Anyone for Pancakes

The morning after the attack of the bumblebees, wasps and sandflies we left as soon as we woke up, to avoid any further meetings with the swarms. We headed south towards the east coast and stopped by the road side … Continue reading

A romantic dinner for two

When you’re travelling there are certain things that you need do to cut your spending. And it goes without saying that limiting alcohol purchases is probably the first and the best thing to cut back on. So for us we have had “Drinks Friday” since we started our trip, or “Booze Friday” as we have called it too.

So on Friday 28 February we really excited as we could treat ourselves to a drink, we went to the grocery store and we bought some nicer than usual ingredients for dinner and a bottle of local red wine, thinking that if we were good and didn’t drink it all in one night, we could have a “Saturday Rollover”.

We had already decided where to stop for the night, we had found it in our DOC site leaflet, this one in particular sounded quite cool, it was at an old disused railway station and more importantly, it was free! We got to Kawatiri DOC site early evening and we noticed that pretty much everyone was in there vehicles. We stepped outside for a few seconds and soon realised why. We were immediately accompanied by swarms of gigantic bumble bees, tons of wasps and the horrid sandflies. We had to quickly abandon our plan of cooking a nice dinner and changed it to soup – thank god we had stocked up on a few cans earlier that day.

So while Mat was heating up our luxury soup, I was sat in the front seat of our van preparing bread and cheese and poured the wine up for us. Mat hurried inside with the soup and there we were, toasting our ‘Drinks Friday’ in the front seats of our van, listening and looking at giant bumblebees bumping into the windows and the sides of the van. How romantic. At least we’re laughing about it now.


The Picton Ferry and beyond

We caught the ferry over to Picton early on Thursday morning the 27th February. The ferry ride in itself is a wonderful experience, not cheap, but at least you feel like you get a bit of value for your money … Continue reading


We drove into Wellington on Tuesday afternoon, just in time for Mat to build up his bike and get some bike polo play in with the Wellington guys. My first impression of Wellington was that it is a very attractive … Continue reading

Art Deco Heaven

This gallery contains 10 photos.

Napier is on the east coast of the North Island in New Zealand, in an area called Hawkes Bay. It is also known as The Art Deco Capital, for it’s well preserved Art Deco architecture. In 1931 Napier town centre … Continue reading

Matata – Gisbourne and some lakes

This gallery contains 17 photos.

Going from Matata to Gisbourne, which is on the east coast of the north island, we had a choice of following the coast all the way around, or cutting across. As much as we wanted to drive along the coast … Continue reading

NZ Road Trip – Hobbiton

This gallery contains 23 photos.

Being Tolkien fans since a long time back, both Mat and I were really looking forward to coming to New Zealand and seeing all the beautiful scenery. So one of the things on our list of things we wanted to … Continue reading

The Start of Our Epic New Zealand Road Trip

This gallery contains 9 photos.

We picked up our little camper van, that we called our home for 5 weeks in New Zealand, in Auckland on Tuesday 19 February. We set off a bit late in the afternoon from Auckland and only made it to … Continue reading

Brisbane Coffee Spots

This gallery contains 5 photos.

I was lucky enough to have my own in house barrista when we were staying in Brisbane, Ollie who we stayed with is a coffee lover and works part time at Glenn’s Espresso whilst studying. He told me all about … Continue reading

Hanging in Brisbane

This gallery contains 7 photos.

Having heard many other Australian’s and non Aussies tell me that Brisbane wasn’t a very cool city and so on, I didn’t have high expectations. But I thought I’d go there and make my own mind up. I was pleasantly … Continue reading