New Zealand, Day 9: Taupo

Day nine: On our way to Taupo, we quickly stopped at the Haka Falls - an enormous and beautiful waterfall with light blue water. To help you imagine how big it is: 200,000 litres of water flow over the edge of the waterfall every nine seconds. The waterfall itself is not large in height, but … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 9: Taupo

New Zealand, Day 8: Wai-o-tapu

Today, I made my way from Rotorua to Wai-o-tapu, a "geothermal wonderland". There are shuttles available, however they are very expensive, and as we were four people, we took a taxi and split the cost. Wai-o-tapu was definitely worth the money. For $20, you get to spend the entire day in the park - and … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 8: Wai-o-tapu

New Zealand, Day 7: Rotorua

Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity. As soon as we arrived, a smell of rotten eggs infiltrated our bus. There is so much geothermal activity, that there are boiling sulphur lakes in almost every backyard and all the gutters. Just driving through the city, you can see large clouds of mist behind every second … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 7: Rotorua

New Zealand, Day 6: Waitomo

Today, we left Hot Water Beach for Waitomo. On our way we stopped to take a 60-minute hike to the Karangahahe Gorge. First, we had to cross a very wobbly bridge, and then we made our way through the woods (it was raining). After walking uphill for a while, we ended up in an old … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 6: Waitomo

New Zealand, Day 3: Hot Water Beach

Even though I really liked Auckland, I was glad to leave it after spending three days with the worst roommates one can imagine. I decided to book the Funky Chicken Pass by Kiwi Experience, and the first stop on the route was Hot Water Beach. The bus ride was fairly relaxing; the driver played loud … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 3: Hot Water Beach

New Zealand, Day 2: Auckland

The second day in Auckland. I got up pretty late, mainly because I was still a little jetlagged, but partly because my roommates just couldn't keep quiet.  Just like the day before, I didn't have a concrete plan, so I walked around for a little before heading to the harbour. Both queen's wharf and princes … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 2: Auckland

New Zealand, Day 1: Auckland

After three flights, 23 hours of flight time, and 34 hours of total travel time, I finally arrived in Auckland. The view from the airplane was absolutely stunning and I was eager to leave the airport - but apparently, the airport wasn't ready to let me go just yet: I got stopped at customs.  If … Continue reading New Zealand, Day 1: Auckland