New Zealand | Christchurch Part II

Lyttleton Harbourfront.Due to my 7+ month hiatus from writing (and the fact that I was somewhat behind to begin with), I’m writing about our second New Zealand campervan adventure more than a year after it ended. So my memory is a little fuzzy. Luckily, I took scrupulous notes each day of our journey detailing whatContinue reading “New Zealand | Christchurch Part II”

New Zealand | Benmore Lake

Benmore Lake Lookout Loop.Since the earthquake altered our plans to explore some new territory on the South Island’s east coast, we decided to backtrack and revisit some places we already knew and loved: Glenorchy, Wanaka, and Lake Tekapo. I already covered our second stays in Glenorchy and Wanaka in previous posts, so I’ll pick upContinue reading “New Zealand | Benmore Lake”

New Zealand | Fortrose Cliffs

After a run and brunch in Te Anau, we set off for the Fortrose Cliffs, a beautiful freedom camping spot on the southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island. We arrived in the late afternoon, set up camp and walked around to enjoy the breathtaking views.

New Zealand | Milford Sound

Unlike our 2015 trip to New Zealand, this time around we did not get snowed out of passage to Milford Sound. (HT: When planning a campervan trip, it’s best to go not in winter.) We enjoyed the beautiful drive from Glenorchy to Milford Sound via Te Anau, and arrived to Milford Sound Lodge by mid-afternoon.

New Zealand | Glenorchy Part II (and III)

From Wanaka we headed to Glenorchy, our favorite freedom camping site from our 2015 R&R to New Zealand. Since we unexpectedly ended up staying another night on our first trip, this time we planned to camp for two nights, with nothing but the beautiful lake and snow-capped mountains to keep us company.And some wine.

New Zealand | Wanaka

Lake Wanaka.Wanaka wasn’t meant to be a destination in and of itself — merely a waypoint en route to the next place on our itinerary, Glenorchy, which we visited on our 2015 trip and ended up being our favorite freedom camping spot. But once we got to Wanaka and realized how beautiful it is and how muchContinue reading “New Zealand | Wanaka”

New Zealand | Glacier Country

Franz Josef Glacier.Even though we visited New Zealand for 10 days in 2015, we left a lot of unexplored territory for our recent return trip to the South Island. We were excited to make it to the west coast of the South Island to see New Zealand’s famous glaciers and fjords, starting with the Franz Josef andContinue reading “New Zealand | Glacier Country”

Singapore, New Zealand & Australia: By the Numbers

In November, Kail and I took a monthlong R&R to Singapore, New Zealand and Australia (not to be confused with our three-week R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in 2015). I plan to make annual excursions to New Zealand. Kail disagrees — something about it being “too expensive” and “bank-account-draining.” Pffft.We’ll just have to move there. BecauseContinue reading “Singapore, New Zealand & Australia: By the Numbers”