New Zealand | Christchurch

Re:START container mall.After our night in Te Anau, it was time to start the journey to Christchurch on the other side of the South Island. The drive from Te Anau to Christchurch is a bit long to make in one day, so we picked out a beachside freedom camping spot in Oamaru on the South Island’s east coast.Unfortunately, we wereContinue reading “New Zealand | Christchurch”

New Zealand | Te Anau

After repairing our weather-related not-quite malfunction after freedom camping in Glenorchy, we set off toward Milford Sound, one of the must-see destinations in New Zealand. Unfortunately, nature had other plans in store for us.We stopped to get gas in Te Anau, the last town before the main highway to Milford Sound, and learned that the highway was going to beContinue reading “New Zealand | Te Anau”

New Zealand | Glenorchy & Queenstown

Lake Tekapo was our second-favorite part of our New Zealand campervan adventure, but Glenorchy was hands-down the highlight of our entire R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. We loved it so much, we changed our original plans so we could stay an extra night.

New Zealand | Lake Tekapo

Our second-favorite place of our New Zealand campervan adventure — and arguably of our entire R&R to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore — was Lake Tekapo. We spent our second night freedom camping at Lake Tekapo (and first night freedom camping on the South Island) and also enjoyed a beautiful three-hour hike along the White Bluffs of LakeContinue reading “New Zealand | Lake Tekapo”

New Zealand | Waikari Maori Rock Art Site

One of the great things about New Zealand is that it’s easy to stumble upon a great hike and/or beautiful scenery just about anywhere you go. We had done some advance planning before our 10-day campervan adventure — booked our flights and ferry ticket and sketched a rough outline of what we wanted to do — but beyond that,Continue reading “New Zealand | Waikari Maori Rock Art Site”

New Zealand | Marlborough Wineries

Cloudy Bay vineyard.The first stop of our New Zealand campervan adventure on the South Island was Hans Herzog Estate, one of the many wineries in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. As soon as our ferry arrived at Picton terminal, we drove straight to wine country.Not because were desperate for a drink, but because in winter, most wineries only stayContinue reading “New Zealand | Marlborough Wineries”

New Zealand | On the Road

Fur seal at Kaikoura.When we were thinking about a trip to New Zealand a few months ago, I was pretty sure we were going to go the tour company route. Several of our Kabul colleagues had traveled to New Zealand on all-inclusive tours, where the company takes care of everything (excluding flights), including hotels, most meals, entrance fees/tickets and, mostContinue reading “New Zealand | On the Road”

New Zealand | Campervan Adventure

Freedom camping in Glenorchy (South Island).After an awesome five days in Sydney, we embarked on the true highlight of our R&R in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore: 10 days in a campervan, exploring New Zealand’s North and South Islands. We rented the Breeze 2 through Wilderness Motorhomes and would highly recommend them to anyone planning a similar trip to New ZealandContinue reading “New Zealand | Campervan Adventure”