Bula Fiji

It had always been my intention to finish the trip with sunshine, high temperatures, beaches and relaxation. Fiji checks all of the above and is easily reached from New Zealand. After a 3 hour flight from Auckland we arrived in Nadi. We spent one night at a small resort before heading to Yaqeta island on the Yasawa Flyer, a fast daily island shuttle boat. Yaqeta was the last of the Yasawa’s to be colonised by Fijians, there is only one resort on Yaqeta (Navutu Stars) and there is a small village. Continue reading “Bula Fiji”

Haere Ra, goodbye!

Being in a volcanic area means that there is a lot of geothermal activity below and above the surface. Rotorua and its surroundings are the best place to catch some of these natural occurring phenomena. We paid a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland which has several of these features packed in their 3 km round walk. The large champagne pool, boiling mud, mineral terraces and of course the distinct smell of sulphurous gas (rotten eggs) all around you. Continue reading “Haere Ra, goodbye!”

Exploring NZ’s North Island

Everyone that has been to or lives in NZ probably has an opinion about which of the two islands they like most or is the prettiest. I’ve mostly heard that the South Island, with far less people than North, should be the most beautiful one. We were about to find out now that our North Island part of the trip begins.  Continue reading “Exploring NZ’s North Island”