Decision to move to the south of the South Island came out of nowhere. Was it a good decision? I’m sure it was! I really liked Auckland but during the last few weeks we were thinking about moving to the less crowded place, with no traffic jams and with less rain so getting a job on the other side of the country came as a good push to leave Auckland sooner. During the past year we travelled almost all around North Island so moving to the south was an obvious step and here we are, in Invercargill. Our new address is in one of the southernmost cities in the world.
It is great to be able to move quickly, believe me, not having a lot of luggage is perfect! Everything fitted in our car and we were ready for ten days trip and more than 1600 kilometres which led us all the way to the south – New Plymouth, Levin, Whanganui, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Ashburton, Timaru, Oamaru, Invercargill!
Our first stop was New Plymouth. We were there already but, because of the weather, we weren’t able to see Mount Taranaki so we went there again. And what happened? The weather was the same. Rain didn’t stop for a second and the fog was so thick. It gave us the reason to come back again, maybe third time will be the lucky one and we will have the chance to visit Egmont National Park during a nice sunny day. My friends were there last weekend and they sent me the photo of the mountain, so beautiful, right?
Two hours later we arrived in Whanganui, home of Whanganui River, the longest navigable waterway in New Zealand. This river runs all the way from Mt Tongariro to the sea…
Wonderful scenery was following us while we were driving along the Kapiti Coast. Beaches with no end were on our way all the time…
Next stop, Wellington. Still my favourite city here in New Zealand. I don’t really know why I like this city so much. It is a nice place to be but there’s a lot great places around here so that’s probably not the reason. You know how in some places you just feel right? That’s how I feel when I’m in Wellington.
Early morning was the time to get on the ferry to Picton. I was so excited about this three hours long ride across the Cook Strait. Not only because I like sailing and being on the sea but because I will finally reach South Island and will be able to see on my own if there is a truth in stories about how different this place is comparing to the North of the country.