We have been in New Zealand for 6 months today! Already!? It is so hard to believe how fast time has flown by! Can only imagine how fast the remaining 6 months will go before we head to Australia and onwards to Bali and Bangladesh…
After 6 months travelling in the North Island, we are finally heading to South Island this weekend. We are going on a 2 week campervan trip around Kaikoura (going whale watching here), Wanaka, Franz Josef Glacier and back to Picton to take the ferry. On the way we stop at Lake Taupo and Wellington and on way back we stop at Mt Taranaki. All new and all very exciting for us 🙂
But before we start new travel adventures in South Island, here’s a wrap up of our 6 months in the North Island (with 5 weeks of that in Thailand, England and Singapore.)
MONTH ONE – March-April 2015
We started our life in New Zealand with a big BANG by heading to Rangitoto Island day 2 and Cricket World Cup Semi finals day 3! This was followed by trip to the Bay of Islands, visiting historic kerikeri, fishing and kayaking in Paihia and swimming in some of the stunning beaches in the Northland region. And of course local travels around Auckland and just in love with living opposite the beach 🙂
MONTH TWO – April-May
My sister and her family arrives from USA and we do our second trip to the Northland region, this time in Whangerei and completely blown away by the paradise beaches at Tutukaka coast. Some sightseeing in Auckland – Museums, parks, Sky Tower and then headed to Hobbiton, followed by Rotorua – thermal springs and Wai-O-Tapu thermal wonderland and Waitamo Glow worm Caves.
MONTH THREE – May-June
Went on our first campervan trip around the Rotorua region again and did so much here! Kerosene Creek was our favourite, a magical place, swimming in heated waterfalls, Luge, zorbing, bursting geysers and Maori performance at Te Puia. Visited other local beaches near us – Mission Bay and Kohi beach, plus trips to parks, Art museums and making friends.
MONTH FOUR – June-July
Local sightseeing, visiting Ladies Bay and did lots of fishing here, went to Tahuna Torea Reserve, did some great birdwatching here. You get to walk around this lagoon and sandspit next to Tamaki Estuary. Learning about the flora and fauna around the region. It felt strange experiencing Autumn in June! Prepared for our long 5 weeks journey ahead which started in Thailand. Went to Koh Samet with a bunch of friends, our 2nd time this year 🙂
MONTH FIVE – July-August
Whirlwind trip around Sheffield, London and Norwich for 3 weeks, at the end of which Ashique does a crazy motorbike journey through the Forgotten World Highway to Mt Taranaki whilst we get back to Auckland with 24 hours in Singapore
MONTH SIX – August-September
We did so much this past one month! Shakespear Regional Park, Maraeti beach and Omana regional park, our first skiing holiday at Mt Ruapehu, Scallop festival at Whitianga, swimming in hot water beach and walking to cathedral cove. We fell in love with the Coromandel region and look forward to being back here in November!
And that is a wrap up of our 6 months in North Island! I missed out tons of places and experiences, so do visit our New Zealand travel page to see other attractions. Feel free to ask any questions you might have if planning a trip to any of these places, have lots of suggestions, tips and advice from our travels here.
Tomorrow we off to South Island and once back I head to Italy and England to FINALLY finish off my PhD!
It is also a very significant moment in time, as it’s exactly one year since Shama had her second surgery, and a year on, she is doing wonderful and going strong 🙂 Forever grateful for her strong nature, all our good health, these wonderful travels, family time and the abundance of opportunities we have been given in this lifetime. Look forward to the remaining 6 months of travels in beautiful New Zealand 😀