When I first moved to New Zealand, I put down roots in Auckland as that’s where my friends lived. With a flat in Grey Lynn as my base, in between freelance web development jobs I explored Hawke’s Bay and Wellington. Later, after living on the South Island for the better part of a year, I returned to the North Island on my very own tiki tour that lead me to Rotorua, Kiwiburn (New Zealand’s regional Burning Man burn), the Coromandels, the Far North, and Raglan, where I finally learned to stand up on a surfboard a week before leaving the country (I really wish I’d gone there first!).
Six months after arriving in New Zealand, I finally headed to the South Island, taking the ferry from Wellington. I moved to Nelson for a month, which is where I found the nearby Cable Bay. Next I moved to Christchurch, where I lived for the next ten months. It all seems so incredible now, especially when I look back on my Christchurch photos. Now that the earthquakes have done their damage, I’m grateful that I have photographs to remind me of how lovely that city was! Christchurch was where I met Katherine, another travel blogger and a fast friend who later would take me on a killer roadrip around the South Island. We visited Castle Hill, Hokitika, Fox Glacier (where we took a helicopter trip to the top of the glacier that to this day remains my number one day of travel!), Karamea, Punakaiki, Farewell Spit, Takaka and Golden Bay, Abel Tasman National Park, and finally the Marlborough Sounds before returning to Christchurch.
I picked one too many photos for this post, so here’s a gratuitous shot of me jumping for joy at Castle Hill. I have SO MANY photos from my year and a half in New Zealand, I really should break down my favourites by island. Soon come, I guess!