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  • Back home after 4 days hiking December 29, 2015
    36° 54.529 S | 174° 48.136 E We are back in our home tonight after our really sunny and warm hike around Cape Reinga. We had a great time! Pictures and more details soon hopefully. *** Nous sommes de retour à la maison ce soir après une randonnée très ensoleillée et chaude autour du Cape […]

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20161229 - Sudden Valley–Arthur’s Pass

Meeting with Jenichka and Daniel in Christchurch, off to Arthur’s Pass area. They are our guides to tramping in the area (and our inspiration for food to take on tramps!).

So, suddenly (got it? in Sudden valley?) we were off to a one overnight camp. A bit more than an hour drive from […]

20170106 - Fern Burn Hut – Wanaka

When we arrived in Wanaka, we didn’t feel like we wanted to stay in town for the night, so we visited the DOC information office and decided on overnight trips. The DOC office in Wanaka is great, their wall is covered with pictures of the huts around the area, so it’s easy to see where […]

2017 in a few lines and pictures

Once more, I realise that I have not been writing for a year! Every time we are out somewhere I think about the fact that I can share the experience here… but I have never took the time to do it!

So going quickly through a couple of our adventures in 2017: right […]

Another tramping trip for Christmas - Around the Mountain Circuit - Taranaki

With a little bit a preparation in the previous weeks (overnight tramp and hikes around Auckland), we decided to do the “Around the Mountain”, in Taranaki. well, as per its name, this tramp is all around the volcano Taranaki.

The information we had about it:

“4 to 5 days, 52 km, Advanced to Expert tramping […]

News of 2016

I haven’t been really good with keeping this blog running in 2016… well, I can always try to be better in 2017!!

To make the long stories short:

– climbing a big mountain early this year (Taranaki, 2518m – starting from 950m),

Climbing in the fog… until 2000m high, where we came […]

Christmas in NZ… Let’s go tramping!

A couple of days off from work for both of us, the envy to see something else of the North Island, the urge to go hiking and tramping for me, going to the northern most point (or almost – at least the one accessible to the public) of New Zealand and going to a warmer […]

Winter and Spring excursions around Auckland

Our first “let’s go away and see something else” couple of days were middle of July, when we needed a break from job offers, CVs, applications… We were actively job seeking for more than a month, without much success… Alex was in between interviews and I was nowhere… just waiting for companies to be interested […]

Settling in Auckland: Jobs, Furniture, Cooking, Worm compost & Garden

While summer is coming to Auckland, I decided I should take my fingers out of my pockets and write a little bit about what happened down here.

Since we came back from Australia in June, Alex found a full time job in the city and we moved to our house in August.

Well, then it […]

Finding a place to live in Auckland

So, since we landed in Auckland in June, we mostly stayed at Warkworth Lodge, helping with a lot of different things. During that time, Alex and I wrote our CVs, found some jobs to apply for, wrote cover letters and applied. Alex found a job, he started middle of August. I am still looking for […]

Solution of the game–Our NZ trip in numbers

Thanks to the few players I had!

Here you are, with the answers and the winner(s):


1- How many kilometers did we drive? 7679 km – Tomtom et Clairette are the closest with 6297… but not that close!

2- How long (in days) was our trip? 38 days – We left on the 19th […]