Road trip New Zealand North Island (II)

After first three days on the road and all the beautiful nature around us we wanted more! We didn’t really have planned what we want to do and where we want to go because it is definitely more exciting to plan while you are on the move. After Coromandel, Rotorua and Taupo I took the map to see where to next! It is easy to travel like that when you have a car and our campervan was a perfect choice for the trip like this one. We rented it in one of the chepaest rentals here and it completely met our expectations!

When you have the equipment like this one in you trunk you can go to the end of the world!

So, our next stop was Cape Kidnappers, the home of the largest gannet colony in the world and I have to say: that huge sandstone looks really fascinating! You can’t get to the cape by car but of course there are other ways. You can take a helicopter, ride the tractor along the beach or you can walk from Clifton. It is eight kilometers long walk and it is possible to complete it only if you start at the right time. Before you go check the low tide times and make sure to have enough time to do the return walk. And what about the name of this cape? As captain Cook’s journal says in 1769. Maori wanted to kidnap Tiata, servant of a member of captains’ Cook’s crew. He was in the water when a Maori dragged him on their fishing boat but Cook’s sailors opened the fire and Tiata manage to escape. There it is, that is why today we have the place called Cape Kidnappers!


On the next day we continued our ride to Wellington. On the way to the south we stop in Manawatu Gorge and went for a walk. It is really nice place where you can enjoy in the native bush and in the views of the river, reserve or windfarms. This track is situated east of the Palmerston North, it is on the SH 3, you can’t miss it!

In the end we arrived to Wellington, colorful small coastal city and we loved it! Finally we know why it is called “the coolest little capital in the world” and we totally agree with that nickname!

Food market is definitely great place to eat something delicious. Here you can find the food from all over the world.

While we were there we didn’t want to miss the chance to visit the seal colony at the Owhiro Bay. At the end of the 40 minutes long walk, to the Red Rocks, colony of around 150 seals are waiting for you. This rocks are formed by undersea volcanic eruptions and obviously make a perfect home for this cute creatures. Oh, what a perfect way to finish a road trip, isn’t it?


Idea to move from Croatia and live somewhere else is in our heads for a few years now but we didn’t really have good plan what to do and how to get out from here. Our first wish was to move to Sweden and that’s one of the reasons why we went there in October, to see how it will be to live there. We loved that Scandinavian country, and you never know, maybe we will end up there someday, but in the meantime something else happened. For the first time New Zealand let Croatians to apply for Working holiday visa. So we applied but at first we really didn’t think that both of us will get it because there was only 100 visas. In less than a month we got the answer from the officer that had our cases. The answer was positive, our application is approved and we can go and live in New Zealand!!! I would like that we can go there tomorrow but there are few things that we need to arrange before we leave our country. I always loved the stories from the people that left their everyday life just to live as they want. And now it will be my story. I will quit my office 8 to 16 job and move to New Zealand. After one year there I don’t know what will be, but honestly I don’t care, as Doris Day says in her famous song: “Que sera, sera whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see, que sera, sera, what will be, will be”. Now I don’t really know what to expect from New Zealand but for some reason I think that we’ll love it. We read a lot about that place and it seems very nice place to live. Great thing is that our friends also applied for visa and got it so we will meet them there in the end of the year, when they are planning to arrive. We are leaving on 5th of June and untill then we have enough time to save some money, rent our place out and for me to quit my job. I have to say that that really makes me happy 🙂 Past three years in the office were OK but now I’m ready to discover something else, something new. I think that New Zealand will be great place to start!!!

Your story: Have you been to New Zealand? What do you think about the life there?