On 1st Oct, 2015, we headed off on a journey, hoping to travel around the world. 


We have sailed across the Atlantic and up through the Caribbean, toured North, Central and South America  in our VW van and are now enjoying our trip through New Zealand. 


Enjoy our blog - older posts are found at the very bottom of the blog page.

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July 31, 2020

It was time to visit Janis and Richie at their farm near Feilding.  Apart from catching up, the highlight was a round of golf.  We hadn't played for years, so it was fun just hacking around.  A bit of a pain - Rachel always hits the ball straight - whilst I take the in...

July 31, 2020

We left Raglan six days after the country moved to Alert Level 2 and headed to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui on the East Coast.  During our stay, we hiked up the Mount, visited the local Hot Pools and caught up with friends, Lou and Victoria.  Our next stops were Whakat...

July 12, 2020

By mid-March, a full New Zealand lock-down was imminent and at 1pm on 23 March the NZ Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, finally announced Alert level 3 for 48 hour hours, increasing to Alert Level 4 - full lock-down.  Enough time to get ready.

Our timing wa...

June 21, 2020

We have visited New Zealand previously a number of times: Rachel and her thumb in the 1980's; and both of us in a car in 1994, just after Rachel had finished a 6-month secondment in Auckland.  Neither of us had ever visited the Coromandel Peninsular, a must do on most...

June 18, 2020

From Tapotopu Bay, we completed our journey to almost the most northerly point - Cape Reinga.  An amazing spot with beautiful views.  A place where the Tasman sea meets the Pacific ocean.  Cape Reinga is the end of the road, and in Maori tradition the spirits of the de...

June 18, 2020

It was early February and we were finally off in the van to explore New Zealand.  Since arriving in late November the weather had been hot and sunny.  Parts of the North Island were suffering a drought. 

What better start to travels, than an invitation to join...

May 2, 2020

On 27th November, 2019 we landed in Auckland, New Zealand with a nine-month visa (extendable by three months) and we were looking forward to Christmas with Rachel's family followed by a tour of the North and South Islands.  All we had to do was relax and await the arri...

March 21, 2020

We left Rio de Janeiro, heading south.  We had a long drive ahead of us, 4,000 kilometres, on a mixed bag of roads.  Our final destination the container port in San Antonio, Chile. 

En route we needed to find a new windscreen for the van.  The screen had...

March 13, 2020

A jaunt around Brazil wouldn’t be complete without a wander through Rio.

Rio de Janeiro – Brazil’s 2nd largest city with part of the city designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Mis-named because it is not by a Rio (river), but at the mouth of a huge bay – Guanaba...

March 1, 2020

Salvador, also known as Saõ Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, was one of the two places we wanted to stop at on our way towards Chile and ultimately New Zealand.  With limited time, we didn't do this city full justice - it is after all the capital of the state of B...

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