My Life in New Zealand

Category: Road Trip

Brewster Hut

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The tramp to Brewster Hut is situated just off the Haast Pass road and only about a half day hike! While the hike is usually around 3 hours, Bessie and I were faced with extreme weather and it took us more like 5 hours, arriving just in time as the sun was setting behind the snow capped mountains. While the hike was very exhausting and challenging – hiking through snow up to our knees – the outcome was more than we could have hoped for as we snuggled into a little red hut all to ourselves.

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Greenstone to Mavora Lakes

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This weekend Bessie and I hiked the Greenstone – Mavora Walk. On Saturday morning at 8AM we took the Info + Track bus from Queenstown, pass Glenorchy and into the Greenstone Carpark where we started the big 50km weekend! The first day we walked through the Greenstone and once reaching the Greenstone Hut made our way into the Passburn Valley. Up and down, over and under through hard ground and soft we eventually made it to the Taipo Hut where we spent Saturday night boiling creek water to drink and playing games.

Sunday morning we headed over a swing bridge and 12 km later reached the Boundary Hut. From here we kept on walking and eventually made it to Mavora Lake which we followed all the way until the end! Our ride had a bit of car troubles back in Queenstown so we hitched our way to Mossburn with two kiwi blokes from Gore – riding in the back of their dairy farm truck!

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Kinloch + The Rees Valley

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The other weekend James and I headed out to explore Kinloch and The Rees Valley… two location we have both already visited but always fun to go back again, especially on a sunny blue bird day!

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Mt. Aspring National Park

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The other weekend Bessie and I headed into Mt. Aspiring National Park and spend Saturday and Sunday exploring the West Matukituki Valley. On Saturday morning we hiked from Rasberry Creek Carpark, past Aspiring Hut, and onto Liverpool Hut. For the last two hours we practiced our rock climbing skills with a steep incline where we clutched onto rocks and roots hurling ourselves one step at a time. The Liverpool Hut was perfection – bright red with six bunks – perfect for a cozy evening with our new friend Georges playing games and drinking bagged wine!

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Milford Sound

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Ruyard Kipling called it the eighth Wonder of the World – and well, I would have to agree. Milford Sound is a fiord located in the south west of the South Island and it’s stunning any time of the year and in any weather conditions. We lucked out and had the best of both worlds, earlier in the day it had been pouring which made the falls strong and fierce, but as the day wore on the sun came out and we were blessed with clear skies and stunning views.

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El Capitan Canyon, California Accommodation

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We stayed in some pretty unique places on our California Road Trip, but I would have to say El Capital Canyon was a pretty special place! This campground resort offers all types of accommodation options – from tents to cabins to luxury yurts – you are sure to find something that suits your style. Located just outside of Santa Barbra, we found this site a great place to break up the drive from San Francisco back to Santa Monica.

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Santa Barbara AM , California

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After a jam packed Friday spent in Santa Monica, including an evening hike up Runyon Canyon to see a foggy Hollywood Sign, we sipped some coffee and ate a big America breakfast then hit the road to Santa Barbara. After doing a bit of research I realized that we were going to catch the Saturday local farmers market located right off State Street. Lucky us! Post farmers market stroll we walked around town, taking in the sights and stopping along the way to discover what was around.

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Santa Monica, California

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About 4 months ago – when I was still in the planning process of my trip back home to America – we decided to organize a sibling roadtrip. The three of us had never explored California and it seemed like the best opportunity to spend time together and see new places!

Santa Monica was the perfect place to start our 7 day California adventure. After arriving into LAX, around 8PM,  we headed straight to In and Out Burger (something my brother had been dreaming about for days!) and then onto my best friend from childhood’s house to stay the night. The next day was filled with Southern California sunshine, sandy beaches, bright colors, and exciting times. We rode the West Coaster, ate salsa and tacos, and explored Santa Monica by foot!

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kennebunkport + porpoise cove

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I am in love with Kennebunkport, Maine… summer flowers, painted buildings, quaint shops and lobster pounds… a stunning coastal Maine spot. We spent a quick afternoon strolling the main street and popping into little shops and pretty buildings. From Kennybunkport we headed to Porpoise Cove, a short 5 minute drive outside of town for lobster and onion rings on the dock!

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A New England Roadtrip

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One month later and my USA trip is coming to a close – only one week left! To describe the trip as anything less than an epic whirlwind of adventure, action, and family love would be a crime…. what a time it has been! A few weeks ago my mom, dad, and I hit the road in a small rental car and headed up North for a 5 day quick trip to Maine. From Virginia to Maine the scenery was perfection and I definitely plan to go back again with more time on my side.

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