Back in Auckland 20-21.11

After Vipassana, I got a ride back to the city with the same shuttle service that I had used to get to the retreat. I went straight to the hostel and waited for check in. As I had a few hours before it was time I sat down and used the wifi to call home […]

Vipassana 08-19.11

The first day after I had gotten back to Auckland from the Vipassana my mind was all groggy. Emotions coming from everywhere and it didn’t take much for the tears to start falling. I felt SO much gratitude to have been given the opportunity to learn the technique, to have taken the time for myself […]

Update 30.11

It has been very quiet for a while here. First it was the 10 days of meditation, then I spent the days planning for my trip to Perth, and when in Perth it was road trip and little, if any, wifi connection. THe last two days have been filled with planning, due to the volcanic […]

My plans ahead 07.11

Today I spent half the day updating on here with posts I’ve been behind on. Really takes a while when the connection is half good. Missing that speedy wifi right about now! The morning, however, I spent going around shopping. I know, not the best thing to do when backpacking around different countries and continents […]

Waiheke Island 06.11

Time for the activity I booked… Wine tour at the Waiheke Island. Waiheke is an island about 40 min boat ride outside of Auckland downtown. The tour included visit to 3 vineries around the island. The three we visited was Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, Cable Bay Vineyard and Te Motu Vineyard.         […]

Auckland 05.11

Back in Auckland after 11 hours on the bus on saturday…Puh! Wasn’t as bad as I had imagened though, but still not the best day here in New Zealand. Spent my sunday doing laundry, shopping for food and booking an activity for the day after (you soon learn what!). The weather forecast said it would […]

Wellington 01-04.11

The morning after the hike everone was up bright and early, meaning we left for Wellington an hour before expected departure. It took a while getting there, but I really liked this city. This is where you find amazing artistry, pubs, restaurants and beautiful lookouts of the city.   My first night I went to […]

National Park 31.10

The time had come. We left Blue duck station just as the sun rose over the green hills at 6am. We were heading to trek the Tongariro Crossing. I had just about every piece of clothing suited for training on me, except for a good pair of hiking boots. Them I intended to rent at […]

Whakahoro aka Blue Duck Station 29-30.10

After breakfast we said goodbye to the Maori family and headed towards Wakahoro, the Blue duck station, which is really off the beaten track with the driveway to the farm being 18km of a tiny gravel road. We did, however, start off with a dip in a hot spring first before viewing the amazing Haka […]

Lake Aniwhenua 28.10

After leaving Rotorua we headed towards Lake Aniwhenua, being invited to the village of Maori people. A Maori-family have started a farm inviting tourists to take part in and learn about their culture in order to support the very poor village nearby. We learned about Haka (traditional Maori dance), we wove our own braceletes out […]