New Zealand 2007 Journal

nz-trip-largeIn July 2007 to celebrate graduating from University, and on something of an impulse, a friend and I booked tickets to go to New Zealand for just under five weeks. It was a completely incredible and unforgettable experience.

We purchased a Kiwi Experience hop-on, hop-off bus ticket that allowed us to travel from the very tip of the North Island all the way down to the very bottom of the South Island and over to Stewart Island. We surfed down giant sanddunes, went black water rafting, luged down two mountains, went horse trekking, hiked a glacier, saw kiwis, seals, sea lions and penguins and ate the biggest ice creams and the best hot chocolates. We visited Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, took water taxis and ferrys, got soaked, got bitten by sandflies and generally had lots of fun.

This diary covers the whole of the trip in quite a bit of detail, but also includes pictures and links to more info.

To start off you can see an overview of the whole journey to the right - we started in Auckland, headed north, and then journeyed south getting down to Stewart Island in the far south before flying out of Christchurch. Click the map to see a bigger version.

Day 1Sunday 8th JulyNorthallerton to AucklandRead EntryView Set
Day 2Wednesday 11th JulyAucklandRead EntryView Set
Day 3Thursday 12th JulyAuckland to Bay of IslandsRead EntryView Set
Day 4Friday 13th JulyThe Far NorthRead EntryView Set
Day 5Saturday 14th JulyWaitangiRead EntryView Set
Day 6Sunday 15th JulyTiritiri Matangi IslandRead EntryView Set
Day 7Monday 16th JulyAuckland to Mercury BayRead EntryView Set
Day 8Tuesday 17th JulyMercury Bay to RotoruaRead EntryView Set
Day 9Wednesday 18th JulyRotorua to Waitomo CavesRead EntryView Set
Day 10Thursday 19th JulyWaitomo Caves to Lake TaupoRead EntryView Set
Day 11Friday 20th JulyLake TaupoRead EntryView Set
Day 12Saturday 21st JulyTongariro National ParkRead EntryView Set
Day 13Sunday 22nd JulyRiver Valley to WellingtonRead EntryView Set
Day 14Monday 23rd JulyWellingtonRead EntryView Set

The South Island

Day 15Tuesday 24th JulyCook Strait Cruise, Marlborough & NelsonRead EntryView Set
Day 16Wednesday 25th JulyAbel Tasman National ParkRead EntryView Set
Day 17Thursday 26th JulyNelson to WestportRead EntryView Set
Day 18Friday 27th JulyWestport to MananuiRead EntryView Set
Day 19Saturday 28th JulyFranz Josef GlacierRead EntryView Set
Day 20Sunday 29th JulyFranz Josef to WanakaRead EntryView Set
Day 21Monday 30th JulyWanaka to QueenstownRead EntryView Set
Day 22Tuesday 31st JulyQueenstown to DunedinRead EntryView Set
Day 23Wednesday 1st AugustDunedin to InvercargillRead EntryView Set
Day 24Thursday 2nd AugustStewart IslandRead EntryView Set
Day 25Friday 3rd AugustStewart IslandRead EntryView Set
Day 26Saturday 4th AugustStewart IslandRead EntryView Set
Day 27Sunday 5th AugustThe Catlins and Te AnauRead EntryView Set
Day 28Monday 6th AugustMilford SoundRead EntryView Set
Day 29Tuesday 7th AugustQueenstownRead EntryView Set
Day 30Wednesday 8th AugustQueenstown to ChristchurchRead EntryView Set
Day 31Friday 9th AugustCristchurchRead EntryView Set
Day 32Saturday 10th AugustThe Long Journey HomeRead EntryView Set

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