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

Southern Sky

Permanent holiday can get a bit monotonous. That’s what I realized (among other things) during these six weeks in the bay. Time to shake things up a bit and take a flight. Good exercise for my spontaneity, I booked 8 days ahead with not much else set up for when I would set foot on … More Southern Sky

Beached As

What’s “real New Zealand” A glimpse into Kiwi culture to start with: (just kidding) . But hands down, on this stage I met more locals than before, to prove my thesis. They are crazy as… 1000 islands, more or less, and just about as many thoughts in my head. Paihia, the Bay of Islands, was … More Beached As