Feb 8 – 11 We leave Eva at the airport in Auckland ( 😦 ) and continue north towards Whangarei, supposedly 2 hours away, if it wasn’t for the fact that we took a wrong turn and ended up going a longer, albeit more scenic, way. We have two full days to spend in Northland, … More 81 – The North
February 3: Napier to Rotorua (via Taupo) Thermal Explorer Highway honours it’s pompous name. As you approach Rotorua, you start seeing fumes and vapour randomly rising from the forest, and you start smelling it, too. There are plenty of things you can see around Rotorua, but the best of it is definitely a walk around … More 80 – Hell and Paradise
January 30: Wellington to New Plymouth The road trip begins. We pick up the car at Wellington airport and head north along the coast. I am the only person from the group who is comfortable with driving on the other side of the road, so I do most of the driving, at least in … More 79 – The road trip begins
Finally, New Zealand. The visit was long time overdue. January 24-26 Although Malaysia and New Zealand are only 4 hours time difference, I manage to cause myself a spectacular jet lag nonetheless by firstly spending the night wide awake in Kuala Lumpur airport, then watching stupid films during the 12 hours flight, and then waiting … More 78 – Kia Ora, Aotearoa!
January 19 to 23 I take a small shuttlebus from Tanah Rata towards Taman Negara, which means just national park. The oldest and the biggest reserve in the country. takes about three hours to drive from Tanah Rata to a village called Kuala Tembeling, where we board a little river boat and continue another three … More 77 – THE National Park
January 16 -19 When in Malaysia, Cameron Highlands are not to be missed. Even if you don’t trek, you can visit tea plantations, stuff your face with local strawberries, play golf, or generally just chill in a nicer and cooler climate compared to the rest of the country. Located in about 1700m altitude, the temperature … More 76 – First taste of jungle in Cameron Highlands
January 13 – 15 The great thing about Asia is that not only no one expects you to make any ahead planning, but no plan will work out the way you thought, so there is no point in trying. Just go with the flow and see what happens. Things do work out in some way, … More 75 – I Kissed Johnny Depp!