After it was time to say goodbye in Australia, Philipp and I were really excited about our road trip in New Zealand. In every new country we have to get used to new people, maybe a new language, a new currency or a new culture. Coming from Australia the reorientation in New Zealand was not so big for us, but as we arrived last week in Christchurch, I guess the biggest challenge and change was for sure our new life in the camper van. Living in a small van with tiny space and exploring the country in WINTER is definitely a new experience that we may have underestimated a little in the beginning.
But with all the ups and downs after one week on the road, Philipp and I got used to the whole new situation and can now better enjoy the moments and adventures during this little road trip. So even if the winter in New Zealand is no picnic and it can be challenging to wake up in a complete frozen car, seeing the sunrise next to a breathtaking view right in front of your van window in the middle of nowhere is quite unbeatable.
So as mentioned we started our road trip on the south island in Christchurch and already explored some amazing places with the most breathtaking views we have ever seen. From the Mount Cook National Park next to the Lake Pukaki, the Lindis Pass, the hipp Queenstown with all his extreme sport offers and the crazy but beautiful way all up to Milford Sound and it’s world famous fjords. The south island has definitely something to offer for everyone and as Philipp and I are specially interested to see the beautiful nature of New Zealand we are more than happy to explore the country with our camper van day after day.
What we can say so far, New Zealand is an awesome country with everywhere friendly and nice people, amazing food (especially the pies 😊) and of course breathtaking nature. Sometimes we hit the road and can’t believe what we just see outside the window. The landscape is almost too cheesy and somehow we understand why some people say it’s one of their favourite countries.
Philipp and I also love it because it reminds us sometimes about back home and Austria. The small villages, the mountains, the lakes – the country definitely gives us a little bit of the “home” feeling on the other side of the world. A fact we really like 😊
Speaking about that, we are really excited about our next upcoming days/weeks in the country of the kiwis (we still haven’t seen one) and can’t wait to update you about our new adventures.
Lovely and cold greetings from New Zealand,
Melanie & Philipp