Waingaro to Auckland

I wake to a heavy dew on a morning just warm enough to avoid a light frost from forming. I walk outside to look at Heidi and David’s alpacas and goats that live in Heidi and paddocks. While curious, the alpacas only come so close to me. But the goats are fairly well climbing the fence…

Tauranga to Whitianga

Sunrise out the window is amazing. It’s perfectly coloured and reflects off the ocean. I stay in bed longer than usual just to watch this marvelous sight. Not that we lie in terribly late. We are on time to join Rachel (our Couch Surfing host) for breakfast and some more conversation. In fact, by the…

Taupo to Tauranga

We leave town headed for Tauranga. Rotorua comes and goes. We had thought about stopping but it looks like the sort of town that has worked out how to take our money quite quickly for relatively little reward. That’s the thing about New Zealand, it’s an expensive country to travel. That said, if you stay away from…

New Plymouth

The artsy town of New Plymouth is the only large town on the west coast of the Taranaki region. It’s little more than a village but the distinction between city, town and village is broad here in New Zealand with its tiny national population. Len Lye Gallery Len Lys was a post modern artist from New…

Leeuwarden

Leo from Couch Surfing has kindly invited us to stay with him for a couple of nights while we’re in The Netherlands. He lives in Leeuwarden so that’s how we come to spend a day exploring the capital of Friesland. We arrive after our day in Westerbork and feel instantly welcome. And it’s also a…