New Zealand: Now that’s how you do a roadtrip!

Howdy all!

Ok, so I’m still working on getting this place up to date on all that’s happened. You’ll have to excuse me, for I was interrupted on my last break by one of the funnest, randomest roadtrips ever.

on another stunning, empty beach at the end of a random gravel road. AMAZING!

I recently returned from a multi-week roadtrip to New Zealand. The timing was perfect as my friend Kevin (at Uni of Auckland on exchange) had his spring break (yeah… reverse seasons) perfectly coinciding with my break. Say no more! After resolving some initial passport issues, I hopped a plane over to NZ and the rest is history. We toured around North Island NZ with two awesome new friends who are also on exchange with Kev: Jeroen (from Holland) and Casey (from Oregon). In a less-than-sexy but still “funtional” rental car dubbed ‘Candi’, Kev, Jeroen (aka J-Whiz) and I first toured around the top of the North Island, before being joined by Casey for the second week… Wow, all I can say is that NZ has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world! Amazing scenery and constantly changing landscapes, a tectonically active chunk of earth with lots of geothermal & volcanic activity to check out. Amongst it, I was lucky enough to catch up with my fellow UBC friends Alison and Hannah, and share a few escapades. The trip was jam-packed and full of highlights:

Giant sand dunes, spiritual Cape Reigna, hot springs, hiking on the slopes of a volcano (Mt Taranaki), surfing, camping, tubing through glow-worm filled caves, cheering for the All-Blacks during the rugby world cup opener, giant kauri trees, getting lost down gravel roads, meeting new friends, finding amazing beaches and waterfalls down random side-roads, seeing Kiwi birds and yes, what’s a trip to NZ without bungee jumping! (which turned out to be admittedly scarier than anticipated).

Casey has a great account of the second half of our trip on her blog (I purposely didn’t bother to write about a lot of the details because she’s already done it for me:). It’s much better and more detailed than this one lol, so definitely go and check it out here:

CANDI, COLBY, AND CHIPS… OH MY!

Spending our final few days at the world famous surf hamlet of Raglan made me really question returning to work haha. If I had no commitments I would still be there now, guaranteed! Don’t tell the Aussies, but reckon I liked NZ more than Australia! A great time catching up with old friends and making some new ones. Can’t wait to go back.

Hope you’re all well, and I promise I’ll have more updates in the near future!

Pictures of our entire trip HERE. There were 3 of us with cameras, so we got a lot of good ones!

Cheers, Erich

our happy little family, including Colby the Kiwi

group photo at Cathedral Cove on the Cormandle Peninsula, NZ

Kevin at the giant Te Paki sand dunes

We drove down a random back road… and found this!

Casey, Kev and I at the beautiful Mt Taranaki stratovolcano

Alison joining us for some kayaking in the Bay of Islands

body surfing at Spirit Bay

Casey at “craters of the moon” geothermal park, near Taupo

Taupo hot springs

exploring an old gold mining district

Cape Reigna, the northern tip of NZ

Cathedral Cove

Kevin disappointed after finding out the waterfall we thought was going to be 36m tall was actually just… 3.6m tall.

Getting our surf on at Raglan beach

Only the beach break was working, but it was still fun as!

our adopted mascot, ‘Colby’ waves bye from Lake Taupo