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Nelson area

2 November 2018

After the ferry on Sunday October 14, I spent two days around Nelson. Then a day in the Golden Bay after the Abel Tasman Track. Cullen Point On the road between Picton and Nelson I stopped at Cullen Point. A short walk of one hour. Not bad in the forest but from time to time a small thinning between the branches allowed to have a nice view. I advise you to stop there only if you really have the time,…

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A week road trip in North Island

25 October 2018

After my road trip day in Cathedral Cove, I packed my stuff, loaded my van and left on the roads Monday, October 8th afternoon! I had a week in the North Island before I took the ferry on Sunday morning. Taranaki The weather is a little capricious that week in the North Island I adapted my ride with the weather application by my side 😅. I would ideally go down quietly to mount Taranaki but it was raining from Wednesday…

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Cathedral cove again! A beach day

12 October 2018

Before officially going on a road trip I wanted to see Coromandel and particularly Cathedral Cove one last time! Journey The Coromandel and its mythical Cathedral Cove are not really on the way to another destination. That’s why I preferred to make an express round trip from Auckland. I probably would not have time to come back after … After the escape room organized by my collegues on the occasion of my leaving I drove directly to Whitianga. Well, almost,…

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New Caledonia – Summary, tips and budget

19 September 2018
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Taking the opportunity of a running race organized in Noumea I went to spend a week in New Caledonia. It was not especially on my list of islands / countries to visit but I was really conquered! Trip – Day 1-3 : Noumea  (“capitale” of Caledonia): Airbnb at Jane‘s house for 13663Fr (144,5E). => The perfect host that will bring you shopping or Magenta Airport if needed. – Day 3-5 : Isle of Pines : Atchu ca;psite in hut for 4250Fr per night…

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Ouvea – paradise of New Caledonia

11 September 2018
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It’s simple, Ouvéa is nicknamed the island closest to paradise. And honestly, that’s true! I only stayed there 2 days after the Isle of Pines but I really loved it!! Les cocotiers cottage I google and I had noticed that the best part of Ouvea is Mouli. So I wanted to stay there to enjoy its paradisiacal beach! I chose the cottage cocotiers (FYI there is a campsite not far from the beach in Lekiny). I had a hut with…

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Isle of Pines – New Caledonia

9 September 2018
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After my first weekend at Nouméa I took an domestic flightticket on Air Calédonie for the Isle of Pines. Unfortunately the weather was not my ally and I had only rain … I almost did not land as well, indeed after two unsuccessful attempts the pilots return to Nouméa. The second was good for us! And get a free little flyover of the island 😊. Atchu campsite The accommodation being relatively expensive I booked to the Atchu campsite a wooden…

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Noumea – New Caledonia

3 September 2018
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When I knew that a running race was organized in Noumea, I thought it was time for me to discover “le caillou” 😉 Arrival in New Caledonia I took a plane ticket directly into the Air Calin website. FYI the flight is operated by Air New Zealand. There are no direct flights every day. It takes 3 hours to connect La Tontouta (the international airport north of Noumea) from Auckland. Once there, two options are available to you : – the…

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Winter in New Zealand

24 August 2018
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In New Zealand, winter starts on June 1st (not at the solstice) and lasts until the end of August. I spent this winter 2018 working in Auckland, not the most fun 🙄. Weather in New Zealand Auckland (and overall north island) The Auckland winter is not very cold … But rather very rainy! In general, the weather is rather capricious in Auckland because of its enclave between two oceans. Winter is still relatively rare to have a full day without…

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4d week-end in Christchurch

5 July 2018
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During my preparation of my weekend I was thinking of doing a road trip around Christchurch for 4 days. And then I finally took a appointment for a new tattoo, incorrigible! Christchurch city Christchurch is the biggest city of the South Island and the point of arrival of the international flights of this island. The city has been affected by several powerful earthquakes in 2010, 2011 and 2016. At present the city is still under reconstruction. It gives the impression…

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Road trip to Cape Reinga (3 days)

10 June 2018
cape reinga

For the Queen’s birthday’s long weekend I made a road trip in the Northland with the aim to reach Cape Reinga. This is the northernmost point of New Zealand! First step : Whangarei falls 425km separate Auckland from Cape Reinga. Having 3 days ahead I made a relaxed journey. I first went to Whangarei Falls. I already had the opportunity to visit this city but having no van at the time I didn’t go to see this falls. It was a rainy…

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