The Great Ocean Road

Our final week in Australia we spent touring the Great Ocean Road and bumming around Melbourne in a rented van.  The Great Ocean Road is the highway in New South Wales that follows… Continue reading

Camping in New Zealand

On New Zealand’s quiet roads one of the most common sights is people touring the country by campervan.  These vans range from the budget options like Escape, Wicked or Jucy which consist of… Continue reading

Maori culture in the thermal village

The center of New Zealand’s north island is a volcanic region and is geologically fascinating.  The land is characterized by hot thermal streams, steam vents, geysers and the smell of sulfur.  In Rotorua… Continue reading

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park is the home of Mount Ngauruhoe (more popularly known as Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings) along with several brilliantly coloured lakes and deep red craters that are constantly… Continue reading

Autumn colours

When planning our trip to New Zealand we glanced over the seasons but hadn’t actually realized that what we were planning was a month long camping trip in the equivalent of a Canadian… Continue reading

Last week in New Zealand’s south island

In our final week in the south island we have travelled up from the fjord lands to the dunes and beaches of the northern tip.  After a short walk in Abel Tasman National… Continue reading

Pancake Rocks: a geological oddity

The pancake rocks are so named because they are stacked in thin layers resembling a pile of pancakes.  Geologists have come up with numerous theories on why the rocks have formed into such… Continue reading

Queenstown to Fox Glacier: Mountains to the rainforested coast

We have come up from southern New Zealand through the curving mountain roads of Otago province.  The hiking is great and the mountains are spectacular.  We unfortunately hit some bad weather and the… Continue reading

The Catlins

Our second week in New Zealand we have been travelling in the Catlins, the southernmost tip of the south island.  This part of New Zealand is full of rolling hills, miles of coast… Continue reading

On the road again

The road from Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park down to the Catlins had us stopping every couple of minutes (much to Nat’s displeasure) to take photos.  There were scenic winding roads, dramatic skies and… Continue reading

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