Aotearoa – the Maori Name which translates to “the land of the long white cloud”. And that describes exactly my experiences when i put my foot on the ground for the first time in my life. The grass was as green as one would expect when being part of a fairy tale that just came true. I’ve never seen such blue skies, not even clouds that white and fluffy. I was tempted to take piece as a pillow and crawl into a bed with it.
We arrived around 8:30 in the morning after traveling and being awake for about 50+ hours. But i didn’t felt tired or sleepy. There were tons of palms simply everywhere. I felt pretty overwhelmed by all that impressions. I mean, it was the first time in my life that I’ve been on the other side of the world. Literally.
We rented a Camper-Van and drove around both islands within the next 4 weeks, putting some serious miles on the clock ( ~ 5000 miles / 8000 km ). The good thing was, that we’ve seen a lot different things from almost everywhere. The bad thing is, we didn’t take some time and stayed where we liked it. I cant really tell why, but i really wanted to see as much of that country as possible. Maybe you can imagine on how i felt after being back over here. My mind was flooded by all those impressions. To much information for that “short” amount of time and the huge amount of moments and collected memories.
Sitting at the Shore of Lake Taupo for lunch on ANZAC Day – clear blue skies, a little windy but still great weather for an “almost-autumn-day”
Rolling in to a Campsite during a thunderstorm around 10 PM at Bowentown Beach Holiday Park and waking up by sunrise like 20 feet away from the ocean was just breathtakingly incredible
Walking through the City of Christchurch, being surprised by the damage which was caused by the latest earth quake (which i totally missed somehow)… I remember tearing up quite a bit while passing a ruined church where like 170 people have lost their lives… seeing buses shuttling tourists through the forbidden zone of the inner city where the destruction was most intense felt kinda bizarre though
Driving all the way up to the world famous and spectacular Milford Sound where we stayed for two nights going on a cruise with almost no rain… that was so impressive, i will never forget that trip
Maybe getting up early to catch the first fresh coffee while being in Queenstown, sitting right next to the main street and watching the town coming back to live… i really cant decide which of those moments has left the biggest impression on me.
Well, you see there are a lot of things to see and to do. So why not hiking through that incredibly beautiful country and meet all those great people?
To be honest, i cant really find a good reason for not doing it.
I am so excited for it. But there is still the PCT to do. Stay tuned 😉