Sheila & Terry's New Zealand special holiday travel blog

Getting to grips with the van..... first flapjack

Weather and seasons

It is late winter/early spring here but the temperature is similar to the summer we left in England. Some of the trees are bare as in winter but there are swallows flying around and skylarks singing in the sky as if it is mid summer in England. The sounds of the birds are all different and the Tui makes a very distinctive sound as it feeds on the flame tree flowers not dissimilar to the chime of the cows grazing high on the meadows.

Day light

Sunrise is at the moment here in the north about 7am and sunset is now about 6pm which is a little limiting.

The main thing I have learnt is that my sense of direction has had to adapt to the sun being in the north at midday (something that caused trouble when navigating in Auckland without a map initially!) AND how to be very organised in the campervan.


It has been a very steep learning curve for both of us to cope in the small van but now we can remember to put things back in the same place and we have a place for everything we are managing well.

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