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Erasmus blog New Zealand

  • Canterbury and Marlborough - Amazing landscapes and horse trek

    In Christchurch, we had the best weather! The sun was shining the whole day and it was almost too warm. The first day there, we went to discover the city centre. It was all still a little improvised even though the big earthquake was at that time already three years...

    0 by Nadine, 5 months ago
  • Dunedin and Mackenzie District

    Before continuing to Canterbury, we stayed several days in Dunedin because I wanted to get rid of my fever that I had gotten. It started out slowly, probably after the many rainy days that we stayed in the cold car, and grew worse and worse, until I lay in bed shivering...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Fiordland and Southland

    Starting in Te Anau and leading up to the village of Milford, winds the Milford Highway. On this road, you will find many camp site and several small and also longer hiking tracks to special places. As we arrived in the evening, we just stayed at the first camping place...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • West Otago and near-death experiences

    We still stayed some time in Wanaka, which we had selected as the most beautiful part of New Zealand until now, and it kept to be as beautiful. The sunshine stayed during all the time and brightened our mood even more. We went a lot hiking to some small lakes as the...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • West Coast - glacier and helicopter flight

    On our way to Greymouth, we stopped at New Zealands longest suspension bridge, the Buller Gorge Swingbridge. Of course, we had to cross it and already on the other side, went for a walk there. It was nice, the bridge was funny – just on a side note, flip flops are not...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Heading South - the Nelson Region

    As I already mentioned in the last post, we came almost late for our ferry as we had been stuck in a traffic jam of a herd of cows. We already had that several times, but normally they have their own paths and just cross the roads some times. Often, they already have...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Rotorua: thermal activity and Maori culture

    I was looking forward to going to Rotorua for a long time, because this ist he Maori centre and they were one of the reasons, why I came to New Zealand. I was always interested in the native tribes of Australia, America and mainly New Zealand. When we arrived, the...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • More wwoofing in the Bay of Plenty

    Not even an hours drive from our old wwoofin place, we came to our new one. The first impression was sadly not so good. We had to cook our own meals and had few ingredients to choose from. The kitchen and bathroom was not very clean. Another wwoofer was there at the...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Hobbiton film locations and Mount Manganui

    As I already told you, we could plan our working hours on ourselves to get some time off. We took one day to go to Matamata to a huge former sheep farm. What did we want there, you will ask. Everyone, who is a big Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit fan, will know: in...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Wwoofing in Bay of Plenty

    We got our first own wwoofing acceptance! Now, that we have our first wwoofing experience behind us and a really good recommendation letter from our last host, it is a lot easier to get accepted. Within one week, we already had two suggestions, which we liked and were...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Coromandel Peninsula - Filmlocations and paradise

    Our destination was Thames on the Coromandel Peninsula. A bit outside of the city, we found a nice hostel. The first day in this region, we spent in a gold mining museum, where you could see the big machines and read about the gold mining history of the region. The rest...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Bay of Islands

    One station on our list, was the wonderful Bay of Islands. We drove to the nice city of Pahia, where we stayed in the cute backpacker called mousetrap. It was very cosy, with friendly staff and also pretty cheap. We had clean rooms with sea view and the hostel kept up...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Waitomo Glow worm Caves

    It was heavily raining and really demotivating weather, when we arrived in Waitomo. First thing to do, was to find an accommodation. And we found something surprisingly genius! It was a cheap house with four rooms, with heating blankets -that was like 1000 plus points-...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • A lot of water at Lake Taupo

    We continued our trip to Lake Taupo. On the way, we stopped on the thermal baths of Takaanu. The water was naturally hot, but the surrounding was artificially made, which destroyed the atmosphere a little. Anyway, it was amazing to see the vapour of the hot water...

    0 by Nadine, 6 months ago
  • Tongariro Nationalpark - Tongariro Crossing - Mount Doom

    We spent one day on driving around the Tongariro National Park with our car, just to get to know the region a bit better and have some orientation. The Tongariro National Park lies between the Taranaki Region and the Lake Taupo and has the three big volcanoes from the...

    0 by Nadine, 7 months ago
  • Mount Taranaki National Park and Forgotten World Highway

    Heading North The last days, we had been busy organising our trip and getting all the necessary stuff together. We had gotten charger for New Zealand, a cassette for playing our music in the car, food and maps. On the 30thSeptember 2013, we officially started. We headed...

    0 by Nadine, 7 months ago
  • The beginning of an (un)expected journey

    I want to tell you about my adventure in New Zealand, because it was a very inspiring and life changing experience in my life. I was 20 years old, when I decided to go half a year abroad after my A Levels. The decision soon fell on New Zealand, because of three reasons:...

    0 by Nadine, 8 months ago

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