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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 […]

Game : Our NZ trip in numbers

For all the readers who followed our trip through the news and now with all the full articles and pictures, maybe you can try to guess a few numbers about our trip:


1- How many kilometers did we drive?

2- How long (in days) was our trip?

3- How much money did we spend […]

Back to Auckland – 22/02/2015

In Wellington, we went south to find a free camping area, still quite close to the city, which was pretty interesting. It was, as all the time in Wellington, pretty windy. But we appreciated the view on the Cook Strait at the end of the day.

Owhiro Bay, south of Wellington

On […]

South Island, Part6 – South East, Mount Cook and back to Wellington – 15/02/2015

We started the last part of our trip with driving down to the southern most point of the south island of New Zealand, Slope point. There, there is nothing. A long gravel road leading to sheep fields and a bit of rocks, with a sign posted in the middle…

Slope Point

Well, […]

South Island, Part5 - Milford Sound and Stewart Island - 07/02/2015

After the epic adventure on Skippers Road, we drove further south and aimed for the Milford Sound road. We stopped on the way at Steve and Kelly’s house to say hi and enjoy a nice tea and cake. For those who don’t know, Steve is the brother of Geoff from Warkworth lodge! My last adventures […]

South Island, Part4 – Pancake rocks to Queenstown – 04/02/2015

We started our exploration of the west coast at Pancake rocks and then just drove south, with a few stops on the way. We experience our first really rainy day in Hokitika, where we spend a big part of the afternoon in the library for Wi-Fi internet and charging laptops and camera.

South Island, Part3 - Christchurch to the West Coast - 01/02/2015

The way down to Christchurch through Lewis Pass was nice, but nothing really special, just a nice long drive between small mountain ranges, along rivers, through the forest…

In Christchurch, we could sleep at Selwyn council free campsite, which was quite nice considering the proximity with the city.

We walked through Christchurch, and I have […]