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 What a ride it’s been, those last 10 days in New Zealand. I’m writing this from my flight back to San Francisco, still buzzing from the crazy load of impressions and experiences I’ve been able to collect over the past few days. The pain in my upper right arm puts a smile on my face as it transports me right back to the feeling of sitting front row rafting down …

[ Written by Katja | 12 Oct 2013 | 7 Comments | ]

“Seriously, I’d rather not drive. No really, I’m scared, please no.” – that was me a week ago. In the past 12 years of owning a licence I have driven a total of 3 days, always clinging to the steering wheel with dear life, saying prayers at every stop light. When I was asked to drive from Hokianga to Bay of Islands, both in Northland, New Zealand, I was pretty …

[ Written by Katja | 6 Oct 2013 | No Comment | ]

It’s not very often that one gets to test-drive their own honeymoon, but in my line of work blogging I sometimes do get lucky that way. The most recent addition to my list of most romantic places around the world is an eco Bed & Breakfast on the West Coast of Northland, New Zealand’s Northern province, a place so special it only caters to 2 people at a time – …

[ Written by Katja | 4 Oct 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

Kia Ora, cherished readers of this little blog! Me and my jetlag woke up this morning at 5am and thought to send you a little update on our current location, as it just so happens to be a particularly spectecular one. 48 little hours ago I arrived on an  Air New Zealand flight from San Francisco which turned out to be an amazing start into my trip, thanks to some …

[ Written by Katja | 2 Oct 2013 | 13 Comments | ]

I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up for the WWOOF program on my trip to New Zealand. Just the name is a bit off-putting: Willing Workers On Organic Farms sounds a whole lot like rural slavery involving whip-cracking task masters and a diet of tofu and herbs.
However the deal is this – you work four to six hours a day in exchange for accommodation, food …

[ Written by guest | 25 Aug 2012 | 8 Comments | ]

“Dude, where’s my bra?” I called out to Betty on more than one occasion during our two week road trip around New Zealand.
It’s not that I usually have to ask my best friend where my underwear is but when the two of you are living out of the back of a van for two weeks it becomes very easy to lose and misplace important items.
I’ll be honest. I hadn’t really …

[ Written by Frankie | 1 May 2012 | 16 Comments | ]

Before I traveled New Zealand, I was so very sure that I would never do anything as ridiculous as a bungee jump… or a sky dive! I scoffed at the idea with thoughts of, “Why would I spend so much on something that could probably kill me?!” Little did I realise that New Zealands’ extreme-sporting-adrenaline-junkie nature would buckle my views and soon have me up in the skies, falling very …

[ Written by Sophie | 22 Mar 2012 | 9 Comments | ]

A devastating  6.3 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand’s bustling city, Christchurch, on February 22nd 2011. News coverage dominated all Australian television and the reports drove in how devastating the damage was: 300 were reported missing and the damage is estimated to be between $10 – $12 billion. Rescue workers worked hard to reach buried survivors and text messages from the trapped were making it through to loved ones, giving relief of …

[ Written by Sophie | 25 Mar 2011 | No Comment | ]

Dear travelettes,
While surfing the web for interesting travel ideas I stumbled over a competition to win a trip to New Zealand. Just when it starts to get dark and cold in Europe, you can escape to the beautiful beaches and unspoiled nature of New Zealand.

The travel agency STA and the travel portal 4trips are making it possible for 14 lucky adventure travellers to spend almost two weeks in the land …

[ Written by guest | 25 Aug 2010 | One Comment | ]
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