Stewart Island – The challenging North-West-Circuit (NZ ~ 06.-17.11.2017)

Just coming back from my two hikes on the Milford and the Kepler Tracks I was excited to go further south to the third island of New Zealand - Stewart Island / Raikura. Since I got to know about the 9-11 days self-sufficient backcountry hike, the North West Circuit, I planned to do it as … Continue reading Stewart Island – The challenging North-West-Circuit (NZ ~ 06.-17.11.2017)

The Kepler Track – 4 days or 4 1/2 hours

Another walk? Yes, the Kepler Track is just around the corner of Te Anau. I literally couldn’t let that chance slip through my fingers. And one rest day had to be enough this time. Although I maybe shouldn’t have stayed that long at the Halloween party in town... During my food preparation a traveller mate … Continue reading The Kepler Track – 4 days or 4 1/2 hours

The Milford Track – the “finest walk in the world” (NZ ~ 27.-30.10.2017)

Today was the day. I got to walk the so-called “finest walk in the world” after a newspaper article released 1908 in the London Spectator. The track is so popular I booked the huts even before I had booked the flight to New Zealand itself. Crazy, isn’t it? To get a nice proper lunch before … Continue reading The Milford Track – the “finest walk in the world” (NZ ~ 27.-30.10.2017)

The “places to be” – Wanaka vs. Queenstown (NZ ~ 17.-25.10.2017)

Sometimes it’s so easy to write about my travels and destinations and what happened. And sometimes it costs me hours of thinking and days of collecting enough to write something down. I enjoyed Wanaka and Queenstown a lot and it still was very hard to put some lines together. But enough self-pity, here we go: … Continue reading The “places to be” – Wanaka vs. Queenstown (NZ ~ 17.-25.10.2017)

West Coast‘s rains (NZ ~ 12.-17.10.2017 )

Leaving the wonderful Abel Tasman behind we continued our traveling southward along the West Coast. “We" being Michael and me. And it seemed that we would stick together at least until Queenstown. What we learned quickly about the West Coast is the high probability of rain and cloudy weather. One of the bus drivers talked … Continue reading West Coast‘s rains (NZ ~ 12.-17.10.2017 )

Abel Tasman Coast Trek – or why sandflies are the worst (NZ ~ 05.-11.10.2017)

Arrived on the South Island it was time for my first Great Walk and my first multi day self-sufficient (concerning food) hike - or tramp how New Zealanders call it. And during the days in the Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson I learned a lot of things.  Actually we all learn a lot everyday … Continue reading Abel Tasman Coast Trek – or why sandflies are the worst (NZ ~ 05.-11.10.2017)

Sunny days in Windy Welli (NZ ~ Wellington)

I actually planned to pack the next stops of the trip together in one post but somehow my fingers refused to connect Wellington and the Abel Tasman National Park. So this is just a short excursion to the windiest capital in the world since I don’t have a real catching story to tell about it. … Continue reading Sunny days in Windy Welli (NZ ~ Wellington)

Auckland, Hamilton, Hobbiton and Taupo (NZ ~ 21.-01.10.2017)

In these first two weeks it was merely arriving in this beautiful country and trying to settle. I still have the feeling of “I have to do something. Go go, don’t waste time” in me. And it’s hard to get rid of it after years of functioning. So it seems that I have to start … Continue reading Auckland, Hamilton, Hobbiton and Taupo (NZ ~ 21.-01.10.2017)