Hello North Island (Wellington and Napier)

March 25, 2018 – Napier, New Zealand


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Wellington was cloudy and cold when we visited. At least it wasn’t pouring any more as it had during the night so we decided to walk into the city center. We visited the famous Te Papa Museum which we thought was alright and explored the downtown area and the Cuba Street night market. At the end of the day we had walked 19km, pushed a stroller for 19km, carried Levi for probably 8km and fell asleep more than tired.

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Lavender, Rain & Ice (Wanaka, Haast Pass and Glaciers)

March 16, 2018 – Punakaiki, New Zealand


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When we got to Wanaka in the morning it was packed with hundreds of people. Who knows what they were all doing there. We opted on visiting a local Lavender farm (my cousin from Canada knows the wife of the owner, unfortunately she wasn’t there when we visited) which was super relaxing and the place was beautifully set and decorated.

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Southland and the Catlins

March 12, 2018 – Te Anau, New Zealand


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A change of plans brought us all the way down South to the Catlins. It was Joe’s idea to take the longer, scenic route instead of just driving to Te Anau from Dunedin directly and was that ever a good thought! We experienced New Zealand just like one imagines it. Lush, green hills and valleys with thousands of peacefully  grazing sheep. Steep cliffs and rough, impressive beaches. An incredible nature and other than that nothing much. Not even cell phone coverage or internet in many parts (and here is the reason why I didn’t post anything for days).

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