The Big Hut

The Big Hut is situated in the Rock and Pillar Range. It is the highest point to tramp to in the Dunedin realm. It took us about 3 hours to get there. Having our backpacks with us… packed with all sorts of goodies to keep us happy at the hut… we faced a daunting task…

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Summer on the North Island New Zealand!!!

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Hamilton Park

We only stayed one night in Hamilton and went to the famous park.

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Rotorua

We stayed in Rotorua for a few nights with a lovely lady at her Lakestay accomodation. One day we hiked around blue lake and another day we went mountain biking in the red woods.

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Taupo

Taupo was all about finding natural hot springs!!! so nice

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Tongariro Crossing

This hike was 23km long and took us about 8hrs! It was worth it though, because the landscape is stunning.

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National Park

We stayed with another awesome Kiwi couple at their backpackers, The Crossing. They had the funniest pig, Daisy, who recycles all the organic waste. I think she is supposed to be much smaller, but she has been fed well We took a beautiful hike to the Taranaki Falls to warm up for the big Tongariro…

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Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is beautiful!!! I came across this wonderful ancient story by Sorrel Hoskin: In the past many magnificent mountain gods lived near the heart of the North Island Te Ika a Māui (the fish of Māui): Ruapehu, Tongariro, Ngāruahoe, Taranaki, Tauhara… and the only female – little Pihanga. Pihanga was a gracefully contoured mountain…

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Wellington

Wellington is a beautiful city, full of culture and arts. Every evening you find live bands playing on buzzing Cuba Street. We really enjoyed our stay downtown, catching up on some socialising and partying! Holger bought himself a long board as you can see… which is perfect to get around the Marina. fun times…

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Wellington Region

During our first week in Wellington, we were house sitting for Hetty. She is related to the family that we stayed with in Te Awanga and has a lovely house in Papakowhai, which is about 20 mins from town centre. We spent Easter here, looking after some Easter bunnies During this week, we hiked up…

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