on “Hello New Zealand

  1. Garry Woods

    Loving all this, Pete! Fantastic insights. Enjoy your time in NZ. Garry

  2. Susan Berting

    Enjoy NEW ZEALAND!! Bring on 2018! Keep us posted on your great adventures!!! Sue

  3. Wow, camping in NZ! Looking forward to reading your camping experience, must be an exciting one – ah, are you going to bring that BBQ as well? 😉

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