A sad farewell and a crawly hello – Auckland to Sydney

8th and 9th October Our final days in New Zealand were weird. We were looking forward to the next adventure but we were very sad to leave New Zealand. Tori and I ventured to Mission Bay to catch up with Mary-Anne. We had a lovely lunch in a pizzeria and heard all about her tales…

A Very Kiwi Birthday

7th October The point that we have always thought of as ‘sooooo far away’ has finally come. A VERY happy birthday to my fave! She’s the yin to my yang, the tim to my tam. She’s been the best travel buddy anyone could ask for and I cannot imagine sharing this experience with anyone else!…

‘The car keys are in the sea’ – Auckland to Piha

5-6th October Back in Auckland and we wanted to get back out of Auckland. We knew that  Chris and Charlotte from Wellington would be in Piha during the week and that it was the most gorgeous place that we simply needed to visit. So that was our plan. And it would fall on my birthday so I…

‘Shoes off’ – Pahia

4th October Our bus didn’t leave Paihia until the afternoon today so we decided to do the coastal walk. Katie and Pod had gone to do their parasailing so Jack, Laura, Sam, Flo and I headed to the beach. A walk over beach, rocks, and through forest and after an hour or so we reached…

‘Ten’s a charm’ – Auckland to the Bay of Islands

1st October It was the beginning of the month that saw us embark on our last Stray journey. We had been saving this one for nicer weather as we were informed that it was more ‘tropical’ up north. New Zealand did not disappoint and it was in bright sunshine we left Auckland. We met our…

A breezy day in Mission Bay

30th September Today we already a fancied a day out of Auckland. Our new dorm mate Mike had told us that Mission Bay hadn’t been his favourite and he didn’t recommend it, so naturally we ended up going there anyway. The bus dropped us off right next to the beach. Very beautiful but very cold!…

Stationary – Coromandel to Auckland to Manuka

29th September After a slightly damper day yesterday the sun began to shine in full earnest. The day we were leaving to go back to Auckland. We said goodbye to the hostel and all the friends and hopped back in the car for the journey back. It should only take two and half hours, so…

‘I’m sure it’s here somewhere’ – Coromandel Town

28th September For our last full day in the Coromandel Peninsular we thought we’d drive across to Coromandel Town. Having been been warned by Aussie Stu in our hostel that it was pretty small we approached with thoughts of a small yet bustling, picturesque seaside town. Parking the car in the empty car park we…

Not New Chums – Hot Water Beach and New Chums Beach

27th September We love the freedom of having a car again. Where will today take us? Who knows, we are free to explore. Today Flo, I and our little Nissan ventured to Hot Water Beach to see what all the fuss was about. The lovely lady at reception handed us our spade and sent us…