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A buddha statue 'looking out' over Golden Bay

Living between hippies in Golden Bay

Golden Bay is New Zealand’s paradise for hippies. After the Queen Charlotte Track we return to Nelson, back to the Foot Prints Lodge, close to the beach, where we find-out that Lorain, the Irish girl, and Massut (Iran) are still there. They’ve got some company of James (UK), Corry (Canada) and Antony (New Zealand). With […]

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View over Queen Charlotte Sound

Hiking Queen Charlotte Track: undiscovered New Zealand

The Queen Charlotte Track (71 kilometers) runs through the Marlborough Sounds; a national park that most tourist who visited New Zealand miss out on. Too bad, because this nature reserve, in the most Northern Point of the Southern Island has everything a lover of the outdoors can wish for: beautiful views, azure, blue bays, steep climbs, flourishing vegetation […]

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Mount Egmond; normally to be seen from New Plymouth. Now hidden in clouds

New Zealand: surfing in Sandy Bay

After our diving trip at the Poor Knights Islands we’re planning to leave the Northland behind us and go South: to surf in New Playmouth. Jeroen Jongejans, owner of Dive Tutukaka, however advises us not to go South: too cold. If it’s surfing we’re after we might as well stay around and go to Sandy […]

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 The wake-board bay in New Zealand; close to Goat Island

New Zealand: Wake-boarding at sea 

As soon as we’re back from our snorkeling trip, our disappointment about the poor under water life we’ve just witnessed in the Okakari Point Marine Reserve is gone. The little hike back to the camping makes up for it. The big, green paddocks make us feel small and vain and a nice silence falls over […]

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Oesga: our car

Oesga and road-trip New Zealand

Two days after we’ve arrived in New Zealand I put my running shoes on for the first time this trip. After a long run down from the hill where our Marco Polo Backpackers lodge is housed I reach the beach of Orewa. It’s a three kilometers long stretch of sand. At high tide the ocean […]

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Good morning New Zealand: welcome to Orewa

Good morning New Zealand

Good morning New Zealand. Waking up in another country is always strange. No matter how often I’ve been away from home or how long I’ve longed for this journey really comprehending that I’m on the road again only comes when I’m in the plane and wake-up the next morning in the country I’ve been longing […]

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