A look back at our travel highlights from 2015!

I know I said that my last post would be my final one for 2015 but it wouldn’t be the end of the year if I didn’t do a bit of reminiscing. So I thought I’d do a little round up of the main highlights since we started this journey in April.

In 9 months we have explored 8 different countries over three different continents 🌏🌍 We have flown 13 times ✈ Slept in 80 different beds, 2 tents ⛺ and a camper van 🚐

It was a difficult task trying to think of only a few highlights. As you can see I got a little carried away…
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New Zealand: Franz Josef to Christchurch

Kia ora for the final time from the land of the long white cloud. How fast did those 6 weeks go?!

We are really sad that our kiwi adventure is over. Yes, we moaned about the weather  a lot but we still had the best time in beautiful NZ.

Our final week was a pretty tame one in comparison to the previous 5. And that was mainly down to good old mother nature ☔☔

After Wanaka we hit the Haast Pass to go to Franz Josef. This was yet another stunning drive.
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New Zealand: Queenstown to Wanaka

Helloooo from Franz Josef 👋

We spent the last week in Queenstown and it was a pretty adrenalin fuelled one! QT is definitely one of our favourite spots in New Zealand – I’m sure everyone who has been to NZ is with us on this one. It’s SO pretty & there’s just so much to fill your days with – it’s actually a little overwhelming knowing where to start when you first arrive!

After a very chilled night celebrating my birthday we moved onto our hostel – Sir Cedric’s Southern Laughter. It was certainly a massive step down from hotel luxury but it would do the job.

Our first full day in QT was beautiful. The sun was out & we were getting temperatures of 26°. Bliss! We made the decision to do absolutely nothing. We sat at the wharf and watched the world go by 🌞

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How pretty is that?!

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New Zealand: Wellington to Queenstown

👋 Good morning/ afternoon/ evening/ night depending on what part of the world you’re reading this from 🌏🌍

After our epic skydive in Taupo it was time to move on. We drove a long 5 hours to Wellington. We didn’t schedule a lot of time for Wellington so all we had time for was a speedy visit to Te Papa Museum. This museum is without a doubt the best I’ve ever been to. And it’s totally free! They have an amazing WW1 exhibition focusing mainly on Gallipoli. The exhibits were fantastic – so many life like models; sounds from war; and lots of interactive parts! We loved it.

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Gallipoli exhibition!

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New Zealand: Skydiving Lake Taupo!

Hey everyone! This blog is a very exciting one for me 😆

On Monday we made the short journey from Rotorua to Taupo. The main reason for our stop here was to do a skydive! Eeeeeek. Before I went travelling there were two things I was adamant I wasn’t doing. Scuba diving & skydiving… 🙈 Up until I arrived in NZ I still had no plans to skydive – why on earth anyone would want to jump out of a plane was beyond me. But when in New Zealand, the adventure capital of the world, I started to have doubts about my decision.

So, on Sunday afternoon Jonny made the call to Taupo Tandem Skydiving (the original tandem skydive company in NZ!) and we were booked in for Tuesday at 10.30am. And we were getting picked up in a hummer limo – may as well do it in style!

I didn’t actually start thinking about it until Monday night. My stomach was doing somersaults! Tuesday morning came and I really was peeing my pants. Why was I doing this?! Had I gone completely mad?! 

Our hummer arrived; we signed ourselves in on the iPads and off we went up to pick up the rest of the crazy people who wanted to be thrown out of a plane.
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New Zealand: Auckland to Rotorua

Kia Ora from New Zealand 👋 possibly the most beautifully scenic place on Earth?!

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An actual photo taken in NZ!

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Australia has probably been my favourite country so far. So leaving was really difficult. I instantly wanted to hate New Zealand as in my mind there was no way it could EVER live up to that epic road trip down the east coast. We arrived in Auckland and I could have cried. Where had all the glorious Oz sunshine gone?! How could it be so miserable only 3 hours away from sunny Sydney 😥

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