Happy Sunday everybody! In case you wondered why it’s been so quiet on my blog for the last weeks, it’s because I was travelling around New Zealand. We were away for three weeks, but it feels like months actually, we’ve seen and done just so much! From spectacular geysers to a pod of dozens of dolphins, a visit to one of the world’s largest film studios, to a pint of beer in Hobbiton, several scenic boat rides, stunning street art, to icebergs floating in a glacier lake, and much much more.
We returned last Thursday after almost 48 hours of non-stop travelling and my body clock is still completely messed up. Hubby and I keep falling asleep on the sofa each night after dinner, which isn’t that surprising since we wake up at 5am each morning. My head isn’t really focussing yet, so for now I’ll share some photos from my Instagram feed here with you. A more detailed report of our trip will follow on my dedicated travel blog Done That Been There, but I have so many stories and photos to share so I’ll probably return with Kiwi-themed blog posts here on Dutch Girl in London as well.
Auckland: the start and end of our trip
The largest geyser in the southern hemisphere
Bilbo and Frodo’s home in Hobbiton
A lazy seal in Kaikoura
And more wildlife in Kaikoura! #dolphins
A few days ago I missed a pod of dolphins swimming in front of the ferry whilst crossing from the North Island to the South Island, but that’s been more than made up today when dozens of dolphins swam along our boat in Kaikoura during our whale watching explorations (saw 3 whales up close too!) ❤️ No need to zoom in for this picture, they were literally all around us!
A mural by one of my favourite artists in Christchurch
Spectacular views in Mount Cook National Park
The most famous tree on Instagram! #ThatWanakaTree
Stunning nature in Mount Aspiring National Park
Overlooking the Blue Pools in Mount Aspiring National Park, a stunning drive up there from Wanaka. It was a grey day and the mountains were constantly shrouded in mist which made the landscape look very dramatic and mysterious. I expected to see King Kong swinging along in the lush green landscape, but that never happened 😉
My first cup of coffee in 4 weeks in Russell, formerly known as Hell Hole in the days of the first European settlers
What better place to have my first coffee in 4 weeks (and the only one on this trip!) than at a café called Hell Hole?! 😝 Hell Hole was actually the nickname for the town of Russell as its inhabitants consisted of convicts, prostitutes and shady people at the time of the first European settlers in the 19th century 😉
If you want to see more of my photos, please follow me on Instagram: @dutchgirlinlondon or @zarinatravels. I’ll return soon with more photos and stories, but for now I wish you a lazy Sunday (I’ll be on the sofa)!