Island of Frogs

Day Zero had come. Freshly Out of NZ, flying 20h to Europe directly wouldn’t be the style and strange lands lay en route after all. This was the time for the Experiment Asia: To check what the fuss is about – every backpacker seemed to go through Southeast Asia, and Daniel’s fascination to Taiwan somehow … More Island of Frogs

Heart of The Desert

It’s the river that runs through. Turquoise, mighty, restless. An oasis crossing the heartland of mountains turning into desert. Where brown and scorched slopes dominate, the Clutha river feeds a green band of willow trees, orchards and vineyards. It’s this river that enchanted  me last year when we first discovered Central Otago, and it kept … More Heart of The Desert

The Time Machine

With Queenstown’s extravaganza as the final hooray of the big trip, how did we end up cruising another 1000km in two days? Just settled into our homestead in the Wanaka area, it was time to collect our most exquisite team member… The piano. Another quick round trip in two days, featuring Oamaru and Hanmer Springs, … More The Time Machine

Lakeside Cruising

Back to the “real” world and civilization, Fiordland’s spell persisted for a while and made any other scenic site look poor. We were to follow the southern highway to Te Anau, an anonymous, heartless tourist town; strongest contrast to this morning’s natural high. Then, to detach me even more from the recent bliss, we had … More Lakeside Cruising

Roaming in the Wild

… continuing our journey South with some real wilderness moments. A Walk on the Wildside One of the easier and shorter Great Walks, the Rakiura Track made it into our itinerary early on, and would prove to be the queen stage. 40km over three days sounds little impressive, but once you pack that bag… Reminder, … More Roaming in the Wild

47° South

Where the evenings last forever, the skies glow once, just before another thick storm cloud bears down to the land. That land, a last frontier on this earth elsewhere so consumed and cultivated. Here birds still sing their songs, the waterfalls pulsate, the earth moves relentlessly. Where magically nothing seems to have changed when everywhere … More 47° South

Open End Trip

… what happens if you just go and don’t know. Remember the tour that concluded my time with Daniel in June, 1200km criss-crossing the North Island? Two months on, another Ridiculous Roady but so different. This time it was not to part ways on individual plans, but to venture into the very unknown. All we … More Open End Trip

The Fifth Season

It’s not winter, it’s warm. Sort of. But raining, sunny, then pouring down. What is it? 20 rainbows a day while we keep pulling little pine trees out of the ground and crop their roots. Fun 5.0, the final chapter of a horticultural career. What started with apricots in the southern summer finds its end … More The Fifth Season