Have you ever planned to go to New Zealand? Got inspired of some astonishing pictures on the internet or stories of your friends? My personal advice: DO it. Head there as soon as possible, it’s worth it! I got inspired from some friends back in Austria and (after only 10 days) I’m glad they did. Now it’s time to inspire YOU:
First of all, sorrry I haven’t updated my travels for awhile but New Zealand is such an astonishing country and I fell into its best adventures right from the very beginnings of my arrival. My journey started with planning my trips (which, of course, have already completely changed ;-)) on my first night with some locals in a Hostel in Wellington and ended with an interesting nonprofessional hiking experience yesterday. However, even though I haven’t gone to places I actually wanted, I’ve had an unforgettable time – explored places I have never expected to visit, met inspiring personalities and had just a wonderful time in remarkable, unpolluted mountain regions of New Zealand.
Due to having only 3 weeks, which is a very short time for such a beautiful country, I actually planned to only travel through the Northern Island of New Zealand. Never mind, everyone I met and especially the locals I had met at the hostel in Wellington told me to go to the Southern Island. Zackk – on the next day I sat on the ferry heading to the Southern Island:
Before departure I bought a used 2 weeks old tent for 10 bucks from another traveller in the hostel – Camping and hitchhiking experience: Here I come!
Departed on the Southern Island, I immediately got a ride from a local to the next hostel in Blenheim as it was already pretty late (and dark) – thanks Mark!
Abel Tasman National Park.
On the next day I hitchhiked to the Abel Tasman National Park (which took me about 2 1/2 hours) and started the famous Coastal Track. Off with my more than 20kg backpack and food for 2 days I thought I will turn after max. 2 hours but believe it or not, you get used to it. It did not even feel uncomfortable anymore after 2 hours. I was in my walking rhythm and enjoyed the walk … although I have to say it was not a tricky track with up and downs, just a beautiful view whereever you are on the track as you walk right next to the sea. I walked around 25km to Bark Bay where I camped for one night and walked back on the following day.
Some snapshots I took on the Coastal Track:
After the Abel Tasman Coastal Track I immediately got a ride to the next town (Nelson) where I accidentally landed at one of the best hostels I’ve been on my travels. Clean, fair price, great atmosphere and a manager who is a traveller, too. In my opinion, he even acts more like a backpacker than the owner of the acommodation. This is not only a moneymaking hostel – this is passion! So if you travel around the Southern Island of New Zealand soon, I definitely recommend to stay at Otto’s. 🙂
Traver Sabine Circuit.
When I arrived in Nelson I would never have expected to do that track but (as I dont have any plans), a young adventurous German guy called Arendt asked me to join because he had planned to do it a couple days ago. One night and off we went. We both, packed with a tent, a sleeping bag and food for the 5 days 96km hike were not quite experienced for a long term hike but looking forward to having lots of adventure. And honestly, it was definitely the best decision I made. Imagine walking for 5 days in an unbelievably beautiful National Park – no polluting cars, no internet, no stress! Just enjoying the walk through quiet forrests and mountain landscapes. The only faux pas: we slowly ran out of food … for sure, not the best experience on such a hike! So we had to save our goods, got less food for dinner and rice for breakfast – yummy! 😛
However, it was still worth it and an awesome, memorable experience 🙂
I hope I could give you some impressions of my first half of my New Zealand adventure. Now I’m looking forward to my upcoming adventure. Feel free to comment, share or sending me an email! This blog is not only made for sharing my travel stories and experience … it’s there for inspiration. I started backpacking almost 3 months ago and I can still say it was 100% the best decision I’ve ever made. Travelling independent is not as hard as it sounds and in my mind, everyone should do it once. Start to travel here.
All the very best,
Stay safe and