Okay, this wasn't lately, but almost a year ago.
So, until shortly, Florian was in New Zealand for a year. Last September, as I booked my flight to Japan, I thought I could take a detour through New Zealand, visit him and get a look at a country I heard wonderful things of.
Altogether, I was there for only just over two weeks. Which was far too little time to get to know the country. But still, I met some amazing people, drove around a lot and saw really nice places - and had a lot of fun.
These are a few pictures I took there. It's really difficult selecting just a few pictures out of so many - and I'm not sure at all if I'm happy about what I'm showing you. But these things I still have to learn.
Here's a quick sketch of the route I've taken there. Sadly I didn't make it to the bottom, with it's majestic mountains, glaciers, extreme sports and so on. Maybe I'll get there sometime. I sure would want to.
Click to enlarge. I added some numbers to show in what order I visited these places. I'm not that good in making plans.
Arriving in Wellington, New Zealands capitol and where Florian lived for a year (not sure where this is, it was a few minutes or so before landing).
Sunrise in Wellington.
Arriving at Rangitoto, an island created by the eruption of a undersea volcano in front of Auckland.
Lasertag! (also, we played against a bunch of kids, should have that here in Germany too!)
Hobbiton! The movie-set where parts of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were made.
Some awesome Hobbits I travelled with.
Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland near Rotorua.
Oh, yeah. This is Florian.
Me again, soaked by the rain, some man-induced erupting geyser behind me.
Pies! Also, they had a lot of great cakes, cookies and bread in the super-markets.
Flying from Wellington to Christchurch.
Stars. As we were heading from Christchurch to Kaikoura, we suddenly noticed how many stars were up there, stopped, and took a look.
Kaikoura fishing trip. Got on the boat at 8 a.m., and fished for 3-4 hours. Got a lot of red rock cod (probably, this is what Google tells me).
And yeah, we got some crayfish as well.
Somewhere, hiking a bit.
Stopped the van for the view. Oh right, from Christchurch on, we rented a camper-van (we were three) and travelled with that. And btw., since New Zealand is famous for its sheep, the white dots down there are sheep.
This was at an old gold-digger town somewhere in the mountains. It had some kind of old-west cowboy flair to it. We even found some (probably) little (really tiny) pieces of gold in the river there!
Arrived at the west coast of the south island.
Sadly, I had to part with Florian and Janina here and take the bus back to Christchurch, since my flight to Japan was due next day. They continued driving south and I still haven't seen the pictures they took down there!
Bus ride to Christchurch through the Arthur's Pass. Beautiful landscapes!
Oh, right. I was there in September. That was my first (and yet only) time on the southern hemisphere. It was still cold and just getting warmer. Really chilly nights. But I had a great deal of fun and I'd definitely go there again, if I get the chance. Next time with more time and hopefully a plan. But still, going on an adventure without a plan still is the most fun!