Small Town Ross

We left Hokitika and drove south on the west shore of the North Island. Our aim was Franz Josef glacier. But before we got there we stopped for a cup of coffee. It was small town Ross where we stopped. We started looking for a coffee shop and saw this sign: The sign said it… Read More →


We loved that all place-names were in Maori, they haven’t been changed to English, except the modern cities that were founded and build after English people arrived. Punakaiki are famous by Pancake Rocks. The Pancake Rocks are a heavily eroded limestone area where the sea bursts through several vertical blowholes during high tides. We arrived… Read More →

Christchurch and Greymouth

April 1st was the Easter Day.  Day before, March 31st,  we  were leaving Wellington and flying to the South Island, to Christchurch. Before leaving, early in the morning, we  boiled 6 eggs for our Easter meal. We boiled them in our own brewed dye that was reddish brown color. Unfortunately, our eggs were brown already… Read More →


We arrived to Wellington and that’s where our itinerary with Relaxing Journeys was over. We had almost three full days in Wellington and were on our own. We had to figure out what to do and where to go and keep in mind that we were there on Easter weekend, when many offices and stores… Read More →

Taupo and Napier

From Rotorua we traveled more south and our next stop was Taupo. Taupo is located at the outlet of  Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. It is in the caldera  of the Taupo volcano with a surface area of 616 square kilometers (238 sq mi).  The caldera was created by supervolcanic  eruption which occurred approximately 26,500 years… Read More →