Arrowtown and Glenorchy

When you stay in Queenstown there are two sites outside the city that every one recommends you to visit. That’s Arrowtown and Glenorchy. Of course, they both were on our list. Early in the morning we left for Arrowtown. First of all we stopped by a Shotover River: Arrowtown is a historic gold mining town…. Read More →

Queenstown

We arrived to Queenstown, the heart of the South Islands. There are so many activities around, promising  a lot of fun.  They even call Queenstown New Zealand’s Las Vegas. Just because it is filled with tourists, and many places, to our big surprise, were open till late night. We stayed in Queenstown for three nights…. Read More →

Wanaka Tree and more

Next day  we had to get to the heart of the South Island- Queenstown. The mountains were left behind and we drove through the valleys with vineyards and orchards, and green meadows. Once in a while we would stop to enjoy the azure lakes. I’ve never seen more beautiful lakes like ones in New Zealand…. Read More →

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 →

Punakaiki

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 →

Wellington

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 →

Rotorua

Rotorua is another must to see in New Zealand’s North island. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers  and hot mud pools. We had two nights there and we wished we had more. So much to see! Not only to see but also to smell! Rotorua has the nickname Sulphur City, because… Read More →

Finally-New Zealand!

I know many of my friends are patiently waiting until I can tell them about my recent trip to New Zealand.  After I returned and was still struggling with a jet lag, I had to deal with a harsh reality: to make three small quilts in a week! Now, when that is behind me and… Read More →