Marc & Lisy's little adventure travel blog

Shipwreck Bay on a small surf day. This is a surfer's dream,...

Looking North to 90 Mile beach- the land here stretches to the...

This is our campsite, the beach is just to the right!

In New Zealand there are more grazing animals (sheep and cows) than...

The Hokianga Sand Dunes. There are inlets and bays everywhere, every view...

Lisy going for a little hike in the woods, or a "tramp...

This deserted beach had huge pieces of driftwood everywhere. They are like...

When was the last time you saw a road like this- maybe...

This is a protected rainforest, the rare Kiwi birds live around here.

This is New Zealand's tallest Kauri tree. It is 150 feet tall...

Sun Set on the East Coast, we watched this from our little...

A shot from the car. We rarely saw other people or houses,...

Marc, taking a break from driving on the car ferry across a...


After working our way up New Zealand's beautiful East Coast, we crossed over to the wild West side. This side of the country borders the windy and rough Tasman sea, and is even more remote feeling than the East coast. We're amazed by how few people there are. We would literally drive for miles without seeing another car, house, or sign of human life- it was refreshing after the population density of Asia. And the few locals that we did see were so friendly. The Kiwis seem to always smile and strike up a conversation. Just asking directions at a gas station can lead to a long and friendly chat. Even other surfers are kind, and they have given us lots of tips on where to find the best waves- surfers in California would never do that!!

Other than the wide open beaches, the most amazing stretch of coast was the protected Waipu forest. Here are the largest Kauri trees, found only in NZ, and many other native plants. The forest is so dense and different looking, that you feel like you have stepped back in time. The sounds, sights, and even smell of this forest add to the unique experience.

Even though we have only been here just over a week, we are thoroughly impressed by New Zealand. The land is so beautiful and clean- nobody throws trash out of their windows- and the people are super nice. Oh, and the surf is pretty good too! So Lisy and I are sure that we will enjoy our time here, we are even going to extend our stay!!



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