New Zealand is full of beautiful natural landscapes and there are many places worth visiting. All this makes the route planning a little bit difficult, because sometimes you can not decide where to go first. For us it was clear, a trip to New Zealand is only complete if we would explore the North and South Island. After we checked the weather forecast, we decided to visit the North Island before we go to the South Island.
The first two weeks we spent with our lovely friends in Auckland. And yes by these temperatures it was difficult for us to come to get into a Christmas mood, but we had a really nice Christmas time together. Louis was also glad to finally be able to play with others again than with his parents. (Sometimes it is a bit boring with us ☺)
In the meantime, we could also look for our campervan, which will be our home for the coming months. After we gave him a small facelift, it was getting cozy inside and somehow we were already quite excited and full of anticipation that our trip finally goes on again.
On January 1st we started off, heading north first. The 1. stop was at the Kai Iwi Lakes, which consist of three lakes and partly turquoise water. After a hike around the largest lake with Louis in the backbag, we were happy about a beautiful sunset which made the hills glow in a beautiful red.
We continue to Trounson Kauri Park where we walked through the woods to admire the famous Kauri trees. You should also see Kiwis there, at night … but apart from bunnies we have seen nothing.
On the 18km, windy and jungle road through the Waipura Forest you can pass the four sisters. Not Alegs, Oliv, Chrisi and Sarah or Erika, Gerti, Tina and Uschi, but the 4 huge kauri trees. (sorry for the Insider ☺) Afterwards, we visit “Tane Mahuta”, the “Lord of the Forest”, which is one of the largest still living trees in the world, with a height of 51.2m and 13.77m wide. We are enthusiastic about the plant diversity and especially of the ferns which are partly as large as palm trees and just look beautiful.
After another night in the forest, we land the next day on an Emu farm, quite north of Northland, near the “Ninety Mile Beach” which leads up to the Nordcap. If you are wondering how to get on an Emu Farm, here is the answer: We have encountered a community on the Internet where you can stand on local farms, wineries, dairies, olive growers, etc. with the camper, in return it would be nice if you buy their products there. For us this sounded like an exciting thing and so we tried the same time and we were not disappointed ☺
There are really many funny place names in new zealand, my favorite so far is and remains “Hihi”, there was also a cool olive farm with real good olives. Afterwards, we passed the “Bay of Islands”, but since summer holidays are really quite crowded here and so we continues to “Keri Keri” where we found some wonderful waterfalls and camped on a vineyard to enjoy a private candlelight dinner between the rapes. Of course with a very good glass of wine and a bombful view of the vines. First row foot free!!
There is much to discover and experience and its just wonderful to have so much time for each other and to let themselves drift; Since you also forget quickly when times is a bit exhausting and Louis don’t wanna go to bed, because everything is so exciting for him. Who wonder?
Here are a few things you should consider when traveling with a campervan in New Zealand:
- go on the left side!
- download the app „campmate“ to find campsites,petrol station and public toilets
- Do not underestimate the distances on which.
- Baby-wipes are super-practical if you are not at the campground and shower.