Lake Rotoroa New Zealand
New Zealand

Kia Ora from New Zealand

My original plan was to write this blog from The Netherlands, but as I’m well aware of right now, things don’t always go as planned in my life. And so by now I have arrived in Auckland a few days ago already, ready to hit the and of the long white could. I’ve spent the past couple of weeks in The Netherlands where I had planned to do lots of fun things with friends, prepare my trip and write a whole lot of stories. It all felt really good, until only days after returning home from Nepal, I woke up with a pain in my throat. Not a whole lot later I started getting a fever and eventually I spent some ten days in bed, suffering from a nasty throat infection. Just two days after I finally started feeling better, I woke up with a red and itchy rash all over my body. I made a visit to the doctors twice and eventually it turned out that it was an allergic reaction to the antibiotics I used to fight my throat infection. I will not go into details but it seriously was the most severe itch I’ve ever had. The worst itch I can actually remember was caused by sandfly bites when I was in New Zealand six years ago, so I’m a little curious if it is just my imagination or if it really was that bad, compared to what I experienced now.
So anyway, I’ve arrived in New Zealand right on the other side of the world. When I decided to quit my job to travel back in April, I knew I’d want to spend a lot of time in New Zealand, since for me this is just the most beautiful country in the world. It’s my third time here and although I have three months to spend here, I’m already quite sure it will not be enough once again. Right now it doesn’t really feel like I’m on the other side of the world by the way, as I’m still whatsapping and messaging with friends back home, but I’m sure the feeling of being really really far away will kick in soon enough.
My idea is to do lots of hiking while here. To me New Zealand is the best place in the world for hiking and more important: free of worries. There are not creepy animals that could possibly kill you (as in grizzlies, snakes etc.), the trails are generally well marked and I feel completely safe out here hiking by myself as a woman. My plan is to hike as much as I can and combine some multi-day hikes with day hikes. Plus of course I want to work on We12travel of course. I’ve already noticed wifi is expensive and/or slow, so fingers crossed it’s going to work out the way I planned to. And of course I want to read a lot, just like I planned to on my previous trips.
For the New Zealand insiders: I don’t have a really fixed plan because I also want to see what the weather does. Since I do have quite a bit of time, I don’t necessarily feel the need to hike through the pouring rain for days if I don’t have to. I do have a global plan though, more or less. I’ll be driving to the Bay of Islands once I’ve got my car fixed, which is hopefully around January 1st. Until that time I’ll stay in Auckland, preparing for my trip, buying camping gear and such. After the Bay of Islands I’d like to visit a couple of volcanoes up on the north island, before eventually heading south, where I’ll be doing some multi-day treks. By the end of February my friend Marieke will get here and we’ll do some hiking together, such as the Routeburn Track. At the end of March I’m flying back home again from Auckland. Although right now it feels like I have all the time in the world, I’m sure that time will fly and I’ll be boarding my plane with tears in my eyes.
I’ve already finished my first hike (on Rangitoto Island, a blog will follow soon) and I plan on taking it easy and recovering from the jetlag over the next couple of days. A twelve hour time difference makes me feel really weird and basically just makes me want to sleep all the time. Keep an eye out for new stories here and for now enjoy the weekend!
Want to read more about my previous New Zealand adventures? You may also like the following posts:
The most beautiful unknown places in New Zealand
New Zealand travel tips for first timers
Hiking in New Zealand – the best places
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