Tim & Anja's New Zealand Adventure travel blog

Packing up food in our little rental car

Our first stop in Geraldine, snacking on a super tasty waffle with...

Katie amongst the flowers at Lake Tekapo

The weather didn't cooperate on our first day, but Katie still smiled...

"Borrowing" one of the boats that goes out into the glacier water

What an awesome way to start our day climbing the Sealy Tarns...

Admiring the view

Katie going higher and higher - see the video of the sledding...

The view from Rocky Mountain looking over Wanaka and Mt. Aspiring

Just a classic scene of sheep herding along the roadside

Hmmm, how high is this ford in the road? Will the car...

Not quite an exact measurement, but it worked :)

We ended up parking the car after only 1 ford, then walking...

At the Rob Roy glacier at the end of the hike.

Katie on the Ben Lomand trail in Queenstown with the Remarkables mountains...

Yes, we went to the top of this mounatin, Ben Lomand, at...

We made it to the top!! check out the video for the...

Overlooking the valley after coming up the Routeburn track

Enjoying dinner on our cottage porch

Hanging out on the beach in Christchurch

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Sledding down the snow in Mt. Cook National Park - a little...

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360 degree view on top of Ben Lomand in Queenstown - listen...


After a quick one night "stop over" in Christchurch back home, Katie and I headed off last Saturday morning on part two of the road trip. Sadly Anja had to work the next few days, and we missed her greatly.

Definitely the theme of our brother and sister time together was 'active'. Our 5 days of travel were so simple, basically: get up relatively early (7-ish), breakfast in my case, coffee for Katie, drive an hour or so, start walking in beautiful scenery most of the day, get exhausted, check into a hostel, eat dinner, write in the journal and read, then crash in bed around 9.

Each night we tried to stay awake until dark, but often couldn't make it. It's light these days till practically 10 pm, it's great :) We were super lucky with sunny weather, each day the views seemed to get better and better. Looking back, we realized our hikes fell into certain categories: first was the steepest, next day was the longest, then the highest, and lastly the easiest.

It was awesome to spend so much time with Katie. It's a rare opportunity to hang out with each other these days, let alone over a two week period. When's the last time you were able to hang out with your sibling for such an extended length of time? We definitely felt lucky, and caught up with chats about all sorts of stuff, from relationships, careers, friends, music and plenty more.

Time to go, dinner is almost ready in the Mosehauer household. No turkey for us this Thanksgiving, (I really miss egg nog more). Gobble gobble, hope you had a good one, and are thankful for what you have :) We sure are!



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