A lot of people hit New Zealand roads every year. Many of them aren't prepared and don't know what to expect. Here's a few helpful hints I have been thinking about while I was driving around this great country.
The term 'tramp' can mean a few things; to stomp around loudly, or a person who moves from place to place, usually lacking employment and rather down on their luck. In New Zealand the term tramp means to hike. We do not go hiking, we go tramping...
New Zealand's Milford Sound is one of the most iconic places in New Zealand, visited for it's stunning natural beauty. I booked a cruise with Jucy and made the most of my time here, by trying to take as few photos as possible and actually looking at what was around me. Pretty hard...but possible.
Here is an introduction to my next New Zealand adventure. I am leaving the lower South Island soon and instead of taking the flight I was scheduled to be on this morning, I shall load my gear into the old bomb I purchased to get me around, and drive from Bluff to Cape Reinga, for no reason other than to do it, film it, and write some more shit about New Zealand.
If you know how to speak English, then you’re in luck as almost all of us down here speak it. The problem is, sometimes you probably couldn’t tell. No doubt you will encounter some local phrases which may prove rather confusing. We share many with Australia, however I am not about to start a Trans-Tasman argument over who used them first.
Northland goes by a few names. The Far North. The Winterless North. Te Tai Tokerau, meaning The Northern Tide. It is hopefully unsurprising this is the name given to the northern tip of New Zealand. It is a sub-tropical region and the weather is generally milder than the rest of the country, making it an easy place to travel, even during winter.
Auckland Harbour is dotted with islands that provide an interesting and unique perspective on life in New Zealand. Close to the city, yet seemingly worlds apart, a trip out to these small pieces of paradise will be a holiday unto itself.
Mount Maunganui, commonly referred to as ‘The Mount’, is a small coastal town on New Zealand’s east coast. The Mount is easily one of my favourite places to visit in New Zealand and not only because I have friends living there who have a couch I can sleep on. I would recommend it to anyone who loves summer, beautiful ocean views, nice walks, the beach, sand, surfing, skateboarding, nice pubs, great coffee, fish and chips, hot pools, shopping and ice cream.