Marc & Lisy's little adventure travel blog

The tree ferns are everywhere, and they give the forest a pre-historic...

Here is our rental van- Marc is getting the hang of driving...

Everywhere you look, there is stunning scenery. We just had to stop...

Just another view of the forest. The whole island is green!

In this one picture there are so many shades of green. This...

Lisy at the edge of the dense forest. Amazingly there are no...

It is easy to see why so many movies are filmed here...

A nice little meadow- notice no people or pollution!

Looking out over Doubtless bay, near the far north of the country.

A beautiful summer day in Northland. We were the only people for...

Flowers that we try to grow in our gardens just grow naturally...

An East Coast gem, there are so many deserted beaches that we...

Marc is hidden in the foliage, somewhere near the Bay of Islands.


After a much needed sleep from our long flight we checked out of our hotel in Auckland and checked into our little RV or as the Kiwi's say, "Camper Van." We decided that this would be a fun way to explore the North Island of NZ. Even though it is summertime here, it is still pretty cold. I felt a little silly bundled up in a thick fleece while everyone else is in shorts and little tops! The Kiwis think they live in the tropics! Even Marc was cold! So we decided to head North (the warmest part of the country) to find some warmth. This part of the country is called Northland and it is absolutely beautiful! I have never seen so many shades of green in my life. There are wide open spaces filled with every type of plant you can imagine. The landscape consists of rolling green hills that stretch to the sea. The beaches are tropical looking, with blue-green water. Even though this is the popular tourist circuit, leading up to the Bay of Islands, we had plenty of space all to ourselves.

New Zealand is about the size of California but only has the population of Orange County, so everybody has more than enough space to roam. Thankfully after a few days the weather warmed up and we have spent every moment enjoying the great outdoors. We're really enjoying our little campervan and the freedom it gives us.



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